Zaha Hadid Architects has been shortlisted for this year’s Stirling prize, awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects to the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.
Other projects in the shortlist include The Shard by Renzo Piano as well as Europe’s largest public library by Mecanoo, Irish Firm O’Donnell + Tuomey’s London School of Economics, as well as Feilden Clegg Bradley’s extension to the Manchester School of Art and the new Everyman Theatre by Howorth Tompkins in Liverpool.
Stephen Hodder, RIBA president said this year’s shortlist displays the poetry of public architecture adding that “the shortlist comprises no ordinary swimming pool, office block, theatre, library or university- they are beautiful, inspiring and transformative new buildings that their communities can relish and be proud of.”
“This RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is sending out the clear message that great buildings don’t only need great architects and clients, but they need the patronage of the community they have been designed to serve if they are to be truly successful,” he said.
“They are remarkably crafted buildings and the closer you look at their detail, both internally and externally, and their materiality, the more impressive they become.”
Both Zaha Hadid and Feilden Clegg Bradley have won the prize before, while O’Donnell + Tuomey and Haworth Tompkins have both been previously nominated for the prize.