The AJ’s alternative judging panel has named Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects’ City of Glasgow College the project it thinks should win the Stirling Prize
Having visited all six projects shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize, the AJ’s panel – which included Invisible Studio founder Piers Taylor, developer Martyn Evans, ex-AOC participation specialist Daisy Froud and architecture editor Laura Mark – met to make their decision last week.
Although wowed by the detailing of Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery, the judges thought that Glasgow College ‘showed how much difference a good, skilled architect can make to an unambitious brief’.
Evans said: ‘When you really understood the story of how it got made, what an immense amount of work the architects had to do, you felt the institution was being challenged by the building, but in a way that felt very natural.
Taylor added: ‘The client could have just got a middle-ranking practice which could have just given them a commercial building, and they would have been quite happy. Every move beyond just giving that client an ordinary building was driven by the architect.’
In the alternative jury’s view, the project saw off competition from Herzog & de Meuron’s Blavatnik School of Government, Loyn & Co’s Modernist Outhouse, WilkinsonEyre’s Weston Library, and dRMM’s Trafalgar Place.
But will the AJ’s winner be the same as the jury’s? We’ll have to wait until tonight when the official announcement is made at 66 Portland Place to find out.
The AJ’s Alternative Judging Panel