The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has released its shortlist of six new projects in the U.K. contending for the 2016 Stirling Prize. Half of the finalists are educational facilities (an unprecedented two of which share a client: the University of Oxford), and for the first time since 2001, one is a private residence.
The shortlisted buildings include:
- Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford by Herzog & de Meuron
- City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus by Michael Laird Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects
- Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London by Caruso St John Architects
- Outhouse Gloucestershire by Loyn & Co Architects
- Trafalgar Place, Elephant and Castle, London by dRMM Architects
- Weston Library, University of Oxford by WilkinsonEyre
“The shortlisted projects are each fantastic new additions to their individual locations,” said RIBA president Jane Duncan, “but their stand-out common quality is the inspiration they will bring to those who study, live, visit and pass by them, for generations to come. To me, this shortlist reflects everything that is great about UK architecture—a blend of experimental, artistic vision and a commitment to changing people’s lives for the better.”
This year’s judges include Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects, Paul Monaghan of AHMM, 2015 Stirling Prize winners and designers of the Burntwood School Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Roisin Heneghan of Heneghan Peng, Mike Hussey of the property investment and development group Almacantar, and artist Rachel Whiteread. RIBA will announce the winner of the prize on October 6, 2016.