The AJ has gazed into its crystal ball to come up with some of likely contenders for next year's Stirling Prize. On these two pages are the projects we think could be in the running. . .
Sarah Wigglesworth says she will enter her best-known project, 9 Stock Orchard Street - or the Straw Bale House - next year if she can assure the RIBA judges it is 'finished' in their definition of the phrase. The office and residential scheme uses a range of technologies taken from outside normal construction techniques, not from the usual hi-tech industries but from domestic, vernacular and amateur traditions. Straw bales, recycled concrete and sandbags are among the materials used.
The venue for this year's Stirling Prize ceremony at the British Museum, by Foster and Partners, is another likely finalist for next year's honour. The £100 million project included roofing over the courtyard of the museum, adding new underground spaces and transforming Sydney Smirke's Reading Room into a public library. It entered the public consciousness, though, for neglecting to use Portland stone in the reconstruction of the south portico.
Alsop Architects plans to enter Colorium, an 18-storey multicoloured office block in Dusseldorf, for next year's Stirling Prize.The £11 million tower has three multicoloured facades and black and white asymmetric stripes on the fourth.Thanks to a large illuminated overhang which glows red at night, the building can be seen from about 7km away. Having already clinched the Stirling Prize for Peckham Library last year, Will Alsop's practice will be vying with Wilkinson Eyre to be the first architect to win the award twice.
Hudson Featherstone's four-/five-bedroom 285m 2timber and steel-frame house could also be a contender.The low-energy scheme is on a suburban site in Hertfordshire adjacent to other recently completed houses of similar sizes which once formed part of the Northaw Estate.The building is sculpted by a number of elements, including an inclined stair wall acting as a light scoop and a suspended water drop where rainwater collects and washing and bathing occur.
Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Stirling Prize winner in 2001 for Magna, could be in the running again with its well-received Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The £22 million project across the River Tyne, designed with engineer Gifford and Partners, is a structure which opens in an action similar to that of a blinking eye.
The Richard Rogers Partnership confirms that it will be entering Lloyd's Register of Shipping - a 14storey headquarters building in the City of London which includes a general committee room, chairman's conference room and a smoking room. It incorporates the 71 Fenchurch Street building built in 1901.
Wilkinson Eyre's bridge scheme might have another competitor for the Stirling on Tyneside.Ellis Williams'£22 million Baltic Flour Mills project is a visual-arts centre taking shape on the Gateshead side of the river. The practice's Dominic Williams says he intends to submit the project, which will be complete next May.
Foster and Partners is likely to figure again for the practice's headquarters building on the banks of the Thames for the Greater London Authority. The project, to be called 'City Hall', will house the offices of London mayor Ken Livingstone when completed next summer.
Bill Dunster's eco-project in Sutton is entering next time round and looks a likely candidate for the top award. Called the Beddington Zero Energy Development, it is a housing and mixeduse project which aims to highlight sustainable development.
The project will be a 'carbon neutral community'- that is, the first to add no carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.