It will be the kunsthaus.
Because it is overseas, this will add further impetus to deliver the award to cook:
my god, if he has to go to the Austrians to secure a commission, the least we can do is give him a blue peter badge.
kunsthaus is great on an urban scale, sleepily bonkers on an aesthetic level and anti-functional in a contemporary-architectural kinda level.
It points the way, without realising it, to a soft future, where we bend the environment to fit our needs instantaeously: pliable environments which respond to spontaneity. Rooms appear from nowhere and surround you, materials that change their atomic structure because they can. But the kunsthaus is frozen â€“ locked into one shape.
it's a vision from the future, somehow dragged back to our stone age workshop, and it's stranded here, locked into the form it presents now, a bubbly, purple bagpipe for perverts.
but then, did we not just score cook and his pals a RIBA gold medal the other year?
in that case, theyâ€™ll give it to foster for swiss re, cos he's reliable.
was majorly underwhelmed by this line-up for riba stirling.
gehry's not on the list cos it would've been three Scottish projects in a row, each a token gesture to illustrate great British diversity, and three times in a row the Scots would win nada, and RIBA can't be arsed with the hassle to be honest. Donâ€™t blame them. The building by the wee Canadian man is pretty mediocre anyway - not a patch on page\park's maggie in Glasgow. Also, it is not going to win RIAS best building, for which it is shortlisted, either. Can you imagine if it was shortlisted for both and won RIBA-stirling but not RIAS best building? eh?
so, thankfully gehry's out the pic entirely.
that coventry stuff - flash forward 20 years - admire the advances JCB have brought to their demolition machinery. Next!
Spire - less architectural than bloody an turas, the 'skinning-up hut' in Tiree. (apparently that's what visiting surfer's do there).
spire cannot win. spire winning would be like some bizarre prank. how much did it cost to build anyway? can we have an inquiry? it's not world class architecture! where are the sycamore inlays? (Iâ€™m worried the scottish public will think, â€˜sycamore inlaysâ€™ are the crucial element in â€˜world-classâ€™ architecture.)
war museum: just wondering â€“ is the recent mass assault on liebskind actually a crazy pr stunt arranged by the man himself? I canâ€™t move for newspaper and trade press articles knocking the dapper designer hobbit, saying â€˜His powers are waning, his powers are waning!â€™ â€“ because most of the articles are thee same, I presumed they were all mutations of the same press release.
Actually, war museum, is not bad architecture. Especially for a riverside regen project. Although I pretty much hate riverside regeneration buildings. Why are they always so fuckin massive? Itâ€™s like every designer that was ever given the chance to regenerate a bloody riverside canâ€™t see past â€˜re-inventing the shed.â€™ Unless, unlessâ€¦â€¦â€¦
All that slagging in the press was a distraction cos we really love you danny, here, have a stirling prize (cos weâ€™re not letting you build your fat spiky spiral either, so just take this bloody prize and fuck off will you, danny, you hyper-intelligent gimp.)
And on principal, no business academy should ever be allowed to win the stirling prize. (and itâ€™s too much of an architectâ€™s choice â€“ a member of the public would never nominate this building and in my opinion, the winner should resonate, at least a little, with the public)
No selfridges? Yes, a shame. Even more of a shame that it was bagged with cookâ€™s kunsthaus as two of a kind and came out the poorer as critics analysed the blobitecture phenomena.
Cook famously described his building as not blobby, not hi-tech, but crap tech and attempted to remove it from any blob-club that critics may have lumped it in. Selfridges, however, is actually even more lo-tech than the kunsty. A steel frame sprayed with concrete and render with shiny discs stuck on it.
Selfridges is a very interesting building on many levels â€“ it has an ancestry going back over 100 years and that ancestry is tied directly into the development of both the micro and the macro â€“ department stores were the host bodies for service technology (ventilation, electricals, telecoms,escaltors, etc.) as well as being catalysts for metropolitan re-organisation (urban design, planning, regeneration through shopping). So, itâ€™s certainly something you can talk about a bit.
It deserved to be in there. It looks great on tv and in glossy mags.
And thatâ€™s what Stirling is all about, yeah?