What makes a winner: Stirling six speak up

Only one building can win the Stirling Prize, but all six shortlisted schemes have a winning story

On 16 October we will hear who has won the 2014 Stirling Prize. Ahead of the announcement, RIBA Journal got the inside story of the six shortlisted projects from some of those who worked on them. Eleanor Young caught up with the key architects at the RIBA’s Stirling Stories event where, under the chairmanship of editor Hugh Pearman, they were telling the public the narratives behind the buildings. We learnt about jelly moulds, rights of light, wigwams, frozen water and permitting your users to be different. In just three questions we asked these architects to tell us something about what makes their building special.

Old and new, modest and extraordinary: Steve Tompkins of Haworth Tompkins on Liverpool Everyman Theatre

Boundaries and decoration: Sofia Pereira of Mecanoo on the Library of Birmingham 

Rectangles, rights of light and taking the programme apart: Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey of O’Donnell + Tuomey on the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at London School of Economics

Wigwams and building without users: Joost Mulhuijzen of Renzo Piano Building Workshop on London Bridge Tower (the Shard)

That roof and fighting the forces of darkness: Jim Heverin of Zaha Hadid Architects on the Aquatics Centre

Using simple things in a complex way: Keith Bradley of Feilden Clegg Bradley on Manchester School of Art

 


Interviews Eleanor Young

Filming Benn Peacock

Film editing Peter Songi