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Zaha Hadid Architects designed the 2011 Stirling prize-winning project, the Evelyn Grace Academy, a four-story secondary-school in the Brixton district of London, England.
Photo: © Luke Hayes
HADID - STIRLING PRIZE FOR EVELYN GRACE ACADEMY
by David Owen
For the second year in a row, the top British
architecture prize has been awarded to a building
designed by Zaha Hadid.
The Evelyn Grace Academy in the south London district of
Brixton has received the Stirling Prize for 2011 from
the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Like her 2010 Stirling Prize winner — MAXXI, the
Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, in Rome,
Italy — Evelyn Grace Academy is a bold, sinuous
building — an expression of Hadid's flamboyant
style. Both structures occupy infill lots, adjacent to
historic buildings, in gritty residential neighborhoods.
Unlike MAXXI, which embraces the fabric of its
neighborhood quite literally by engulfing an existing
building on its site, Evelyn Grace Academy stands apart
from its surroundings. The school itself is set well
back from the surrounding streets, its four-story
glass-and-aluminum-clad form rising above the mainly
two-story brick buildings nearby. A tall fence —
solid concrete in some areas, steel mesh in others
— encloses the school site, isolating even its
open spaces from the street.
Although glass dominates the academy's facades, the
viewer's eye is naturally drawn toward the sharply
angling metal borders that divide the facade, producing
a sense of urgency and motion that seems to hint at the
school's sports focus.
Zigzags and a Thick Red Line
Evelyn Grace Academy is run by ARK (Absolute Return for
Kids) Schools, a UK charity set up by Arpad "Arki"
Busson, a hedge-fund multimillionaire. ARK aims to offer
educational opportunities to local children in inner
cities with the aim of helping to close the achievement
gap between children from disadvantaged and more
affluent backgrounds. One of the organization's core
techniques is to structure its academies as "schools
The Velodrome in London, England, was designed by Hopkins Architects for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Photo: © Anthony Palmer/ ODA
2011 Stirling Prize Shortlist
by Michael J. Crosbie
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.
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.
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Stanley Tigerman: Architect as Chameleon
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