Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner, the architect that was spurned when the Arts Council pulled the plug on its Harbourside concert hall, could win the prestigious Stirling Prize.
The Stuttgart-based practice, which was also eliminated in the first round of the competition for the Welsh parliament building, has won three prizes in the European category of the riba awards, from which the shortlist for the Stirling Prize is drawn. European awards go to buildings in the ec by riba members. Behnisch qualifies because Gunter Behnisch, who runs the practice with his son Stefan, is an honorary fellow of the riba. The three buildings are the central administration building of the Landesgirokasse Bank in Stuttgart, the State Insurance Agency, Schleswig Holstein in Lubeck, and Saint Benno Catholic Grammar School, Dresden.
The 61 winners of riba awards will then go forward to be judged for category awards, and the winner of the £20,000 Stirling Prize will be picked from those category winners.
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