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Oxford conference centre on shortlist for Stirling Prize architectural award

The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre in Oxford is one of six buildings nominated for the 2018 Stirling Prize, the most prestigious prize in British architecture, as the BBC reports.

The building sits in the parkland of Worcester College, Oxford, and serves a multiple purpose as lecture theatre, seminar room, dance studio, foyer and conference centre.

Judges said that the centre required “a building team capable of the highest levels of craftsmanship, and an architectural team capable of the very highest design quality. The result is a building of extraordinary elegance.

“It is the natural materials, superbly honed, that ground the building and make it belong. It is the architectural design – the timeless pursuit of ordering space and light and form – that makes it a thing of pure joy.”

 

The Bloomberg building in London

 

Among the other shortlisted buildings are the Bloomberg building in London, a unique office space full of curving pathways and a room/art installation named The Vortex.

There is also the New Tate in St Ives, Cornwall - an elegant art gallery built right on the shoreline. It is clad in ceramic tiles which reflect the colour of the sea from the beach below.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 will be announced on Wednesday 10 October at the Roundhouse in Camden, London.

Photo credits: Nick Kane and Nigel Young