Examples of the country’s best newest buildings
A building in East Anglia is among those to be shortlisted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize.
Now in its 25th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize, awarded to the UK’s best new building, is the highest accolade in architecture.
Cambridge Central Mosque (Marks Barfield Architects) is among the six to be selected.
This is a modern urban mosque, inspired by traditional Islamic mosque and British church designs.
Others on the shortlist include
*15 Clerkenwell Close, London (GROUPWORK): a limestone apartment and office building, sitting within the all but vanished boundaries of an C11th Norman abbey
*Key Worker Housing - Eddington, Cambridge (Stanton Williams): a fresh take on communal city-living with loose, interconnected courtyards
*Kingston University London – Town House (Grafton Architects): a new student hub comprising dynamic study, performance and social spaces in Kingston’s town centre
*Tintagel Castle Footbridge for English Heritage, Cornwall (Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates): a spectacular bridge along the rugged Cornish coast, linking to a medieval castle
*Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria (Carmody Groarke): a confident cluster of shed-like buildings framing views of Lake Windermere – dedicated to telling the stories of boats and steam
RIBA president, Simon Allford, explains: “The 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist demonstrates the innovation and ambition that lies at the heart of exceptional architecture.
“From a busy city mosque in Cambridge to a remote coastal bridge in Cornwall, the six projects vary tremendously in their location and use – but they are united in their ingenuity and creativity, their consideration of their local environment and historical context, and their use of high-quality materials.
“In their architects’ attention to detail, and their clients’ tenacity and commitment, these six projects set themselves apart.”
The 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on Thursday 14 October 2021.