20th July 2017
Six buildings have been shortlisted for the coveted 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building. Now in its 22nd year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize.
The British Museum's new World Conservation & Exhibitions Centre, with its Portland Bowers Roach façade, is one of the six buildings short-listed.
Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, it provides additional exhibition, conservation and storage space for the most visited museum in the UK. This extension has, for the first time, allowed the British Museum to showcase artefacts previously too large to exhibit; such as the surviving timbers of a 37-meter-long Viking warship.
Generally, the Stirling Prize jury admired the skill and control the architects had demonstrated in realising the client’s enormously complicated and demanding brief, while maintaining a rigorous and disciplined plan and an elegant external cladding system of glass and the Portland limestone.
The RIBA Stirling Prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.
The winner will be announced at the Roundhouse in London on 31st October 2017.