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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!

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