Best New Building: RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize


Best New Building: RIBA Stirling Prize 2013

A look at the six new buildings shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects' Stirling Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in architecture.


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evacuated. —— Typhoon Usagi. Now in BBC News a look on this year

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's nominations for the building of 's nominations for the building of

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the year in the Stirling Prize. We have questions for you. For

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instance, can you really should you be able to hide a holiday home in a

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ruined castle? Can you give new life to 60s concert —— concrete or can

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you make a building invisible? The Stirling Prize has been filled with

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spectacular. projects that are huge,

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spectacular. What we are about to show

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have a good look at, perhaps more the six projects vying to be the

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have a good look at, perhaps more importantly, hear from the people

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who have to live with them. importantly, hear from the people

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It was a really heartbreaking sight. A place that had been so

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collapsed. There isn't anywhere in collapsed. There isn't anywhere

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England that was more important and England that was more important and

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more in jeopardy than Astley Castle. There was a fork in the road. Either

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we can accept that it would be gone for ever or we can take a bold leap

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and say letters try this new way of looking at it to try to save it. ——

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let us try it. It is a bold and a very unusual

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thing for anyone to do, to take a mediaeval castle as either we are

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not going to leave it to ruin, will not wear painstaking restoration,

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but we will do something says the building is now turning a page into

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a new chapter and we will get a modern architect to fill the pages

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of that new chapter. This is the outer courtyard of Astley Castle. It

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gives you a flavour of what this project is about. The old mediaeval

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castle, the ruined shell of it here, and then the new building that the

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architects built for the Landmark trust in the shell which is through

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here. All the living space at Astley Castle, everything other than the

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bedrooms and bathrooms is on the upper level. We have the seating and

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dining area and the kitchen area. It is a big open plan space.

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lovely because you can see the lovely because you can see the

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fantastic views out of the windows. You can see how well

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fantastic views out of the windows. materials and the old sit next to

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each other. I thought that maybe people

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intervention, which is quite inserted, into an old building, that

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it was not the right thing. We have had almost no negative feedback at

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all from people. Last week I marry Julie and she is American. Her

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family came over for the wedding. —— I marry. We thought it would be a

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great place for everyone to stay. From the distance, looking into the

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castle you can see right through and you cannot see the modern bits. It

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still looks like ruins. We do not want to go home. We love it. We

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found out yesterday that my grandma got proposed to in this room. That

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would have been 50 years ago. He proposed by this fire. This place

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used to be a hotel, they used to come to dancers here and have meals

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and sit by the fire. Just as we did and sit by the fire. Just as we did

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last night. It was great to hear that story.

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Seeing that it is possible to have a future for a building like this and

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that you do not have to walk away from it and that you can do it

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really imaginatively and not in from it and that you can do it

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slavish way it has been a really inspiring and has got lots of people

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thinking about what you might be able to do with a building thought

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What we had asked the architects for originally was a building that could

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move us and that would cause people to be still and to be calm and to

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want to just sit a while. Originally what we wanted when we

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selected this design was this elliptical shape which, to begin

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with, looked like a boat that was in the middle of the Oxford

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countryside. The exterior was to give us something that was rounded,

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a sense that it blended into the countryside and fits into the

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rolling hills. It does not stick out as something square or rectangular.

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It fits into the community in a womb It fits into the community in a womb

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like way. Whenever I take people in for the first time their

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overwhelming reaction to the chapel is that they nearly always use 13

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word. It is simple but very spacious. It

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is not fussy. The way the light is...

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When I first saw I thought it looked like a gasometer. It did, of course

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it is elliptical which adds to the difficulties of building it. At the

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same time, it gives you so much space. I think it is a

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more can you ask? The likeness of the shape, it is a shape that talks

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to me. This space are really is a special

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space for people who want to sit and contemplate the landscape. You can

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be here and other things can be going on and it does not matter. We

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wanted there to be some space where people just sit and be quiet.

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I hadn't realised entirely how the design would, by lifting your eyes

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physically, because the light is up there, I had not realised how that

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would create a sense of a building that lifts you spiritually. I told

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them in my sermon on the 1st of February when it was dedicated that

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it would not really be dedicated into little prayerful. It fills

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prayerful before it has been much prayed in. —— feels.

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It is an astonishing and astounding piece of

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It is an astonishing and astounding The causeway is the flagship for

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Northern Ireland. The last thing you come to see is a building that takes

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away from the World Heritage site. come to see is a building that takes

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The thing about the design, you do not see it, it is not a big thing in

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the landscape. It is hidden. But it still has a huge presence. You see

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the front part of the building a rock and, as if it is lifting out of

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the landscape. The only part you see is this front. We are now on the

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building at roof. Division of the was to return this so that the path

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on the cliffs turned the whole way round. So we would be Lohia. ——

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Lowell here. Because Western Swan made from assault. They were keen to

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make sure that the building was make sure that the building was made

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from the same material. Each column is a different size and shape and is

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handcart and hand placed. —— hand cart.

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There is no plan, route, or destination to be building. When you

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come here you use the whole building as a visitor experience. We cannot

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We would prefer them to work it out We would prefer them to work it out

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themselves. I am from an engineering background. I was lucky enough to

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all about the building when it was being built, all about the new

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technology going into it, and this technology has been put into

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practice and is working very well. Instead of thermostatic controls in

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for the error in the ventilation of for the error in the ventilation

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The heat is from heat pumps. We can the building through CO2

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keep the building at a constant keep the building at a constant

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temperature. It is temperature. It is a

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state—of—the—art technology which has a minimum service. It is a very

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efficient building. It is fantastic to see it working. The building is

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very modern and up—to—date. The finished product is absolutely

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amazing. It is great that Northern Ireland have something to provide,

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not just for the local people but for visitors. It is an amazing place

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to work. There are people who love it and those who do not like it. It

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landscape and then it just ends. It landscape and then it just ends. It

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is laid out nicely, it is comfortable. A lot of criticism, but

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I think it looks great. It did not make me think anything. I was good

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with it. We waited a long time for something. This is a mash of

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everything. To have everything. To have something

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world—class like this actually on the site, I think it is brilliant.

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It brings it all together. This is moving forward for Northern Ireland.

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This is our time. When you see the people it is fantastic. It is

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showing a part of the world off. showing a part of the world off. ——

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our part of the world. People tend to react very positively

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or negatively. The concept or negatively. The concept of

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quality spaces. There is a real scenario of housing. It

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quality spaces. There is a real inside/outside feel. There is no

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getting away from the fact that getting away from the fact that they

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are high—density housing. People buy into the concept of having tight

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neighbour. It overcomes those neighbour. It overcomes those

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issues. This is our open plan living area. What I love about it is

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available as part of what is going on in the living room. They have

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levelled the outside decking. It is just another part of the living

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room. My bedroom is my favourite room. The double height is

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fantastic. Because I am Dutch, architecture is a lot more

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contemporary there. I wanted something with more windows. I just

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looking around. It was really hard to find. Even on the jury as day, it

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makes you a bit more uplifted. I makes you a bit more uplifted. I

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work from home, so I am in this house a lot. It is inspiring. We

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like the open plan of the house. We like the open plan of the house.

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liked all of the windows. Your liked all of the windows. Your

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fillets or an adult of area. You'll notice that the row houses next

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year. No one is in a straight line. You are not looking at your window

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and seeing a walled in the same way. To come

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are identical and together, it has a are identical and together, it has a

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holiday village feel to it. Think we properly appreciated the reception

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we received. Because it is striking images people see, they feel like

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they want to come and see it. It makes you feel better to live in a

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house that you love and you are proud of. This house to scribes who

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we are as a family, open, outgoing, the family and house comes each

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other. —— this house describes. It is concrete, it is brutalist, and

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it is hard line. How on earth can you find a solution for its? It was

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of a hill. We have reimagine it is a of a hill. We have reimagine it is a

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castle in parkland. When the of a hill. We have reimagine it is a

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building was first built, it building was first built, it

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loved it. It was reported in papers, loved it. It was reported in papers,

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it got loads of coverage. Park Hill is home to 3000 people. Local buses

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are lifts that carry your two are lifts that carry your two

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streets in the air. are lifts that carry your two

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building. There was a big? About what to do it. Our job is to re—

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imaginings, this Mac reimagine it and find out how people become

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excited about it. I am a resident here at Park Hill. I have a two

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bedroom flat. This is my reception area. This is the larger of the two

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bedrooms. The living room space itself, we have concrete walls will

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stop on the other side we have full height windows. The kitchen area is

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quite neat and compact. Now we can allow all the fresh air into the

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apartment. The lots of different aspects, it is a mixed tenancy.

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There is a level of ownership, people who want to live here and

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take control of their environments. We love the apartment. We need to

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give the building and outward give the building and outward

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expression of confidence. That is why you see the coloured panels. It

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is a very crisp new dimension to the building. One of the big things was

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to create more activity on the site. All of the lower floors are now

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commercial space. We started attract creative businesses. That is

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important in bringing animation to be site. We were the first

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commercial company to coming here. We have been here for five months.

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look and feel of the place, the fact look and feel of the place,

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it is not unique —— it is unique. Also the Reef decide to wear our

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elsewhere are fascinated that we are based in this building. Some people

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do not like Park Hill, and they never will. Not everybody needs to

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like it. We have had people who like it. We have had people who were

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very opposed to the building being maintained. I think it is a great

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impact. It makes you feel very

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professional, it makes you feel cutting edge. It makes you feel

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innovative. It makes you feel that to be a graduate as Limerick, you

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are at the top. We are in are at the top. We are in the

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northern campus of the University of Limerick. The residential Plaza

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hair. There are a number of hair. There are a number of

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buildings that define the Plaza. buildings that define the Plaza.

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There is the new medical school building which houses the entry

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residences to house students residences to house students

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writer is a concrete structure that writer is a concrete structure that

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the Plaza. When we saw the building the Plaza. When we saw the building

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building, people do talk about the building, people do talk about the

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wow factor. I think it was certainly that. He has sticking up on my neck,

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that is the feeling everyone had. What we have is a four story

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between lecture theatres. On the between lecture theatres. On the

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first floor, that is problem —based learning, tutorial

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rooms. On the second floor, as well you focus on clinical and anatomical

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studies. We travelled far and wide to work out what was required. It

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works very well, it is very works very well, it is very

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adaptable. This is the top floor that has research space. It has

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standard high specification equipment, benches, centrifuges, all

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of this. It is a wonderful setting. As soon as you walk in you feel like

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you are part of something bigger. When you start up as a student,

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you're not qualified yet, you have a hunger to become a doctor. The

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building makes you feel like you are on your way. It is an inspiring

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place. We were always conscious from place. We were always conscious from

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the beginning of we were on a tight budget. It is a public building. I

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think everybody who sit around the table and designed the building were

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conscious that the money had to conscious that the money had to be

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put to the best possible use. All the students live in these three

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buildings. Each apartment has four bedrooms. A really good study area.

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The mess we're in main living area, it has chilled function. We do our

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cooking and relaxing. It is great cooking and relaxing. It is great

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fantastic. It makes you forget about all the study and hard work. It is

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fantastic. It makes you forget about not like any other college

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accommodation I have accommodation I have seen. It is

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fantastic. It is just a lovely space to be in. That is really important.

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fantastic. It is just a lovely space students,

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last year we now have an environment in which to deliver that education.

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It has been great price. —— great for us.

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So we now know how to make a castle company, how to hide a visitor

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centre, how to make space proud full. The heart of all of this is

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that issue — solving human problems. Architecture may feel like it is

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blighted by jargon and hyphenated concepts, but the height of all this

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is two questions. Does it work? Is that lifts the spirits or corrode

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the sole? —— does it lifts

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A look at the six new buildings shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects' Stirling Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in architecture.

The shortlisted buildings are the University of Limerick Medical School, Sheffield's Park Hill housing estate, Newhall Be in Essex, the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre in County Antrim, Bishop Edward King Chapel in Cuddesdon and Astley Castle in Warwickshire.


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