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Poll: AJ readers back Whitworth to win RIBA Stirling Prize

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MUMA’s Whitworth has come out as the favourite to win this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize in a poll of AJ readers

The gallery in Manchester was chosen by 23 per cent of the 465 architects, technologists, students and clients who voted in the survey.

Yet there was just two per cent between the top three buildings. Reiach and Hall’s Maggie’s Lanarkshire came a close second to the Whitworth with 22 per cent of the vote, followed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Burntwood School on 21 per cent.

The results are similar to the odds currently being offered by the bookies who claim the contest is the closest in years.

According to bookmaker William Hill there is little to choose between Reiach and Hall’s Maggie’s Centre, MUMA’s the Whitworth and Niall McLaughlin Architects’ Darbishire Place.

However in the AJ poll Darbishire Place didn’t fare quite so well, with just 14 per cent of readers backing it to win the award.

The University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng received 13 per cent of the vote while just six per cent wanted Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners’ NEO Bankside to pick up the accolade.

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced at a ceremony on 15 October.

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Maggie’s Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall

Maggie’s Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects

Maggie’s Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects

Source: David Grandorge

Maggie’s Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects

‘Neil Gillespie + @reiachandhall get my vote … beautiful building and a wonderful story #StirlingPrize @RIBA’
@aGibb_

It was clearly a labour of love for the contractors

‘Maggie’s by Reiach and Hall is an exceptional building completed by, in my view, Scotland’s top architect Neil Gillespie and supported by Laura Kinnaird. I was interviewed there by the BBC on Monday, and I’ve visited a number of times now to show colleagues from the USA and China around. Each time I see something different and always leave deeply impressed. Health buildings, like schools, are projects where architects can do real good, to the extent that their work can extend life and improve learning. The quality of detailing is wonderful throughout, and it was clearly a labour of love for the contractors. It’s a building that will even get better with age, as the garden matures, the bag-rolled joints weather and attract vines and lichens, and the Danish brick quietens. The building is secluded but not isolated; surrounded by a veil of brickwork that in places is almost transparent. It is part of the community but also private. I love it. It would be a worthy winner, absolutely.’
Alan Dunlop, Alan Dunlop Architects

‘The architects have a clear understanding of the end users and their inherent sensitivities. The subsequent response is a building that provides a light and airy, tactile, comforting experience.’
Fraser Davie, Keppie

‘Thoughtful, respectful, beautiful architecture.’
Paulo Pirroni, Dexter Moren Associates

The Whitworth by MUMA

The Whitworth by MUMA

The Whitworth by MUMA

Source: Alan Williams

The Whitworth by MUMA

‘Visited the Whitworth on Saturday - it really is beautiful, and would be a worthy winner!’
@S_Wiggy

‘#StirlingPrize @RIBA this is my winner; delicious channelling of Burrell park setting, amazing mirror steel. Sublime.’
@MrBoyce

‘@WhitworthArt Gallery tour with @Pozzoni_Arch What a space!! #StirlingPrize shoe in!’
@a1exmcGuire

‘Enjoyed @RIBA run down of #StirlingPrize shortlist. @WhiteowrthArt by MUMA or Maggies by @reiachandhall for me.’
@pickerchu

‘Great visit to @WhitworthArt, know who is my fave for #stirlingprize’
@knights_s

‘First visit to @WhitworthArt today. Beautiful renovation and an amazing space. Well worth the #StirlingPrize.’
@AlcockNiall

‘A very understated building, possibly a masterclass of its type.’
Alan Macdonald, Atelier-M

‘The extension complements and enhances the original building and connects wonderfully with the surrounding parkland.’
Seb Salisbury, FWP Architects

Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Source: Timothy Soar

Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

‘#StirlingPrize - I am fancying Burntwood School, Southwark by AHMM’
@lowcarbonbox

Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects

Source: Nick Kane

Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects

‘We need good housing! I want people to live in beautiful, modern, light and airy, affordable, eco-friendly houses - not all that toy town stuff.’
Nick Paul, Gilburt and Paul

‘An interesting shortlist. Not as strong as in recent years, but the success of Darbishire Place should influence social housing (and potentially British architecture in general) for years to come.’
Phil Gilder, Allies and Morrison

This year the conversation is all about housing

‘It was a very close call for me between MUMA and Derbyshire Place: it is difficult to compare the two,  given the  scale and complexity of MUMA versus the very obvious and humdrum role of an urban housing block. In the end I decided that this year the conversation is all about housing, an area that has been neglected for far  too long.  Niall McLaughlin’s scheme is “ordinary”, as Biedermeier furniture was “ordinary”. It is designed without pomp and circumstance, it is honest and does what it says on the tin. And yet, it contributes to making London a liveable place, it is elegant, and very appropriate. Thus it got my vote. Too much architecture these days is all about flamboyant superficiality. Here we have the real thing.’ 
Barbara Weiss, Barbara Weiss Architects

‘Too often buildings are parachuted into the urban environment like a visiting spaceship. Not this building, it’s sensitive to the neighbourhood. Niall McLaughlin Architects have been mindful that the people living in it will want to feel at home in it. I think they have achieved that with considerable style.’
Michael McHugh, Westside Design

‘Understated, respectful and distinctive. Shows that the best architecture can be about responding quietly and considerately, without the need to make a scene!’
Graham Bizley, Prewett Bizley Architects

University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng

University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng Architects

University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng Architects

Source: Hufton + Crow

University of Greenwich by Heneghan Peng Architects

‘A beautiful, clean and inspiring piece of architecture. If University of Greenwich does not improve as a faculty whilst being surrounded and engulfed by a building of such quality…… it will never.’
Darren Robertson, HKS Architects

‘It makes the most of a difficult site, it’s beautifully scaled and responds well to its context. There is some shoddy detailing but I expect that had nothing to do with the architect. It’ a building I enjoy walking around when I’m in that part of London.’
Christopher Moore

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Source: Edmund Sumner

NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

‘Beautiful buildings, immaculately detailed, great public realm.’
William Gordon, Foster + Partners

 

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