Fretton's museum favorite for Stirling Prize

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The Independent Online

Tony Fretton's Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in Lolland, Denmark has been tipped as an early favorite to win the prestigious architecture award by online betting company William Hill.

The museum has been given odds of 6/4 to win, followed by the two shortlisted buildings by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the Maggie's Centre in London and the Spanish winery Bodegas Protos.

The six competing buildings -- only two of which are not located in the UK -- were chosen from a midlist of 22 RIBA Award 2009 winners.

Here is the complete list of this year's contestants:

-- Maggie's Centre, London, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

-- Bodegas Protos, Spain, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

-- Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Tony Fretton Architects

-- 5 Aldermanbury Square, London, Eric Parry Architects

-- Liverpoool One Masterplan, Liverpool, BDP

-- Kentish Town Health Centre, London, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Previous honorees of the Stirling Prize include Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, and David Chipperfield Architects. This year's winner will be announced on October 17 at London's Old Billingsgate Market.

Earlier this month, the creator of the Louvre pyramid, I M Pei, was named the winner of the RIBA gold medal.