The announcement was made today by the prize’s organizers,
the London-based Royal Institute of British Architects, in an
Iraqi-born Hadid’s MAXXI, Rome’s new showcase for living
art, cost 150 million euros ($192 million) and took a decade to
complete. Made of gray cement, it is built on the site of a
former army barracks and has a jutting tower reminiscent of
London’s Hayward Gallery.
Berlin’s Neues Museum saw Chipperfield revive a building
that had been ravaged by World War II: A wing, a courtyard and
the central staircase had been destroyed. Chipperfield has kept
the traces of damage visible.
Another nominee is the Ashmolean in Oxford, redeveloped by
Rick Mather Architects. That makes a total of three large
museum projects on the six-strong shortlist this year.
“They are the fruits of the economic boom of the last
decade, and sadly may represent the end of an era,” the RIBA
The other three nominees are:
- Bateman’s Row, London by Theis+Khan
- Christ’s College School, Guildford by DSDHA
- Clapham Manor Primary School, London by dRMM (de Rijke
Marsh Morgan Architects)