The shortlist for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize has been revealed, including London Bridge station’s Grimshaw-designed reconfiguration, a carbon-neutral cork house, a social rent Passivhaus scheme, a rural opera house, a whisky distillery visitor’s centre, and a Yorkshire gallery.
The buildings competing “range vastly in their type, scale, budget and location,” said RIBA.
The six shortlisted buildings are:
Cork House, in Berkshire, designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, described by RIBA as “an ingenious, experimental, carbon-neutral private house made almost entirely from cork.”
Goldsmith Street in Norwich (architects: Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley) is a large development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, designed to Passivhaus standards for Norwich City Council.
London Bridge Station, designed by Grimshaw, is a “radical reconfiguration and development of one of London’s busiest stations with a new voluminous, light-filled concourse.”
Nevill Holt Opera, Leicestershire (Witherford Watson Mann Architects) is a contemporary opera theatre within a 17th-century stable block.
The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience, Moray (architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) is described as a “dynamic, high-tech visitor centre with an undulating grass-covered roof.”
Lastly, The Weston, by Feilden Fowles Architects is a new gallery at Yorkshire sculpture park that’s “nestled in the landscape.”
RIBA President Ben Derbyshire commented: “The shortlist epitomises the enviable global reputation of UK architecture.”
“These six buildings could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale. But what they have in common – ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials and detailing – sets them apart, rightfully earning them a chance to win the highest accolade in architecture.
The ambition and commitment of the clients who commissioned the buildings is remarkable and sits at the heart of their success. Given the fact the UK faces the worst housing crisis for generations and a global climate emergency, we must encourage their architectural ambition, innovation, bravery and skill. From the way that Cork House experiments with entirely plant-based materials, to Goldsmith Street’s ultra-low energy affordable homes, each of these six buildings push the boundaries of architecture, exceeding what has been done before, and providing solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our times.”
The winner of the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Tuesday 8 October 2019 at the Roundhouse in London.