Six finalists for one of Great Britain’s top architecture awards, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, were unveiled today. This prize is given to designers of the building that judges deem the greatest contribution to British architecture for the year. Of the finalists for 2007, four buildings are located outside the U.K. and David Chipperfield Architects appears on the list twice. The projects are:
• America’s Cup Building, in Valencia, Spain, designed by David Chipperfield Architects
• Casa da Musica, in Porto, Portugal, designed by Office for Metropolitan Architecture
• Dresden Station Redevelopment, in Dresden, Germany, designed by Foster + Partners
• Museum of Modern Literature, in Marbach am Neckar, Germany, designed by David Chipperfield Architects
• The Savill Building, in Windsor, England, designed by Glenn Howells Architects
• Young Vic Theatre, London, designed by Haworth Tompkins
Photos of the buildings, as well as short descriptions of each, are available on RIBA’s Web site. The top building will be announced in October. Named in honor of the late British architect James Stirling, RIBA’s Stirling Prize has been awarded annually since 1994. Although only RIBA members are eligible, buildings may be located anywhere within the European Union. The prize carries with it a $40,000 purse.