The Museum of Modern Literature in Germany by David Chipperfield Architects has scooped this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize.
The museum, in Marbach am Neckar, beat competition from five other contenders including two from the UK, The Savill Building in Windsor by Glen Howells Architects and the Young Vic Theatre in London by Haworth Tompkins.
The three remaining finalists were the America’s Cup Building in Valencia, Spain, also by David Chipperfield; Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal, by Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Cecil Balmond’s Arup-AFA; and the Dresden Station redevelopment, Germany, by Foster & Partners.
This is the first time a building designed by David Chipperfield Architects has won the prize.
The presentation of the award took place at a ceremony at the Roundhouse, London, and was televised live on Channel 4. Sunand Prasad, Riba president, announced the winner and Kieran Long, editor of The Architect’s Journal, presented David Chipperfield with the prize and a cheque for £20 000.
This is the 12th year the Stirling Prize has been presented. Last year’s winner was Barajas Airport in Madrid, by Richard Rogers Partnership.