The winner was announced last Friday night (27.06.08) at a dinner at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel, beating Cullum and Nightingale Architects’ ritish High Commission in Kampala, Uganda and Coop Himmelb(l)au’s Akron Art Museum in Akron, USA.
Speaking exclusively to the AJ on Friday, Gianni Botsford said: ‘I’m really surprised [by the win]. I didn’t think the scale of it would overcome the other entrants.’
Also announced on Friday were the 16 RIBA National Award winners, the 10 RIBA European Award winners and this year’s Client of the Year Award, which was handed to the Coin Street Community Builders.
The Stirling Prize longlist will be drawn automatically from the National Award winners as well as the European Award winners where they are eligible.
Speaking on the night RIBA president Sunand Prasad said: ‘RIBA awards are only made to buildings that really work for their users. They are a studied response by architect and lay judges not only to the submitted material but most importantly to tours of buildings conducted by the clients and architects of the schemes.’
The Stirling Prize shortlist of six will be announced on Thursday 17 July and the winner will be unveiled on Saturday 11 October. The Stirling Prize is sponsored by the AJ.