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The Shard by Renzo Piano and other buildings shortlisted for RIBA Awards

The Shard by Renzo Piano and other buildings shortlisted for RIBA Awards

Prestigious architectural awards names six best projects

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The RIBA Stirling Prize was born in 1996 out of its predecessor The Building of the Year Award. Every year the prestigious prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year

The shortlist for the prestigious 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building has been announced today (Thursday 17 July). The six exceptional shortlisted buildings will now go head-to-head for architecture's highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on 16 October 2014. The six buildings will be judged by the same criteria: their design excellence and their significance in the evolution of architecture and the built environment.

The shortlist for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize is:

The Shard by Renzo Piano and other buildings shortlisted for RIBA Awards (фото 1)

London Bridge Tower / The Shard by Renzo Piano Building Workshop 

"There cannot be a more compressed model for city intensification than this tower: 1.2 million square feet of accommodation built on a small piece of land directly next to one of London's major transport hubs."

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London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects

"This remarkable project is an object lesson in mobilising the limitations of a site into a surprising and original building. The architects started by taking the geometry of tight angles as the definition of a solid into which they gouged cuts and cracks that give light and form."

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London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

"This is a world-class building and its distinctive curvaceous form was a fitting backdrop for the 2012 Olympic Games."

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Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo Architecten

"Playing an important role in Birmingham's Centenary Square, the new Library of Birmingham is an impressive and bold addition to the city."

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Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

"The original theatre, on one of the city's most important streets, was one of the most cherished of Liverpool's cultural assets. In selecting Haworth Tompkins the client found a partner that has understood the essence of the organisation and its ambitions."