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RIBA Stirling Prize 2016: The Result

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has this evening just revealed the winner of the Stirling  Prize for Architecture.

The prize is named after James Stirling, a highly acclaimed architect who won the Royal Gold Medal in 1980. Much of his architecture never came to fruition as he died of a routine operation in 1992 – and the prize recognises his efforts in the field, since he never had the opportunity to gain the recognition that RIBA believed he so deserved.

The prize, named ‘The Building of the Year Award’ until 1996, is now described as follows on the RIBA website:

“The RIBA Stirling Prize is presented to RIBA Chartered Architects and International Fellows for buildings in the UK which have made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year.”

Buildings need to win an RIBA National Award for architectural excellence in order to be judged for the Stirling Prize. From all of the winners of this award, revealed in June, six are usually shortlisted. However, this doesn’t mean that the best looking building will win the award. There are 12 categories that nominees are judged on, from how satisfied the client is through to the building’s sustainability.

The shortlist for 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize:

  • Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford by Herzog & de Meuron
  • City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus by Michael Laird Architects & Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Newport Street Gallery, Vauxhall, London by Caruso St John Architects
  • Outhouse, Forrest of Dean, Gloucestershire by Loyn & Co Architects
  • Trafalgar Place, Elephant and Castle, London by dRMM Architects
  • Weston Library, University of Oxford by WilkinsonEyre

The evening began at 6pm and concluded at 11:30pm, with the award itself revealed at 7pm.

The 2016 winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize is: Newport Street Gallery.

Newport Street Gallery is the conversion and transformation of a street facing a railway line in Vauxhall, south London, into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst's private art collection.
Newport Street Gallery is the conversion and transformation of a street facing a railway line in Vauxhall, south London, into a free public gallery for artist Damien Hirst’s private art collection.

The Award was given to Caruso St John Architects for their stunning conversion of this once rundown and disregarded street in Vauxhall, London. The whole street was redesigned, building around the three listed Victorian industrial buildings at the centre – also converted by the ambitious architects. The use of stunning brickwork on the new builds at either end of the street mirrors that of the original buildings and the space inside has been left flexible for various sizes of displays and exhibitions. Further to this, high ceilings and large stairwells create a sense of awe in the magnificent conversion, which is now even more of a landmark for Vauxhall.

You can find out more about the winner and the runners-up on the RIBA website.