RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist

John Hill
19. July 2019
Image courtesy of RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed the six buildings in the running for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize, which annually awards the "UK's best new building."

The projects, which were culled from the 54 RIBA National Awards winners revealed last month, range from an experimental house made from cork to a major London transport interchange. The last five Stirling Prize winners have been an office headquarters in London, a recreational pier in East Sussex, an art gallery in London, a girls' school in London, and a theater in Liverpool. If these winning buildings are any indication, it's unlikely this year's Stirling will go to a residential project, even though two of them (a house and a housing development) are shortlisted and are arguably the most interesting buildings in the group. Which project is deemed the UK's best new building will have to wait until October 8, 2019, when it will be crowned at a ceremony in London. 

Cork House (Photo: Ricky Jones, courtesy of RIBA)
The six shortlisted buildings:

  • Cork House, Berkshire (Architect: Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton): "an ingenious, experimental, carbon-neutral private house made almost entirely from cork"
  • Goldsmith Street, Norwich (Architect: Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley): "a large development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, designed to Passivhaus standards for Norwich City Council"
  • London Bridge Station (Architect: Grimshaw): "a radical reconfiguration and development of one of London’s busiest stations with a new voluminous, light-filled concourse"
  • Nevill Holt Opera, Leicestershire (Architect: Witherford Watson Mann Architects): "a contemporary opera theatre within a 17th-century stable block"
  • The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Moray (Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners): "a dynamic, high-tech visitor center with an undulating grass-covered roof"
  • The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Architect: Feilden Fowles Architects): "an exquisite new gallery nestled in the Yorkshire landscape"

Goldsmith Street (Photo: Tim Crocker, courtesy of RIBA)

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