A high profile exhibition showcasing short listed work from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize has opened at The Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment.
The RIBA Stirling Prize is the most rigorously judged prize in architecture and is annually awarded to the architects of the building that has made the most significant contribution to the evolution of architecture and the built environment in the past year.
The Barajas Airport in Madrid, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership, won the 11th RIBA Stirling Prize and £20,000 prize money, and will be on show at RGU.
Barajas Airport beat off competition from five other outstanding contenders, selected from this year’s RIBA award winning buildings, which will all be included in the exhibition. They were: Brick House, London by Caruso St John Architects; Evelina Children’s Hospital, London by Hopkins Architects; Idea Store, Whitechapel, London by Adjaye/Associates; National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff by Richard Rogers Partnership; and Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects and Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, Germany.
Commenting on the 760 million square metre £1,238 million Barajas Airport, the judges said: “Whatever the means of approach, by air or by land, the sheer scale and complexity of what has been tackled and achieved here cannot be overestimated. In response to the key challenge: that of efficiently processing constantly changing passenger flows and associated luggage handling, the resulting building presents a straightforward linear diagram in the form of a clear sequence of spectacular spaces for both departing and arriving passengers.”
The exhibition runs until 18 November and is open daily from 10am – 5pm at the University’s Garth Dee campus.