Zaha Hadid, Olympic Velodrome Nominated for U.K. Stirling Prize

Evelyn Grace Academy
Secondary-school students mingle on a terrace at the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton. The building is the first in London by the Iraqi-born, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Source: Zaha Hadid Architects via Bloomberg

Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect who last year won the U.K.’s RIBA Stirling Prize for her MAXXI Museum in Rome, is shortlisted again this year for her design of a school in Brixton, south London.

The other five nominees for the U.K.’s top architecture prize include David Chipperfield (the 2007 winner) for his Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany; and Hopkins Architects, for the London 2012 Olympics Velodrome.

“This year’s shortlist features the first Olympic venue, a beautifully clever exemplar for the U.K.’s games,” said Ruth Reed, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, which oversees the prize-giving to the best new European building “built or designed in Britain.”

The winner will be announced on Saturday Oct. 1.

Hadid’s shortlisted building, the Evelyn Grace Academy, cost 36.5 million pounds ($59 million) and has a bending facade of concrete and glass that vaguely recalls her MAXXI in Rome.

The other three nominees are: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Bennetts Associates Architects); the Angel Building in London (by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris); and the An Gaelaras cultural center in Derry, Northern Ireland (O’Donnell and Tuomey).

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