Peter Clash, the original architect of the Magna concept - and conspicuously not mentioned in the citation - must be gnashing his teeth: for this was one of those projects where the architect of the scheme that attracts the lottery millions then loses out in an arcane bidding process actually to build it.
Strange that, given this embarrassing authorial wrinkle, Magna was chosen ahead of Nick Grimshaw's Eden Project in Cornwall. At least at Eden, a single architect was responsible from concept through to completion. And while Magna is an excellent piece of work - primarily a clever lighting scheme of an existing industrial building, to be harsh - it comes nowhere near Eden as a real piece of architecture, nor even as an example of post-industrial regeneration.
But maybe that's just me. Anyone out there prepared to defend Magna as the Stirling winner?
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Quite liked the surgery myself and I really want to see the Eden project to experience its scale.
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