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Foster + Partners scoop the Stirling Prize with Bloomberg HQ

Norman Foster’s Bloomberg headquarters has won the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize, pipping Tate St Ives’ cliff-side extension and the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre to the post.

The £1bn European headquarters has been described as a ‘gargantuan temple to gadgetry’, complete with a gill-like facade, vacuum-flush toilets and energy efficient features that mean it uses 70% water and 40% less energy than surrounding office blocks.

Foster + Partners have scooped the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ
Photography: Nigel Young / Foster + Partner

The RIBA’s president Ben Derbyshire said the practice ‘have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning, but smashed the ceiling.’

Visitors to the complex enter a futuristic foyer decked with cantilevered glass lifts, while staff work from flexible workstations connected by a vast bronze ramp that snakes its way up through the building. Elsewhere, a ceiling of made of 2.5-metre aluminium panels, studded with twinkling LEDs, adds to the space-age look.

Foster + Partners have scooped the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ
Photography: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners have scooped the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ
Photography: James Newton
Foster + Partners have scooped the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ
Photography: James Newton
Foster + Partners have scooped the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Bloomberg HQ
Photography: James Newton

See who Foster + Partners beat to the prize.

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