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Six stunning projects vying for UK's most prestigious architecture prize

Six stunning projects vying fo...
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience building is one of the six projects shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize 
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience building is one of the six projects shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize 
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Cork House is located in Berkshire
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Cork House is located in Berkshire
Cork House was designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne & Oliver Wilton
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Cork House was designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne & Oliver Wilton
Cork House is an attractive home that's located in the grounds of a listed mill 
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Cork House is an attractive home that's located in the grounds of a listed mill 
As its name suggests, Cork House is part-built using cork
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As its name suggests, Cork House is part-built using cork
All of the materials used to create Cork House can be recycled or reused 
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All of the materials used to create Cork House can be recycled or reused 
Goldsmith Street was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
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Goldsmith Street was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
Goldsmith Street is a social housing development 
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Goldsmith Street is a social housing development 
Goldsmith Street is located in Norwich
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Goldsmith Street is located in Norwich
Goldsmith Street is very efficient and is rated to Passivhaus standards
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Goldsmith Street is very efficient and is rated to Passivhaus standards
Goldsmith Street was completed in December 2018
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Goldsmith Street was completed in December 2018
Goldsmith Street was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
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Goldsmith Street was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
Goldsmith Street is very efficient and is rated to Passivhaus standards
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Goldsmith Street is very efficient and is rated to Passivhaus standards
Goldsmith Street is a development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes
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Goldsmith Street is a development of 105 highly energy-efficient homes
London Bridge Station was designed by Grimshaw
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London Bridge Station was designed by Grimshaw
London Bridge Station improves connectivity across a significant area of England, from Norfolk to the south coast
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London Bridge Station improves connectivity across a significant area of England, from Norfolk to the south coast
London Bridge Station can comfortably accommodate current and projected future passenger numbers
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London Bridge Station can comfortably accommodate current and projected future passenger numbers
London Bridge Station was completed in May 2018
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London Bridge Station was completed in May 2018
London Bridge Station is a massive construction in central London 
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London Bridge Station is a massive construction in central London 
Nevill Holt Opera was designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
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Nevill Holt Opera was designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Nevill Holt Opera was completed in June 2018
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Nevill Holt Opera was completed in June 2018
Nevill Holt Opera is located in the East Midlands
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Nevill Holt Opera is located in the East Midlands
Nevill Holt Opera is installed in a 17th century stable yard of the existing Nevill Holt Hall, a listed building that itself dates back to before 1300
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Nevill Holt Opera is installed in a 17th century stable yard of the existing Nevill Holt Hall, a listed building that itself dates back to before 1300
Nevill Holt Opera is a masterful work of old mixed with new
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Nevill Holt Opera is a masterful work of old mixed with new
Nevill Holt Opera was designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
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Nevill Holt Opera was designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Nevill Holt Opera was completed in June 2018
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Nevill Holt Opera was completed in June 2018
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located in the same Scottish estate that has been producing whisky since 1824
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience is located in the same Scottish estate that has been producing whisky since 1824
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's roof consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience contains new stills that are the exact same shape, size as those used in the original distillery
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience contains new stills that are the exact same shape, size as those used in the original distillery
View of steam pipework and process machinery beneath in the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience
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View of steam pipework and process machinery beneath in the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's new facilities boost whisky production by up to a third
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience's new facilities boost whisky production by up to a third
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience took up to 400 people a total of three years and six month to complete
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience took up to 400 people a total of three years and six month to complete
Visitors to the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, before progressing through a sequence of production areas that follow the distilling of the whisky
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Visitors to the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, before progressing through a sequence of production areas that follow the distilling of the whisky
The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience building is one of the six projects shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize 
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The Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience building is one of the six projects shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize 
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located in Yorkshire
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located in Yorkshire
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was designed by Feilden Fowles Architects
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was designed by Feilden Fowles Architects
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was completed in January 2019
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was completed in January 2019
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park sits in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century country park estate
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park sits in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century country park estate
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park includes a series of indoor exhibition spaces that complement the sculptures arranged across the landscape
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park includes a series of indoor exhibition spaces that complement the sculptures arranged across the landscape
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park includes some sustainable features, most notably green roofs and efficient humidity controls
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park includes some sustainable features, most notably green roofs and efficient humidity controls
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located in Yorkshire
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located in Yorkshire
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was designed by Feilden Fowles Architects
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was designed by Feilden Fowles Architects
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was completed in January 2019
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The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park was completed in January 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced its selection of projects for the 2019 Stirling Prize shortlist. Highlights include an impressively sustainable house made from cork, a gorgeous green-roofed whisky distillery, and an opera that has been sympathetically installed within a 17th century stable.

The six finalists were chosen from the National Awards revealed last month and will eventually be whittled down to the Stirling Prize winner on October 8. Recent winners of the most prestigious award in British architecture have included Bloomberg HQ, Hastings Pier, and the Newport Street Gallery.

"The RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist epitomizes the enviable global reputation of UK architecture," says RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. "These six buildings could hardly be more diverse in typology and scale – from a rustic stable block-turned-theater to a vast national railway station. But what they have in common – ground-breaking innovation, extraordinary creativity and the highest quality materials and detailing – sets them apart, rightfully earning them a chance to win the highest accolade in architecture."

Cork House is located in Berkshire
Cork House is located in Berkshire

Cork House, by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton, in partnership with The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, is a sustainable home in Eton that's almost entirely constructed from a by-product from the cork stopper industry. The interior looks comfortable and light-filled thanks to several large skylights and despite its unusual looks, the home takes its place very well within the grounds of a listed 18th century mill.

London Bridge Station was completed in May 2018
London Bridge Station was completed in May 2018

The London Bridge Station, by Grimshaw, is a massive project that improves rail connectivity across a swathe of England, from Norfolk to the south coast. The creation of the new station concourse involved the recycling of old bricks and the repurposing of original Victorian-era railway arches. Pavements have been widened, accessibility has been improved, and dark, confined areas have been opened up into large light-filled spaces.

Visitors to the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, before progressing through a sequence of production areas that follow the distilling of the whisky
Visitors to the Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience are greeted with an exhibition and gallery area, before progressing through a sequence of production areas that follow the distilling of the whisky

Two-time Stirling Prize winner Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' Macallan New Distillery and Visitor Experience triples capacity for the Scottish single malt whisky producer on the same estate used by the firm since 1824. The stunning building is topped by a large undulating timber roof that's covered in greenery to help it blend into the landscape. The roof is very complex and consists of 1,800 timber beams and 380,000 individual components.

Goldsmith Street was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley
Goldsmith Street was designed by Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley

Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley's Goldsmith Street is a social housing development that's also a triumph of sustainable design. Consisting of over a hundred homes in Norwich, each has been built to the stringent Passivhaus standard, which favors high levels of air-tightness and insulation to offer impressive energy-efficiency. The use of modern brick, black glazed roof tiles, and perforated metal louvers help lend a contemporary feel to the project.

Nevill Holt Opera was completed in June 2018
Nevill Holt Opera was completed in June 2018

The Nevill Holt Opera, by Witherford Watson Mann Architects is an opera house in Leicestershire. The project is installed within a 17th century stable yard of Nevill Holt Hall, a listed building that itself dates back to before 1300. The architects have done a wonderful job adding the new addition to the old building tastefully and the intimate performance space with its palette of dark stained wood and board-marked concrete seems like it really does belong.

The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park sits in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century country park estate
The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park sits in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century country park estate

The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, by Feilden Fowles Architects, is located in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century country park estate. The Sculpture Park itself opened in the 1970s and the new Weston addition provides a much needed visitor center and gallery. The building is part concrete and also takes the form of a glazed timber-framed pavilion that offers panoramic views across the landscape.

Head to the gallery to see more information and images of each of the half dozen projects shortlisted for the 2019 Stirling Prize.

Source: RIBA

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ljaques
It's =Participation Award= time again!