This is a timely publication of Magdalene College Library ahead of next week’s judging of the Stirling Prize on August 13th. (see below). The Library is deliberately traditional, as it needs to be given the extreme sensitivity of its location, but it is clever in that it is not revivalist, but with a strong and individual character of its own. It has been built to last four hundred years, which, in an environment when a twenty-year life span is considered normal, is itself a good lesson. The interiors, which the photographs do not fully convey, are beautifully considered, providing small private spaces for reading, as is appropriate in a college library. If the Stirling Prize is about the best architecture of the last year, then it is hard to see the other contenders having the same calm authority. But I’m sure it will be hotly contested.