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It's Oscars night

Sequin | 11:41 UK time, Friday, 10 October 2008

The Oscars of the architecture world, that is. The Stirling Prize. It's being awarded tomorrow night . Our very own Nigel Wrench will be reporting on it this evening - or at least we're really really hoping that he can, as long as some other crucial element to the global meltdown story doesn't develop in our time.

So, if all goes well, you'll be hearing from Nigel this evening. He's written this :

This station is in the running. Recognise it? Is it anywhere near you?

(photo copyright Mark Humphreys)

It's co-designed by the British Architects responsible for the Eden Project. Here's another shot:

(photo copyright Ger van der Flugt)

Nigel writes:

"The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) uses the word "heroic" to describe its soaring spaces and use of timber. On PM tonight I'll be talking to Sir Nicholas Grimshaw whose architectural practice is responsible for the station. Only likely to be local to you if you're in Amsterdam, as the photo below may indicate, if you're familiar with the skyline:

(photo copyright Mark Humphreys)

I thought you might like to see snaps of the five other nominated projects ( Riba says the award is for "the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year").

(photo copyright Tim Crocker)

Accordia, a housing development in Cambridge by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios/Alison Brooks Architects/Macreanor Lavington. One third of the homes are , in the jargon, "affordable".

(photo copyright Tim Griffith)

Manchester Civil Justice Centre by Denton Corker Marshall, an Australian architectural practice.

(Photo copyright Dennis Gilbert)

The Royal Festival Hall, London, £100 million restoration by Allies and Morrison.

(photo copyright Roland Halbe)

Nord Park Cable Railway, Austria, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Ms Hadid is the iconoclastic architect also responsible for the design of the controversial aquatic centre for London 2012.

(photo copyright Tim Soar)

And this is Westminster Academy, London, architecture by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which the bookies have installed as the favourite.

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