Shortlist unveiled for 2005 RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture

The shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects 20,000 Stirling Prize for architecture has been announced. The following list of six projects includes jury comments, plus their odds with William Hill for winning the prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in October.

BMW Central Building
Leipzig, Germany
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Odds: 5-1
Comments: “Powerful yet svelte. It is almost coquettish in its allure. The embodiment of Zaha’s sinuous, sensuous architecture. It is hard to do justice in words to architecture at this level.”

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh, Scotland
Architects: Enric Miralles and RMJM
Odds: 5-1
Comments: “A remarkable architectural statement which has an enormous impact not only on the visitors to the building but also on the users who repeatedly move through a series of extraordinary spaces and their changing effects. The proof the extraordinary architectural ambition and vision is to be seen in every aspect and detail of the finished building.”

Jubilee Library
Brighton, Sussex
Architects: Bennetts Associates with Lomax Cassidy & Edwards
Odds: 5-2
Comments: “A PFI project in which the developer cross-subsidized the building with the revenue from other developments. It is a joy to be in.”

McLaren Technology Centre
Woking, Surrey
Architects: Foster and Partners
Odd: 5-2
Comments: “A building that symbolizes McLaren, built with great precision, a meeting of like minds, the client/architect having the same aspirations. The build quality is remarkable with exemplary detailing.

Fawood Children’s Centre
Harlesden, London
Architect: Alsop Design
Odds: 7-1
Comments: Although the jury expressed some bemusement at the project, overall they carried away an impression of amusement and delight.

Lewis Gluckman Gallery, University College
Cork, Ireland
Architects: O’Donnell & Tuomey
Odds: 7-2
Comments: The more one looks, the better it gets. That is the sign of complete assurance and maturity.”