Stirling Prize 2021 (2)

An interesting choice of winner for this year’s Stirling Prize: good that the Town House, commissioned by Kingston University, acts at the intersection of town and gown; good that the prize has been won by Grafton Architects, intelligent, lowkey Irish architects. The Cambridge Central Mosque by Marks Barfield may have been a bit too obvious. One faintly wonders if the jury were really able to see the Windermere Jetty Museum in situ. My own limited experience of architectural juries is that one can’t help but be influenced by the way a project is presented by its client and by the quality of construction, which doesn’t show up in photographs. So, the bookies got it wrong.

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