the 2018 shortlist for the RIBA stirling prize — the award annually presented to the best building in the UK — has been revealed. the nominations range from the bloomberg, a central london workspace designed by foster + partners, to the reconfiguration and extension of the tate st ives by jamie fobert architects with evans & shalev. judged with a wide range of criteria from design vision to accessibility and sustainability, the 2018 winner will be announced on october 10 2018.
storey’s field centre and eddington nursery (main image also)
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created for the growing community of north west cambridge, storey’s field is a contemporary nursery and community center with a focus on sustainability. the detailed elevations with vertical projections, stepped brickwork entrances, visible steel rainwater pipes and overflow spouts draw the eye to the courtyard inside. by MUMA LLP, ‘this is a truly well-crafted building, where material or technology is only used where it is needed.‘
new tate st ives
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clad in faience tiles that reflect the tonal variation of the atlanic ocean, the extension of the new tate st ives more than doubles the gallery space and creates a new public walkway directly from the town to the beach. designed by jamie fobert architects with evans & shalev, the building ‘has had a tremendously positive impact on the local community and its growing international audience.‘
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at the university of roehampton, chadwick hall ‘provides much-needed, quality housing for over two hundred students in london‘. designed by henley halebrown, three new buildings surround the grade II-listed georgian downshire house each with a cleverly designed articulated concrete façade. the student rooms are fit with wide-opening windows and balconies which look out onto newly-created social spaces.
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focusing on the use of masonry and tradition craft, the bushey cemetary by waugh thistleton architects is a community-led building with the spirit, beliefs and customs of the jewish users at its heart. the simple form and restricted materials – rammed earth walls, english oak and rusted steel – define ‘a natural tactility and gravitas.‘
the sultan nazrin shah centre
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‘elegantly disguised from afar and monumental up close, the sultan nazrin shah centre by niall mclaughlin architects provides spaces for both academic and community events at worcester college, oxford.‘ the building, which blends into the college landscape, is raised on a podium and made from combination of oxford stone and natural oak.
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with bloomberg london, foster + partners have ‘designed a building the looks like it belongs in the city.‘ the complex reinstates an old roman road (walting street) and creates a museum and gallery space underneath the office. it re-thinks the workplace, bringing well-being to the forefront, and aims to improve the general public as a whole.
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