RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building, now in its 20th year, has been announced today (Thursday 16 July). The six exceptional shortlisted buildings will now go head-to-head for architecture’s highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on Thursday 15 October 2015.
RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 shortlist features the bold and characterful Burntwood School; a confident and highly-crafted new affordable housing development at Darbishire Place in east London; the modest and calm Maggie’s cancer care centre in Lanarkshire; the structurally-impressive luxury housing towers at NEO Bankside on London’s south bank; an ambitious new library and teaching building at theUniversity of Greenwich and the highly-original extension and refurbishment of The Whitworth art gallery in Manchester.
The shortlist for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize is:
BURNTWOOD SCHOOL, WANDSWORTH BY ALLFORD HALL MONAGHAN MORRIS
Bold, characterful new campus buildings with light-filled rooms and corridors add to a sense of this being a very collegiate school.
DARBISHIRE PLACE, PEABODY HOUSING, E1 BY NIALL MCLAUGHLIN ARCHITECTS
Dignified new 13-home Peabody apartment building, with refined proportions and details.
MAGGIE’S LANARKSHIRE BY REIACH AND HALL ARCHITECTS
Modest, low building that gathers a sequence of domestic-scaled spaces. Visitors enter via a quiet arrival court, defined by the low brick walls and two lime trees. At once, a sense of dignity and calm is encountered.
NEO BANKSIDE, SE1 BY ROGERS STIRK HARBOUR + PARTNERS
New luxury housing towers with exo-skeleton and external lifts on London’s South Bank – a well-mannered example of a structurally expressive architecture.
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH STOCKWELL STREET BUILDING, SE10 BY HENEGHAN PENG ARCHITECTS
Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this delightful building houses the main university library and the departments of Architecture, Landscape and Arts.
THE WHITWORTH, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER BY MUMA
Extension to the 19th century Whitworth Gallery – carefully crafted spaces emerge seamlessly from the existing as an integral yet individualistic part of the whole assembly.
The shortlist features projects by previous RIBA Stirling Prize winners Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Barajas Airport, 2006 (RRP); Maggie’s cancer care centre, London, 2009) – the Richard Rogers Partnership has previously been shortlisted four times (88 Wood Street, 2000; Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, 2002; The Senedd, 2006). AHMM has previously been shortlisted (Westminster Academy, 2008; The Angel Building, 2011), as have Niall McLaughlin Architects (Bishop Edward King Chapel, 2013) and Heneghan Peng Architects (Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, 2013), This is the first year MUMA and Reiach and Hall Architects have been shortlisted for the prize.
The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist features exceptional buildings designed for every stage of our lives: housing projects, a school, university, cultural and health buildings have all made the grade and show why the UK’s architectural talent and ambition is famed around the world.