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Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI, Berlin Neues Museum Nominated for Stirling

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Architect Zaha Hadid poses at the opening of her first exhibition in the U.K., at the Design Museum in Shad Thames, in London's Docklands, Thursday, June 28, 2007. Photographer: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg News

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Architect Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI contemporary-art museum in Rome and David Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin were shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize, the profession’s highest distinction in the U.K.

The announcement was made today by the prize’s organizers, the London-based Royal Institute of British Architects, in an e-mailed release.

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 said.

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)

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