Foster's Bloomberg HQ Wins Stirling Prize
10. October 2018
Photo: Nigel Young
Foster + Partners' design for the headquarters of Bloomberg, London has won the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new building.
The announcement came tonight at a ceremony at London's Roundhouse. Bloomberg, London bested five finalists: Bushey Cemetery by Waugh Thistleton Architects, Chadwick Hall by Henley Halebrown, New Tate St Ives by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery by MUMA LLP, and The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre by Niall McLaughlin Architects.
The half-dozen finalists were a sedate bunch, and perhaps it was the presence of the "Vortex" in Bloomberg, London, created by Olafur Eliasson, that pushed Norman Foster's building over the edge. That the project also won the "people's vote," which was revealed before tonight's ceremony, hinted at its success with the Stirling Prize jury.
The Bloomberg Vortex (Photo: Nigel Young)
Foster + Partners' Bloomberg, London joins more than twenty other Stirling Prize winners including dRMM's Hastings Pier (2017), Caruso St. John's Newport Street Gallery (2016), and AHMM's Burntwood School (2015). It is the third Stirling Prize win for Norman Foster, whose firm won in in 1998 for the Imperial War Museum and in 2004 for 30 St. Mary Axe.