• Sunday , 17 November 2019

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s LSE Student Centre nominated for Stirling Prize

O’Donnell + Tuomey have received their fifth nomination for the RIBA Stirling Prize for their sculptural Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics.

The RIBA Jury writes: “In the midst of a complex mediaeval London street pattern O’Donnell and Tuomey have woven a little of their magic. This remarkable project is an object lesson in mobilising the limitations of a site into a startlingly original building which makes a massive contribution to its townscape. The architects started by taking the geometry of tight angles as the definition of a solid into which they gouged cuts and cracks that give light and form. Every angled facet responds to rights of lights of its neighbours. The momentum is generated in the surrounding streets and drawn into the spiral that rises through the whole height of the structure as a continuous internal street, taking the form of a generous stair that clambers its way around the core.  Outer walls slope and twist, floors take up complex non-orthogonal shapes, yet all the accommodation generated seems to be natural, functional and hugely enjoyable to use. The result is truly unexpected. It is fascinating to see a practice enlarging its areas of expertise in this way.”

The Saw Swee Hock Student Centre for the London School of Economics also won the RIAI’s International Award at the2014 Irish Architecture Awards, an RIBA National Award and the RIBA London Building of the Year Award.

The other five shortlisted projects for the 2014 Stirling Prize are:

London Bridge Tower, The Shard, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

London Aquatics Centre, Zaha Hadid Architects

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Haworth Tompkins Architects

Library of Bermingham, Mecanoo Architecten

Manchester School of Art, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

For more information see RIBA Stirling Prize 


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