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AJ exclusive: Doolan prize 2011 shortlist unveiled


I enjoyed Rory's polemic, most of which may well be true, but comparing the Small Animal Hospital with Zumthor's Kulumba Museum is plain unfair. Hardly anything bares comparison with Zumthor's work. The small animal hospital isn't fantastic in my opinion but it could compete with a few previous Stirling winners and when you compare it to some of the Stirling shortlist in recent years you would have to say it could have been shortlisted. Then take the fact that the small animal hospital is probably one of the weaker winners of the Doolan prize and there is an argument that a few Scottish builings are missing out. I've just flicked through the previous winners list and buildings like An Turas by Sutherland Hussey (a building zumthor would be proud of) and the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney by Reich and Hall should definately have been on the list. The Scottish Parliament is probably the only project that should have and did win the Stirling prize so the RIBA judges are not getting it totally wrong. Rory's other comment is the list is too long. I agree but in a way this is propoganda: promoting architects in Scotland and the 13 (eek!) practices will get nothing but good things from being on it. The RIAS doing their job?

Posted date

24 October, 2011

Posted time

3:48 pm