2022 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist Revealed
21. July 2022
100 Liverpool Street, London, by Hopkins Architects (Photo © Jane Airey, courtesy of RIBA)
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the six buildings in the running for the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize, considered "the UK’s most prestigious architecture award."
Whichever building is selected as the winner of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize when it is announced on October 13, 2022, its architect will be a first-time recipient of the prestigious prize. Four of the six architects in the running have been shortlisted for Stirling Prizes in previous years, but none of them have won. Whoever does end up winning, most likely the building will be an exemplar of design attentive to the climate crisis.
In the words of RIBA President Simon Allford, "As we grapple with housing, energy and climate crises, these six projects give cause for optimism, each offering innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future. From major capital city regeneration programs to new visions for higher education, they all share the ambition to deliver generous architecture fit for a low-carbon future."
He continues: "All six [shortlisted schemes] are [...] underpinned by their understanding of construction’s responsibility to mitigate and adapt to our climate crisis. From the reuse and upgrade of existing buildings to the conscious specification of low-carbon materials and technologies, to the thoughtful design of hybrid, flexible spaces – these schemes consider their environment and give generously to their community."
The shortlisted projects are listed below, though visit the RIBA website to see images of each building and read more about them.
The New Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge, by Niall McLaughlin Architects (Photo © Nick Kane, courtesy of RIBA)The six shortlisted buildings (with descriptions from RIBA):
- 100 Liverpool Street, London, by Hopkins Architects — "A net zero development encompassing a dramatic renovation and extension of a 1980s office block to create a suite of offices and commercial and public spaces in the heart of London’s financial district."
- Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, Scotland, by Reiach and Hall Architects — "A set of three cutting-edge higher-education facilities connected by courtyards and open learning spaces."
- Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London, by Henley Halebrown — "A striking red-brick complex that uniquely combines affordable housing with a new primary school for the growing east London community."
- Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, London, by Panter Hudspith Architects — "A playful cluster of buildings forming a new city block of 228 new homes and retail spaces wrapped around a communal garden – a major element of Elephant and Castle’s regeneration program."
- Sands End Arts and Community Centre, London, by Mæ Architects — "A welcoming, fully accessible single-storey building arranged around a disused lodge comprising flexible activity spaces and a community café."
- The New Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge, by Niall McLaughlin Architects — "An exquisitely detailed timber-framed library and study space, designed to replace that previously gifted by Samuel Pepys and projected to survive for another 400 years."