The AJ’s readers have overwhelmingly chosen Caruso St John’s Newport St Gallery as their favourite to win this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize
The scheme in Lambeth for artist Damien Hirst received nearly 35 per cent of the votes in the AJ’s online poll, almost 15 points ahead of its nearest rival, Outhouse, by Loyn & Co.
The £25 million project has been described by architecture critic Jay Merrick as the ‘best-conceived gallery design since David Chipperfield’s Hepworth Wakefield’ and, according to the AJ’s Ellis Woodman, boasts gallery spaces which ‘are simply the most beautiful of their kind in London’.
This year’s Stirling Prize remains one of the hardest to call in recent times. William Hill has declared the betting for the much-coveted prize the ‘closest ever’.
The bookmaker currently has a new favourite – the Blavatnik School of Government by Herzog & de Meuron (5/2) – having previously given Loyn & Co’s Outhouse the shortest odds.
Meanwhile the AJ’s own alternative jury has plumped for Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects’ City of Glasgow College as its Stirling Prize winner, selecting the scheme just ahead of Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery as the UK’s best new building.
The actual winner will be anounced shortly after 7pm tonight (6 October).
Readers’ poll results
Share of vote: 17.9%. Herzog & de Meuron won the Stiriling Prize in 2003 with the Laban Centre
Share of vote: 6.4%. Previous nominations: 2 (WilkinsonEyre has won twice before, with its Magna Centre in 2001 and with the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in 2002
Share of vote: 13.1%. Reiach and Hall was previously nominated in 2015 for Maggie’s Lanarkshire
Share of vote: 7.2%. dRMM was previously nominated in 2010 for Clapham Manor
Share of vote: 34.7%. Caruso St John has been nominated twice before: for its New Art Gallery Walsall in 2000 and for Brick House in 2006
Share of vote: 20.4%. This is Loyn & Co’s first listing in the Stirling Prize nominations