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Riba Stirling Prize 2015: NEO Bankside

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A scheme of four housing blocks near the River Thames in London is one of six UK buildings to be shortlisted for the 2015 Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. While a select line-up of judges will decide the winner, the BBC, in partnership with the Riba, is inviting you to vote for your favourite.

What is it and where?

Four steel and glass blocks providing 217 flats, close to the River Thames in London and designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Work on the project began in 2009 and the scheme was completed in 2013.

How much did it cost?

£132m.

What was the vision?

To provide residents with generous living spaces, ample light and, for those on upper floors, expansive views of London. The development has been subject to controversy over the number of affordable homes provided, and the fact the homes have been built off-site, elsewhere in the borough.

What have people said about it?

"A determinedly High-Tech expression of expense." Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times, July 2015

"The Meccano-like buildings have the brio of Rogers Stirk Harbour's trademark steroidally expressed, brightly coloured structure and exoskeleton." Jay Merrick, The Independent, July 2015

"Remind[s] us how money is driving housing as asset class rather than home." Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times/Architects' Journal, July 2015


Explore the other buildings on the shortlist

BBC Riba Stirling home page

Find out more about the BBC Riba Stirling Prize partnership


Film by: John Galliver

Poster image: Philip Durrant

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