6 Buildings Shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize 2017

John Hill
20. July 2017
The six shortlisted buildings (Photos via RIBA)

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the six shortlisted buildings for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, aka "the UK's best new building."

The shortlist was culled from the 49 winners of the RIBA National Awards, which were announced just last month. Although at the time RIBA President Jane Duncan was "pleased to see great examples of well designed, sustainable new homes amongst our award winners," only one residential project made it into the shortlist. The other projects are a college, two museums, a public pier, and a photography studio. 

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2017 will be announced on 31 October 2017 at London's Roundhouse. Recent Stirling Prize winners include Caruso St John's Newport Street Gallery (2016), AHMM's Burntwood School (2015), and Haworth Tompkins' Everyman Theatre (2014).

Barretts Grove by Amin Taha + Groupwork (Photo © Timothy Soar)

Barretts Grove
Amin Taha + Groupwork

"Barretts Grove is a characterful building in a disjointed urban street. Its adjacency to a primary school is a fitting location for a house built with the fairy-tale materials of brick, wood and straw. Inside, the building holds a series of generously proportioned, well-lit apartments; each with a wicker basket balcony that sticks out proud and far, like a salute to passers-by."

City of Glasgow College - City Campus by Reiach And Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects (Photo © Keith Hunter)

City of Glasgow College - City Campus
Reiach And Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects

"The merger of Glasgow’s central, metropolitan and nautical colleges created a super college bringing together facilities and teaching previously housed in 11 separate buildings across the city within two new central campuses. City Campus, more than 60,000m2 in size, is the second of these large new buildings. It brings together six major faculties in 300 high-tech classrooms, multi-purpose lecture theatres and specialist teaching facilities."

Command of the Oceans by Baynes and Mitchell Architects (Photo © Hélène Binet)

Command of the Oceans
Baynes and Mitchell Architects

"This project is a champion for progressive conservation, inventive re-use and adaptation of existing fabric. The importance of the historic fabric has been clearly understood, which has allowed freedom in other areas to change the circulation and the reading of the buildings to give the whole complex of buildings a new lease of life."

Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects (Photo: Alex de Rijke)

Hastings Pier
dRMM Architects

"It has taken a seven-year heroic collaboration to turn a smouldering pier in disrepair and decline into a vibrant public space with a palpable sense of ownership. This collaboration has been between the community, the Council, the engineers and the architect and it is the architect’s vision which has been vital throughout to steer the process. After extensive stakeholder consultation, it was clear to dRMM that the pier would be expected to host many different populist scenarios."

Photography Studio for Juergen Teller by 6a architects (Photo © Johan Dehlin)

Photography Studio for Juergen Teller
6a architects

"The project comprises a series of three buildings and gardens to form a new studio, offices and archive for celebrated photographer Juergen Teller. The brief was for a light-filled, flexible, informal and welcoming set of spaces; with a natural flow and sociability."

The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Photo © Joas Souza)

The British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

"The WCEC building is located on the north-west corner of the British Museum site in Bloomsbury. It consists of five vertically linked pavilions (one of which is located entirely underground), and houses a new exhibition gallery, laboratories and conservation studios, storage, and facilities to support the Museum’ logistical requirements and loans programme."

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