On 21 July, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), through its president Simon Allford, announced the six finalist projects of the famous and coveted award presented annually for the best building in the UK. Competing for the title of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize, to be announced in London on 13 October, will be six projects that according to Simon Allford “offer innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future”. Indeed, the RIBA president noted that in the midst of the current energy, climate and housing crises, these projects represent a burst of optimism. They are positive examples of how to work in complex urban contexts by creating low-carbon architecture to provide high quality housing or state-of-the-art training spaces.
The six finalists for the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize are:
100 Liverpool Street (London) by Hopkins Architects, a zero-impact project for the renovation and extension of a 1980s office building that has given rise to new offices and spaces, both commercial and public, in the heart of London's financial district.
Forth Valley College (Scotland), by Reiach and Hall Architects, is the project for the new facilities connected by courtyards and teaching spaces that expand the Falkirk Campus.
Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road (London) by Henley Halebrown, a red brick complex combining affordable housing with a new primary school.
Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, (London) by Panter Hudspith Architects, a new urban block set in a garden. It is a complex of 228 new housing units with commercial space that is part of the Elephant and Castle regeneration programme.
Sands End Arts and Community Centre (London) by Mæ Architects, a welcoming building that has reclaimed an early 20th century construction, providing the community with a cafeteria and new flexible spaces for social and educational activities.
The New Library, Magdalene College, (Cambridge) by Niall McLaughlin Architects, a wooden building that in addition to the library provides new study spaces to meet the needs of students, and will have a planned lifespan of 400 years.
Images courtesy of RIBA and architects
Captions and credits
(01,03) Hopkins Architects 100 Liverpool Street, London, photo: © Charles Hosea (01) © Janie Airie (02)
(02) courtesy of RIBA
Clockwise from top left: Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park © Enrique Verdugo; Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus © Reiach and Hall Architects; The New Library, Magdalene College © Nick Kane; Sands End Arts and Community Centre © Rory Gardiner; Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road © Nick Kane; 100 Liverpool Street © Janie Airie.
(04,05) Reiach and Hall Architects, Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, Scotland © Reiach and Hall Architects
(06,07) Henley Halebrown, Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London - photo: © Nick Kane
(08, 09) Panter Hudspith Architects, Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, London photo: © Enrique Verdugo
(10-11) Mæ Architects Sands End Arts and Community Centre, London photo: © Rory Gardiner
(12-13) Niall McLaughlin Architects The New Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge photo: © Nick Kane