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
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
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.