RIBA has announced the shortlist for its annual Stirling Prize, celebrating Britain’s ‘best new building’, with six projects vying for the title – ranging from a colossal office building to a Jewish cemetery.
Foster + Partners’ Bloomberg HQ is nominated for the way it ‘pushes architecture’s boundaries and seeks to enhance the neighbouring public realm,’ says RIBA. Meanwhile, Henley Halebrown’s Chadwick Hall student housing for Roehampton University is shortlisted for its harmonious relationship with its surrounding, Grade II-listed neighbours.
Also nominated for the UK’s most prestigious architecture award is the boxy, Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery by MUMA LLP, which takes cues from Cambridge University’s college cloisters.
‘This shortlist illustrates why UK architects and architecture are held in such high regard around the world,’ said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. ‘In these challenging and turbulent political times, we must celebrate how the UK’s architectural talent can help to improve local communities and their quality of life.’
Another contender is Jamie Fobert Architects’ site-sensitive expansion of Tate St Ives, which has doubled the gallery’s existing exhibition space and created a new public realm on its rooftop.
Rounding off the pack is Niall McLaughlin Architects’ low-lying Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College in Oxford – blending classical Oxford stone with contemporary geometry – and Bushey Cemetery in Hertfordshire by Waugh Thistleton Architects. The latter is the only religious structure to make the cut.
The winner of the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on 10 October.