Ashmolean shortlisted for architecture prize

Ashmolean shortlisted for architecture prize

Arts

26 Jul 10

The Ashmolean Museum has been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, in recognition of its 61 million redevelopment designed by Rick Mather Architects.

The prestigious prize, worth 20,000, is awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to the architects of the best new European building ‘built or designed in Britain.’

The Ashmolean has been nominated alongside Rome’s MAXXI Museum, Berlin’s Neues Museum, Clapham Manor primary school in south London, Christ’s College school in Guildford and a home and office building in Shoreditch.

Christopher Brown, Director of the Ashmolean, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this award. It is a great honour for the Museum and Rick Mather Architects to be recognized for the transformative qualities this redevelopment project has achieved, from the sensitive design of the new building to the innovative redisplay of our renowned collections.’

It is a great honour for the Museum and Rick Mather Architects to be recognized for the transformative qualities this redevelopment project has achieved

Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said: ‘The RIBA Stirling Prize celebrates architectural excellence and this year we have a remarkable group of buildings on the shortlist.

'Unique in the history of the RIBA Stirling Prize, three major museum buildings make up half of the list, showing us three different ways of building – and re-building – museums and galleries.’

The winner will be announced at The Roundhouse in London on 2 October 2010, and broadcast live on The Culture Show on BBC 2.

The Ashmolean won a regional RIBA Award in May for its architecture, alongside the Auditorium of Corpus Christi College.

The Ashmolean is Britain's oldest public museum, and reopened in November after a major redevelopment. The new building has doubled the Museum’s display space and houses 39 new galleries, including a new suite of temporary roof exhibitions, a dedicated education centre, state-of-the-art conservation studios and Oxford’s first roof-top restaurant.’