Blavatnik School of Government is shortlisted for 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize
LONDON, UK, 14 July 2016 – Blavatnik School of Government is shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize. The six shortlisted projects were drawn from the 46 winners of a 2016 RIBA National Award. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) honours UK’s best building of the year. The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 will be announced on 6 October 2016.
Herzog & de Meuron have previously won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2003 for the Laban Dance Centre.
Jacques Herzog says about Blavatnik School of Government:
“Oxford is an almost sacred territory for world class education in literally any of its many famous colleges. Its architectural heritage is equally impressive – apart from most of those buildings that were added since modernity has taken command of its urban development. We saw the Blavatnik School of Government as an opportunity to connect back to the traditional building typologies, such us the interior courtyard and the stack of different volumes such as the circle and the horseshoe. These different volumes provide a sense of scale and proportion and thus help integrate the building within its delicate historic context. The interior courtyard – so specific and unique in historic colleges – has become an internal forum inspired by parliamentary and governmental spaces. It is made to stimulate communication and informal exchange between students, scholars and visitors from all over the world.”
Ascan Mergenthaler, Senior Partner, says about Blavatnik School of Government:
“Together with the School we developed a diversity of spaces offering a multitude of settings and conditions for studying, learning, exchanging, teaching and working – ranging from private and acoustically sealed to open and casual – yet they all share the visual and physical connection to the central forum; this creates a sense of community and intimacy that is fundamental to a school of government.”