Riba Stirling Prize 2014: The Shard and Birmingham Library shortlisted
Judges praised Birmingham’s nominee for its 'three stacked boxes adorned with a glittering filigree screen'
Thursday 17 July 2014
With its “Harry Potter rotunda” and “Willy Wonka-style glass lift”, the Library of Birmingham has been named on the shortlist for the Riba Stirling Prize alongside strong contenders from many of England’s biggest cities.
Alongside three representatives from the capital – The Shard, the London Aquatics Centre and the London School of Economics – Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre and the Manchester School of Art have also been recognised in architecture’s top prize.
The judges praised Birmingham’s nominee for its “three stacked boxes adorned with a glittering filigree screen”, saying it has “shaken the traditional perception of a library”, while Riba’s president, Stephen Hodder, said all the buildings were “poetic”.
The winner of the 2014 Stirling Prize will be announced on the evening of Thursday 16 October, at ceremony at the organisation's headquarters in London.
Video: The building of the Shard
Previous winners of the prestigious accolade include: Witherford Watson Mann for the Astley Castle in North Warwickshire in 2013, and Zaha Hadid Architects for the MAXXI Museum in Rome - winning in 2010.
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