And then there were six: 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist announced


July 17, 2014

Zaha Hadid has won the Stirling Prize before, can she do it again with the stunning London Aquatics Center? (Photo: Hufton and Crow)

Zaha Hadid has won the Stirling Prize before, can she do it again with the stunning London Aquatics Center? (Photo: Hufton and Crow)

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has narrowed its initial list of 44 British Buildings to just six. The Stirling Prize Shortlist is dominated by Renzo Piano's Shard and Zaha Hadid's London Aquatics Center, but there are other strong contenders, too.

Each of the half-dozen buildings are located in England – half in the nation's capital – and all but the Shard paid for with public money. Stirling Prize shortlist newcomer Renzo Piano and former winner Zaha Hadid are the most notable of the three London entries, and are joined by O'Donnell and Tuomey's London School of Economics' Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

Moving further north, Mecanoo's polarizing Library of Birmingham could perhaps prove a wildcard, while Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art, and Haworth Tompkins Liverpool Everyman Theatre round out what's proving a very good crop of British buildings.

Who will win? Hadid or Piano seem most likely contenders for the prize, with the Italian's dominating Shard our pick to win due to its overall impact. We'll know for sure come October 16.

Source: RIBA

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A friend just arrived back from London, after a month long stay for research for a book. He spent plenty of time sight seeing too. Not a single photo of ANY of these "things" that are featured here were taken. ZIP!

I will ask him later what he thought of the LATEST in design architecture. My own take is that all of this is done by effete insiders who have too much connection to the Public's coin. Like much of Modern --self called-- "Art" it seems to be a contest of just how outrageous they can go. There is NO connection to Culture, History.... kind of like the banal Euro Currency.

One group that benefits are the engineers. They have to take the garbage handed to them, and somehow make it structurally sound. Now, as for lasting For The Ages, I have my doubts. I can see that dark mold will love these things.

I wonder, as I type on my 24 inch iMac, what Steve Jobs would think of these things as he liked what can be described as modern, but with a kind of elegance & panache?

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