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Alec French scoops Gulbenkian

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Alec French Architects' museum dedicated to the SS Great Britainhas sailed off with this year's £100,000 Gulbenkian Prize.

The building scooped the country's most prestigious award for museum and gallery architecture at a ceremony last night.

The centre, which features an innovative glass 'sea' roof that wraps around Isambard Kingdom Brunel's famous iron ship, saw off competition from Feilden Clegg Bradley, Panter Hudspith and Julian Bicknell & Associates.

In a review of the building (AJ 16.03.06) Mark Whitby described the fabric of the museum as being 'in a state of artful decay [which] suggests a business that is transient and about the crafting of great objects.'

The historic and record-breaking ship, launched in 1843, was brought back to its award-winning home in Bristol from the Falklands in 1970.

by Richard Waite

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