Although high brow architecture prizes aren’t my usual territory, I think that this years Stirling prize has some exciting projects on the shortlist.
Best if we pass over the Olympic stadium, which looks so much like so many other stadiums to the lively Lyric Theatre project. Highlighted on last nights BBC2 Culture Show, this looks to be a lovely, well designed quality development, informed by function and form rather than vanity and ego. I also rather like the bomb-shelter chic of The Hepworth, rarely has concrete looked so lovely.
The shortlist is well worth a look on ribastirlingprize.architecture.com