2011 Stirling Prize Shortlist
The Stirling Prize for 2011 goes to Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects, chosen from a shortlist of six outstanding projects. In this article, ArchitectureWeek documents the five outstanding projects that were shortlisted but didn't get the Stirling Prize, with commentary from the RIBA jury.
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Location London, England, UK
Architect Hopkins Architects
Client Olympic Delivery Authority
Services Engineer BDSP
Contract Value Confidential
Date of Completion January 2011
Gross Internal Area 21,700 square meters (234,000 square feet)
The Velodrome is one of four permanent venues at London's Olympic Park. Designed to host indoor cycling events for the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the venue will also provide continuing public functions after the games, with minimal transformation.
Deriving its form from the track itself, the sweeping building comprises three main elements: the roof, the concourse, and the plinth. The glazed concourse separates the curve of the wood-clad roof soffit from the concrete and landscaping of the plinth.
Internally the material palette is carefully controlled; fine cast-in-place concrete abounds. The material and visual emphasis is on the beauty and color of the timber track.
The arena is surprisingly intimate for a 6,000-seat venue, with the cable-net roof sitting low over the bowl. No seat is very far from the track.
The building is a consummate exercise in a simple idea beautifully and efficiently carried out.
Project An Gaeláras Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
Location Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
Architect O'Donnell + Tuomey
Client An Gaeláras
Contractor JPM Contracts
Contract Value £2.8 million
Date of Completion September 2009
Gross Internal Area 1,980 square meters (21,300 square feet)
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is a cultural center designed to promote the use and enjoyment of the Irish language (Gaelic).
Faced with a formidable infill site — only one of the four sides could have windows — in a street of Georgian and Victorian row houses, and further compromised by a substation that occupies a third of the frontage, the architects came up with vortex-like plan that draws the visitor into and up the resulting dynamic multilevel building. They have also managed to house the center's varied functions in spaces with adequate light and views.
Lots of architects talk about creating "streets," but this building really has one. Toplit by a large, steeply sloping skylight, the cranked space transports the visitor as if to a twisting medieval lane, lined with shops, cafes, and bars, leading to a theater.
Above, teaching and office spaces are linked by a series of stairs, bridges, and platforms that circle and cross the internal courtyard. The stairs appear and disappear as the route unfolds, enticing visitors to explore. The plan appears haphazard, but in fact it fixes places and connections.
In scale, the building respects its neighbors, while its beautiful board-formed concrete contributes to its sculptural qualities.
Project Renovation of the Angel Building
Location London, England, UK
Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)
Client Derwent London
Contractor BAM Construction
Structural Engineer Adams Kara Taylor
Services Engineer Norman Disney & Young
Contract Value £72 million
Date of Completion October 2010
Gross Internal Area 33,220 square meters (357,600 square feet)
AHMM designed the transformation of the Angel Building, imbuing an unremarkable 1980s commercial building with elegance and poise. ArchitectureWeek previously covered the project's completion in People and Places 2011.0302.
This speculative office building is located at a historic focal point in the London borough of Islington. The renovation project retained the original concrete structure while infilling an old courtyard and adding new office girth around its perimeter. This intervention and others increased leasable space from about 15,000 square meters to 25,000 (from 160,000 to 270,000 square feet).
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