Contemporary architecture

Countdown to the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

This evening the winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize 2014 will be announced…and the most sought after prize in architecture could be awarded to a building right here in good old Brum.


The bold, ‘bling-tastic’ and slightly Marmite offering that is the Library of Birmingham by Dutch Architects Mecanoo has been short-listed for the prize which selects five buildings which have made the biggest contribution to British architecture over the past year.

Other nominees include:

  • Haworth Tompkins for Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
  • Zaha Hadid Architects for London Aquatics Centre, London
  • Renzo Piano for The Shard, London
  • O’Donnell & Tuomey for Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at LSE, London
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for Manchester School of Art, Manchester

The nomination is great news for the city and much needed promotion of its new architecture and regeneration.  The library may be in with a chance as in a recent BBC poll it won a on-line vote as the readers favourite new building.

I also believe this is the first time since the Stirling Prize began in 1996 that a building from the city has been nominated- how cool is that! To my knowledge the only building from the West Midlands region which ever received a nomination was the Walsall Art Gallery back in 2000… please correct me if I’m wrong.

It might not be my favourite building on the list in an architectural sense (though as a Brummie I’d be extremely proud if it won), but I wish Mecanoo all the best of luck and I look forward to finding out the result later.

*UPDATE* The Stirling Prize was awarded to the Architects Haworth Tompkins for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.


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