Ahead of the announcement of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner, due to take place on 8 October, we take a closer look at the six buildings up for the award.
The Cork House by Matthew Barnett Howland, Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton is a carbon-neutral private home built almost entirely from cork.
Using a prefabricated kit of parts including expanded cork blocks and engineered timber components, the structure can be assembled with no glue or mortar and can be disassembled by hand if needed before being recycled.
Other shortlisted projects include Goldsmith Street by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, a large development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes for social rent, London Bridge Station by Grimshaw Architects, which reconfigured and further developed of one of London’s busiest stations, and Nevill Holt Opera by Witherford Watson Mann, a contemporary opera theatre within a 17th century stable block.
The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, described as a dynamic high-tech visitor centre with a grass covered roof, is also nominated, as is The Weston – a new gallery located in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park designed by Feilden Fowles.
Each of the buildings competing to be crowned the best in the UK range vastly in their type, scale, budget and location. The winner will be announced at the Roundhouse in London on Tuesday 8 October.