This year’s Stirling Prize was announced at a celebratory dinner at Manchester Central on Saturday 13 October 2012, hosted by BBC Radio 4 presenter Mark Lawson. The RIBA award is named after one of the professions greats, James Stirling, and it has become a catalyst for the regeneration of British architecture.
The Sainsbury Laboratory in the Botanic Gardens of Cambridge University won the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.
From a sustainable design perspective it is interesting to note that this building has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating. BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, which sets a standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It is a widely recognised measure of a building’s environmental performance.
The shortlist for the prestigious 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates the best of new British architecture. The list features six exceptional and completely different buildings from across the UK. The shortlisted buildings will be judged on a range of criteria including; design vision, innovation and originality, accessibility and sustainability, how fit the building is for purpose and the level of client satisfaction.
The list includes; the seemingly simple yet highly innovative London Olympic Stadium, the thoughtful and intimate Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Glasgow, the stunningly original Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire, the beautifully detailed and rule-breaking Sainsbury Laboratory for plant science in Cambridge, the New Court Rothschild Bank in London that rises high whilst opening new views at street level, and the crafted and careful reincarnation of the Lyric Theatre on a small suburban site in Belfast. All are in the running for the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.
LONDON OLYMPIC STADIUM