2019 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced

by Cecilia Di Marzo
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The shortlist for the coveted 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building has been revealed today (Thursday 18 July 2019).

The buildings competing to be crowned the best in the UK range vastly in their type, scale, budget and location. A Scottish whisky distillery, major London transport interchange, rural opera house, large development of energy-efficient council housing, experimental house made of cork and contemporary art gallery are all in the running.

The six shortlisted buildings are:

Cork House, Berkshire
Architect: Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton
An ingenious, experimental, carbon-neutral private house made almost entirely from cork

Goldsmith Street, Norwich
Architect: Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
A large development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, designed to Passivhaus standards for Norwich City Council

London Bridge Station  
Architect: Grimshaw Architects 
A radical reconfiguration and development of one of London’s busiest stations with a new voluminous, light-filled concourse

Nevill Holt Opera, Leicestershire
Architect: Witherford Watson Mann Architects 
A contemporary opera theatre within a 17th-century stable block

The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience, Moray
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners 
A dynamic, high-tech visitor centre with an undulating grass-covered roof

The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Architect: Feilden Fowles Architects
An exquisite new gallery nestled in the Yorkshire landscape

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:

“The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist epitomises the enviable global reputation of UK architecture. These six buildings could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale – from a rustic stable block-turned-theatre to a vast national railway station. 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.

2019 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist announced

    London Bridge Station 1

    London Bridge Station

    City of London / United Kingdom / 2018

    Nevill Holt Opera 1

    Nevill Holt Opera

    Leicestershire / United Kingdom / 2018

    The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience 43

    The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience

    United Kingdom / 2018

    The Weston 12

    The Weston

    Wakefield / United Kingdom / 2018