Today the architectural shortlist was announced.
- David Chipperfield Architects
- Haworth Tompkins Architects
- Marks Barfield Architects
- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
- Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor
David Chipperfield Architects
Chipperfield first made his reputation in Japan in the 1980s. Among his early projects in England that revealed his rigorous and elemental approach to design included a shop for Issey Miyake on London’s Sloane Street in 1983, and a house for the fashion photographer Nick Knight. Later, Chipperfield designed the award-winning River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames using green oak cladding, concrete and glass. Chipperfield was the only British architect to be shortlisted for the commission to design Tate Modern.
Since then, Chipperfield has moved on to become one of the commanding figures in the design of cultural and civic buildings across Europe and in the United States. Chipperfield was the architect for the reconstruction of the destroyed Neues Museum in Berlin, which reopened in October 2009. In addition to the Neues Museum, which Chipperfield began working on in the mid-1990s during an initial competition phase, the architect is also designing the master plan for Berlin’s entire Museum Island, a Unesco World Heritage site, made up of five museums. A new entrance building, which will act as an addition to the complex, has also been designed by Chipperfield and is expected to be completed in 2013.
David Chipperfield Website: www.davidchipperfield.co.uk
Grimshaw Architects (formerly Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners) is an architectural firm based in London. Founded in 1980 by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, the firm was one of the pioneers of high-tech architecture. In particular, they are known for their design of transport projects including Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA railway station, Waterloo International railway station and the award winning Southern Cross railway station recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects Lubetkin Prize. The firm currently has offices in London, Melbourne, Sydney and New York.
Grimshaw Website: grimshaw-architects.com
Haworth Tompkins Architects
Haworth Tompkins was formed in 1991 by architects Graham Haworth [b. 1960] and Steve Tompkins [b. 1959].
Based in London, the studio has worked on projects across public, private and subsidised sectors including schools, galleries, theatres, housing, offices, shops and factories. The practice now employs approximately 52 people.
Haworth Tompkins buildings are primarily influenced by the specific chemistry of individual places and cultural situations. What they have in common is an approach rather than a stylistic signature. Key to their work is an understanding of the nature of a site and the needs of a building’s users, a process which often yields original or unconventional solutions.
Haworth Tompkins Website: www.haworthtompkins.com
Marks Barfield Architects
The London Eye was designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, and the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks.
Arup were the engineers.
Marks Barfield Website: www.marksbarfield.com
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is a British architectural firm. Established in 2007, it was previously known as the Richard Rogers Partnership.
The firm’s principal offices are located at Thames Wharf Studios in London. It also maintains offices in Madrid, Tokyo and Sydney. As of December 2010 the firm has 176 employees and 10 partners, including Richard, Lord Rogers.
The practice is strongly focused on sustainability, urban regeneration and social awareness, themes that have long been a feature of Rogers’ work. Celebration of public space and the encouragement of public activities is also a recurring theme.
The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners practice is owned by a charitable trust, ensuring that no individual owns any share in its value and preventing private trading and inheritance of shares. The practice divides its profits between all of the staff and their chosen charities, according to publicly declared principles
Rogers Stirk Harbour Website: www.rsh-p.com
Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor
Zaha Hadid Architects is an international architecture and design firm founded by Zaha Hadid, with its main office situated in Clerkenwell, London.
Zaha Hadid Website: www.zaha-hadid.com