Cultural buildings including museums and two schools have dominated the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize. The prize, in its 15th year, is regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes in architecture, with Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum of Art in Rome tipped to win the £20,000 prize.
Rick Mather’s Ashmolean Museum extension in Oxford, and David Chipperfield Architects’ Neues Museum in Berlin have also made the shortlist. The remaining places in the shortlist have been awarded to three much lower profile projects - Bateman’s Row in London by Theis & Khan; DSDHA’s Christ’s College school in Guildford; and Clapham Manor primary school in London by dRMM.
“This is the first year that two schools have been shortlisted for the prize,” said RIBA president and Stirling judge Ruth Reed.
“They represent what all schools should be: light, well-laid-out and well-equipped environments in which all students can flourish. With the programme to improve our extremely poor school estate now much reduced, it could be some time before we see such exemplar school buildings on the Stirling shortlist again.”
Ruth Reed along with the other judges, Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour, Edward Jones of Dixon Jones, historian Lisa Jardine and broadcaster Mark Lawson will visit each of the six buildings before the winner is announced on October 2nd 2010. The awards ceremony will be hosted by Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud at the Roundhouse in London in the autumn and be broadcast live by the BBC’s Culture Show in a new slot after moving from its previous home at Channel 4.