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RIBA Announces Stirling Prize Shortlisted Projects and More Than Half Are Green
Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 25, 2011 @ 6:38 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments
Of the four projects that we consider “green,” the Velodrome by Hopkins Architects  is considered a favorite. With its signature saddle roof (sometimes referred to as a pringle because of its shape), the sports center includes natural cooling, water harvesting, daylighting, and overall energy efficiency measures. The Angel Building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris  gave an old 1980′s office building an adaptive upgrade by infilling old courtyards and expanding office space. For their achievements, AHMM has already received the BCO award for Refurbished or Recycled Workspace.
The Folkwang Museum by David Chipperfield Architects  is more serene than it is overtly chipper. The external cladding of this renovated space is made from crushed recycled glass , and much effort has been put towards fusing both natural and artificial lighting to ensure minimal energy use . The last project on the RIBA shortlist is potentially this author’s favorite. Bennetts Associates  restored the Royal Shakespeare Theater’s  art deco foyer, fountain staircase, and front facade, and created a riverside walkway and other green public spaces to the grounds. In so doing, they have made Shakespeare at the Royal Theater accessible and enjoyable to everyone. The winner of the 2601 Stirling Prize will be announced on 1 October, 2011, so please stay tuned!
images via RIBA 
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 Royal Institute of British Architects: http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAStirlingPrize/RIBAStirlingPrize2011/RIBAStirlingPrize2011.aspx
 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects: http://inhabitat.com/hopkins-architects-completes-londons-2012-olympic-velodrome-stadium/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/07/The-Velodrome-Hodgkins-Architects-Stirling-8.jpg
 Hopkins Architects: http://www.hopkins.co.uk/
 Allford Hall Monaghan Morris: http://inhabitat.comAllford Hall Monaghan Morris
 David Chipperfield Architects: http://www.davidchipperfield.co.uk/
 recycled glass: http://inhabitat.com/steam-studio-a-mysterious-recycled-glass-cube-in-the-swedish-forest/
 natural and artificial lighting to ensure minimal energy use: http://inhabitat.com/tag/natural-lighting/
 Bennetts Associates: http://www.bennettsassociates.com/
 Royal Shakespeare Theater’s: http://www.rsc.org.uk/transformation/project/701.asp
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