The shortlist for the Stirling Prize has been announced, with the winner to be revealed on the 15th of October.
The prize is awarded for the best building design, with buildings to be judged against a set of criteria which include innovation and original design; accessibility and sustainability; suitability of the building for its purpose; design vision, engagement, stimulation and enthusiasm of occupants and visitors for the building, and how satisfied the client is with the finished building. The shortlisted buildings this year reflect the changing nature of Britain's housing requirements, ranging from social housing projects to multi-million pound buildings.
Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin
Incorporating the design used in the Peabody Estate in Whitechapel, McLaughlin's 13 flat building covers the space left by a bomb site, and creates an affordable, healthy and generously-proportioned structure that holds true to the intentions of the original Peabody estate designer, Henry Darbishire.
NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour
This is at the opposite end of the spectrum, a large, almost Meccano-like structure which has much of its steel work and internal structures left exposed, these 200 flats are on the market for millions of pounds, and have been engineered to a high standard. Tenants are even prepared to pay extra for the experience of having one of the exposed steel lengths outside their window.
Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
An innovative way of tackling the demands of building a school in the cramped London borough of Wandsworth, this design takes some of the best elements of the 60s, including block-structures featuring plenty of glass, in a park-designed setting. The classrooms are large, reflecting the style of university buildings, rather than school structures from the early years of the 21st century.