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Video shortlist for architecture prize
Short list entries

Six buildings by British architects were shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for Architecture 2007, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The 20,000 prize - won by the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar, Germany, and designed by David Chipperfield Architects - is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.

Previous winners include Barajas Airport by Richard Rogers Partnership and The Scottish Parliament building by EMBT/RMJM Ltd.

Follow the links for details and video of the buildings.

AMERICA'S CUP BUILDING, Valencia, Spain
America's Cup Building


The Spanish port city of Valencia hosted the America's Cup last year - and needed a new building and park as the centrepiece. Architects David Chipperfield came up with the America's Cup Building, and after just 11 months of work, the four storey, white concrete pavilion appeared.

Sixty percent of the building is actually outdoor space, and the public can walk through the lower levels.

CASA DA MUSICA, Porto, Portugal
Casa Da Musica


Now a dominant feature of the Porto skyline, the striking Casa Da Musica concert hall was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture with British engineers Arup.

Work started when Porto was European Culture Capital in 2001, but the building was only finished in 2005. It has two main auditoriums - Lou Reed performed at the opening concert.

DRESDEN STATION REDEVELOPMENT, Dresden, Germany
Dresden Station Redevelopment


Dresden's train station was badly damaged by Allied bombing during the air raids in 1945 - and the later attempts to repair and update it have been described as "unsympathetic".

It is perhaps appropriate that the redevelopment of the station should be designed by British architects. Foster and Partners decided to replace the original timber and glass roof of the train shed with a lightweight fabric.

MUSEUM OF MODERN LITERATURE, Marbach, Germany
Museum of Modern Literature


The second nomination for architects David Chipperfield, the Museum of Modern Literature was designed to house the best of modern German writing - including the archives of dramatist Freidrich Schiller and the original manuscripts of Franz Kafka's The Trial.

The rooms containing the most delicate texts had to be dimly lit with a constant temperature of 18C and relative humidity of 50%.

THE SAVILL BUILDING, Windsor, UK
The Savill Building


Designed by Glenn Howells Architects as a dramatic pavilion and opened in 2006, the Savill Building is made from timber taken from the surrounding park.

It has an undulating roof, shaped like a leaf - a specially trained team of up to 20 carpenters worked on it for 12 months (and apparently drank 7,500 cups of tea in the process).

YOUNG VIC THEATRE, London
Young Vic Theatre


The original Young Vic theatre was meant to be temporary, and built on a budget of 60,000 in 1970. Now the theatre has been taken apart and put back together again by architects Haworth Tompkins in a project costing 12.5m.

One of the spaces was originally a Victorian butcher's shop - and it remains as the theatre's main entrance and box office.



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VOTE RESULTS
Which is your favourite shortlisted building?
America's Cup Building
 16.25% 
Casa Da Musica
 8.18% 
Dresden Station redevelopment
 19.07% 
Museum of Modern Literature
 6.53% 
The Savill Building
 36.04% 
Young Vic theatre
 6.12% 
None of the above
 7.82% 
5821 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion


SEE ALSO
In pictures: Stirling Prize
27 Jul 07 |  In Pictures
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