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2018 Stirling Prize finalists include a cemetery, nursery and underground art gallery

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Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
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New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
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New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
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Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
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New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
The new gallery spaces at New Tate St Ives are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams
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The new gallery spaces at New Tate St Ives are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams
New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
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New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
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Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
The new gallery spaces at New Tate St Ives are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams
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The new gallery spaces at New Tate St Ives are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams
New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
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New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
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New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev, has been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize
The new gallery spaces at New Tate St Ives are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams
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The new gallery spaces at New Tate St Ives are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams
Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
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Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
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Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The materials used for Chadwick Hall consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete
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The materials used for Chadwick Hall consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton
Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
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Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The materials used for Chadwick Hall consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete
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The materials used for Chadwick Hall consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton
Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
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Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The materials used for Chadwick Hall consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete
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The materials used for Chadwick Hall consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton
Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
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Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
A stairwell inside Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, which has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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A stairwell inside Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown, which has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
A look inside the Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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A look inside the Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children’s nursery in one
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children’s nursery in one
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children’s nursery in one
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children’s nursery in one
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
A look inside the Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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A look inside the Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children’s nursery in one
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children’s nursery in one
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, covers in entire block in the English capital 
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Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, covers in entire block in the English capital 
Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
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Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
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Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, accommodates all of the company’s employees under the same roof for the first time
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Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, accommodates all of the company’s employees under the same roof for the first time
Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, accommodates all of the company’s employees under the same roof for the first time
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Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, accommodates all of the company’s employees under the same roof for the first time
Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, covers in entire block in the English capital 
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Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, covers in entire block in the English capital 
Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners. has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, accommodates all of the company’s employees under the same roof for the first time
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Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, accommodates all of the company’s employees under the same roof for the first time
Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, covers in entire block in the English capital 
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Bloomberg’s new office in London, by Foster + Partners, covers in entire block in the English capital 
The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
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The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
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Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
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The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
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Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
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The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
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Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
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Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
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The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
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Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
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The design of Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects, is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith
Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
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The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, has been shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
A look inside the auditorium at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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A look inside the auditorium at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
Inside the auditorium at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
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Inside the auditorium at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for this year's Stirling Prize, with six finalists now vying for the most prestigious award in British architecture. Those in the running to be crowned the best building in the UK include a Jewish cemetery, cost-effective student housing and a reconfigured art gallery built into a coastal hillside.

Each year the RIBA's Stirling Prize highlights outstanding examples of architecture across the UK. Last year's shortlist featured a new campus at Glasgow College, an industrial-flavored photographer's studio and an apartment building bathed in natural light, with the rebuilt Hastings Pier taking top honors. This year's shortlist offers a similarly diverse set of structures.

"Years of thoughtful design, collaborative working and a desire to nurture the human spirit has resulted in six buildings of real integrity and purpose," said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. "I am sure they will continue to inspire those who experience them, for decades to come."

Here are the six finalists in no particular order, with the winner to be announced on October 10. To see the shortlisted buildings from all angles, have a flick through our 2018 Stirling Prize photo gallery.

Bloomberg, London, by Foster + Partners

Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center
Inside Bloomberg's new London offices, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a striking walkway that winds upwards from the building’s center

Bloomberg's new office in London covers an entire block in the English capital and accommodates all of the company's employees under the same roof for the first time. Externally, the architects have tried to create "a dialogue" with some of the older adjacent buildings. Inside, workspaces are set in clusters that can be accessed via a wonderful walkway that winds upwards from the building's center.

Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect

Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect
Rammed earth walls surround the prayer hall at the Bushey Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architect

The design of this cemetery and prayer center is driven heavily by ideals of the Jewish faith. The cluster of ceremonial halls feature rammed earth walls that will be dismantled and the materials returned to the ground when the facility is inevitably extended. The plainness of the building is in keeping with Jewish burial traditions involving simple clothes and coffins.

Chadwick Hall, by Henley Halebrown

Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings
Chadwick Hall is a new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprising 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings

This new student accommodation at the University of Roehampton comprises 210 en-suite bedrooms spread across three buildings. Described by the jury as "timeless architecture," the materials used consist mainly of dark reddish brown bricks and precast concrete, with tall windows allowing plenty of natural light into the student's bedrooms. The site also features a restored historic sunken garden, with the buildings arranged around its edges to form an outdoor "theatre for the students' social life."

New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev

Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds
Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the south west coast of the England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surrounds

Tate St Ives is an art gallery on the hilly south west coast of England, and this recent extension and reconfiguration aims to take full advantage of its picturesque surroundings. A new pedestrian walkway connects the hilltop to the beach below, inviting passersby to check in and enjoy the exhibits. The new underground gallery spaces are lit from the top down, where sunlight pours through the glass and granite roof built into the hillside and supported by exposed concrete beams.

Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP

A look inside the Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP
A look inside the Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, by MUMA LLP

This remarkable new building commissioned by the University of Cambridge is a town hall, wedding venue, concert hall, funeral home and children's nursery in one. The Community Hall features tall windows that allow an abundance of natural light inside, while the patterned brick facade is lined with outdoor seating to facilitate friendly conversation. The small windows in the adjacent nursery arranged as constellations of stars are a nice touch, too.

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects

A look inside the auditorium at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects
A look inside the auditorium at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, by Niall McLaughlin Architects

This new teaching facility sits on the edge of a pristine cricket ground at Worcester College and comprises a dance studio, seminar rooms, auditorium and spacious central foyer. With high ceilings and abundant sunlight, the structure leans heavily on the use of natural materials, with huge elements like oak doors for the auditorium and huge smooth stone panes giving it a clean yet striking aesthetic.

4 comments
McDesign
Bushey Cemetery looks like an abandoned high school from afar.
owlbeyou
I can hardly believe that RIBA is considering a cemetery for an architecture prize. Apparently it's supposed to be understated, but it's design will not even be seen by the general public.
Fairly Reasoner
Largely, ugh.
Nik
I would guess that Prince Charles would describe them all as 'Carbuncles' and he may have a point. From the outside, most of them could be modelled by shoe-boxes with windows.