Britain’s best buildings

30 July 2013

The six finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize, UK’s most prestigious architecture award, have been selected based on their originality and contribution to British architecture.

The award is the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade. Riba says the finalists proves “creative vision improves our lives”. Concrete.TV introduces the six finalists, each with their unique features. 

Comment by Will Gompertz: 
The briefest glance at this year’s Stirling Prize shortlist tells you modernism is still the name of the architectural awards game. Nothing wrong with that per se: there is beauty in architectural simplicity – as demonstrated by the ancient Greeks, Palladio and more recently by the likes of Oscar Niemeyer and Sir David Chipperfield.

Five of the six architects feature for the first time. It is also the first time in the prize’s 18-year history that as many as half of the shortlisted firms have women at the helm.

The six shortlisted buildings vary in size and purpose, but all will be judged by the same criteria: Their design excellence and their significance to the evolution of architecture and the built environment.

They are:

  1. Park Hill Phase 1, Sheffield
  2. University of Limerick Medical School
  3. Newhall Be, Harlow
  4. Bishop Edward King Chapel, Oxfordshire
  5. Giants Causeway Visitor Centre, County Antrim
  6. Astley Castle, Warwickshire

You can read more about the finalists here

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