Bookmaker William Hill has slashed the odds of David Chipperfield winning this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize after a flurry of punters waged money on the architect’s shortlisted Neues Museum in Berlin
Originally priced at an appetising 11/2, the museum scheme which was designed with Julian Harrap Architects has now been repriced at 9/4, reflecting the huge wave of interest in the project.
The scheme secure a second Stirling prize for previous victor Chipperfield (see Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar) but it is still ranked behind the runaway favourite - Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI museum in Rome.
Nevertheless Hadid’s odds have taken a knock following the betting surge on the Neues - her museum of 21st Century Arts slipping from evens (1/1) to 11/10. Meanwhile the chances of the remaining four finalist winning the biggest prize in British architecture have all dropped, according to William Hill, with Theis & Kahn’s Bateman’s Row plummeting to a lowly 9/1.
Rupert Adams, a spokesman for William Hill, said: ‘All the money is for the Neues Museum - 80 per cent of the bets placed so far.’
Latest Stirling Prize odds (28 July)
- 11/10 Maxxi museum
- 9/4 Neues
- 6/1 Clapham Manor
- 6/1 Ashmolean
- 7/1 Christ College
- 9/1 Bateman’s Row
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Bookies make Zaha favourite to land her first Stirling Prize
Bookmaker William Hill has made MAXXI museum the odds-on favourite to land Zaha Hadid her first RIBA Stirling Prize victory
The Iraq-born architect, who has now been shortlisted for the most prestigious prize in British Architecture four times, is even money (1/1) to scoop the award with the rest of the field trailing far behind. According to William Hill none of the other buildings warrants odds of less than 5/1 (see bottom).
David Chipperfield, who won the prize in 2007 with his Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar, Germany and has been shortlisted on four other occasions, is given little chance of repeating his victory.
The architect’s overhaul of the Neues Museum in Berlin - designed with Julian Harrap Architects - has been given lowly odds of just 11/2.
Rupert Adams, a spokesman for William Hill said: ‘All three of our compilers were immediately fascinated by the MAXXI and we think it has a max chance of winning.’
Explaining why the Chipperfield museum ranked so far down the field, Adams added: ‘Previous form is a terrible indicator in sport. We have only looked at the current buildings.’
Last year William Hill laughed all the way to the bank following Richard Rogers’ Stirling Prize win with his Maggie’s Centre in London
The victory surprised many punters who had waged the most cash on Tony Fretton’s Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, the runaway favourite, which had been given odds of just 6/4 to win in the days before Saturday’s prize-giving ceremony (17.10.09).
Stirling Prize odds
- Evens Maxxi museum
- 5/1 Clapham Manor
- 5/1 Ashmolean
- 11/2 Neues Museum
- 6/1 Christ College
- 7/1 Bateman’s Row