The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has shortlisted six projects for its annual £20,000 Stirling Prize, reflecting new austerity in architecture as designers turn to retrofitting to save money and energy.
With the £72m Angel building in Islington, London, and the 1932 Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which has been refurbished at a cost of £60m, two retrofitted projects made the shortlist.
The £38m Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, South London, by Zaha Hadid Architects, the velodrome for the 2012 London Olympics designed by Hopkins Architects and David Chipperfield’s Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, are new buildings that made the shortlist.
The award has never been won by a refurbished building but with two projects shortlisted, RIBA has embraced austerity in architecture.
The favourite to win the awards is the £105m Olympic velodrome, completed in February 2011, it was the first venue to be ready for the upcoming Games in 2012.
The last building is outsider is £4m O’Donnell + Tuomey’s AnGaelaras centre in Londonderry, the first project in Northern Ireland to be shortlisted for the prestigious award.
The Stirling Prize will be presented on 1 October 2011 at a ceremony in the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham, UK.