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For those of you that may be unaware, the RIBA Stirling Awards is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize for new buildings and are currently underway. Now the ultimate architectural event of the year, it was set up nearly 10 years ago and the prize is named after the great British Architect, Sir James Stirling.
Announced every October, we are only moments away from hearing which development is crowned with this ultimate prize. To give you an idea of eligibility, it is stated that each building is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.
What’s more, NEO Bankside is one of just six exceptional buildings that is shortlisted for the prize. Here at CP Creative, we have been photographing NEO Bankside since it was built back in 2012 and want to give you an exclusive insight into this exquisite building.
Having already won the RIBA National Award 2015 and RIBA London Award 2015, it is a well-mannered example of structurally expressive architecture costing a grand total of £132,000,000. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with John Robertson Architects built these new luxury housing towers featuring exo-skeleton and external lifts on London’s South Bank, and is somewhat undeniably a captivating and impressive urban design.
“The form and positioning of the blocks means there are very few pinch points and no overlooking, allowing 360 degree views out. Coupled with the exoskeletal structure this has freed up floor plates making the scheme more market responsive.
The articulation of the buildings, expressed structure, quality of the glazing systems and the external lifts make the scale feel almost cute. This is also due to the single-glazed large triangular winter gardens that dematerialise the ends of the blocks and the triple-height structural module which reduces their perceived height. The buildings retain a human scale at ground level due to their rich detailing and landscaped entrance gardens”. – Architecture.com
Although the final decision is selected through a thorough process of multiple sets of judges, the BBC (in partnership with RIBA), is running a ‘people’s choice‘ vote inviting you to vote for your favourite. The winner will be announced after Midday on Thursday 15 October, so be sure to head over to the website and choose your winner now. In addition, NEO Bankside is also up for the RIBA National Award Winners 2015 which is given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture. Exciting hey?
CP Creative would like to wish Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners alongside John Robertson Architects and all other nominees, the best of luck! Which RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 building is your favourite?
Winner announced 15th October 2015.
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