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RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 - shortlist revealed


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has a double chance to repeat its 2006 Stirling Prize victory after both its winery in Spain and London Maggie’s Centre were shortlisted for this year’s prize, sponsored by the AJ with visualisation firm Crystal CG

Richard Rogers is the only architect on this year’s six-strong shortlist to have previously won the award, having landed the prestigious prize three years ago for his Barajas Airport in Madrid.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris will be hoping its Kentish Town Health Centre has better luck than its Westminster Academy, a frontrunner for last year’s prize, while Eric Parry Architects will also want its 5 Aldermanbury Square offices to go further than its 2003 shortlisting for its 30 Finsbury Square scheme.

The inclusion of BDP’s Liverpool One has forced jurors Sam Jacob of FAT and Edward Jones of Dixon Jones to drop out – both architects completed projects within the massive retail scheme. However it has since been confirmed the judging panel will now include Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT, John Sorrell of CABE and Thomas Heatherwick and will be chaired by John Tuomey, of Dublin-based O’Donnell and Tuomey.

The bookies’ early favourite is Tony Fretton Architects’ Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in Denmark (click hereto see William Hill’s latest odds on the Stirling prize).

The shortlist in full - click on each for full descriptions, citations and more images

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London’s Old Billingsgate Market on 17 October and will again be televised by Channel 4.

Click here for Kieran Long’s opinion on the shortlist, and his proposed alternative


Readers' comments (7)

  • What a dull list......absolutely in keeping with the prize money on offer.

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  • Well, maybe it's just me, but I think there is some pretty good stuff there. It's not like anyone's been building Gherkins this year.

    Kunstmuseum for the win!

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  • I think it may well be just you.

    Kunstmuseum and Aldermanbury Square are Chipperfields bastard children. AHMM are in danger of becoming the Wilkinson Eyre of the cut price Stirling

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  • Fuglsang Kunstmuseum should look pretty good in five years too, with all that white render. I think that could catch on more in Norway

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  • you mean Denmark? Catch on more in Denmark?

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  • No I'm from Copenhagen so I think it's fine for Norway

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  • Louisiana has whitewashed brick walls but they are mainly internal although a few are external so there is a precedent. I admit though it seems to place a great burden on the client to keep everything so prisitine.

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