Since 1996, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) — the U.K. equivalent to the AIA — has awarded the Stirling Prize to “the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year.” For the 2014 edition, RIBA recently announced the list of finalists:
- Library of Birmingham (shown above) / Mecanoo Architecten
- London Aquatics Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects
- Everyman Theatre / Haworth Tompkins
- London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre / O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects
- London Bridge Tower (aka The Shard) / Renzo Piano Building Workshop
- Manchester School of Art / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Click over to the RIBA site to read about the finalist buildings and to see more images. What we find amazing is how very different all of the buildings are in terms of design, materials, form, programming, and more.
Is it possible to name one piece of architecture “the best”? Here in the U.S., the AIA gives its annual Institute Honor Award to several recent buildings. The one building award for which the AIA names a single winner is the Twenty Five Year Award, which recognizes designs that have “stood the test of time.”
Image: Christian Richters.