RIBA Stirling Prize 2022 shortlist | Introducing the six front runners

One of the six shortlisted projects, the Sands End Arts and Community Centre is a fully accessible single-storey building arranged around a disused lodge. Photo by Rory Gardiner

The six-strong shortlist of buildings in contention for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2022 has been revealed. 

This year’s shortlisted projects are those that are considered to have made “the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture and the built environment”, according to the RIBA. From a net zero development of a 1980s office block through to regeneration projects and educational buildings, each of the contenders explores issues around the current climate crisis, adaptive reuse, and the value of community. 

100 Liverpool Street is a net zero development encompassing a dramatic renovation and extension of a 1980s office block to create a suite of offices and commercial and public spaces in London’s financial district. Photo by Janie Airey

RIBA Stirling Prize 2022 shortlist:

  • 100 Liverpool Street, London (Hopkins Architects)
  • Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, Scotland (Reiach and Hall Architects)
  • Hackney New Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road, London (Henley Halebrown)
  • Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, London (Panter Hudspith Architects)
  • Sands End Arts and Community Centre, London (Mæ Architects)
  • The New Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge (Niall McLaughlin Architects)

“As we grapple with housing, energy and climate crises, these six projects give cause for optimism, each offering innovative solutions to the challenges of today and the future. From major capital city regeneration programmes to new visions for higher education, they all share the ambition to deliver generous architecture fit for a low-carbon future,” said RIBA President Simon Allford.

“Four of our shortlisted schemes provide new spaces to interact and learn. These formal and informal settings – schools, colleges and community centres – epitomise how to design for sustained community benefit. They are joined by ambitious new housing developments on compact and complex sites that set a benchmark for investment in high quality, desirable urban homes.” 

“All six buildings are informed by close consultation and collaboration with clients, contractors, and the community. The result: outstanding and welcoming architecture that lifts the spirit of all who engage with it,” RIBA President Simon Allford concluded. 

Hackney New Primary School is a striking red-brick complex that combines affordable housing with a new primary school for the growing east London community. Photo Nick Kane

The list includes Stirling Prize debuts for Mae Architects and Panter Hudspith Architects, and of the six buildings there are two that are located outside of London: Forth Valley College, Falkirk Campus, in Scotland, and the new timber-framed library at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

In 2021 the prize was awarded to the Kingston University Town House by Grafton Architects, a concrete-framed higher education building in South West London.

The New Library, Magdalene College is a finely detailed timber-framed library and study space. Photo by Nick Kane

The overall winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2022 will be announced on Thursday 13th October 2022 at the RIBA London headquarters. 

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