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Museum wins UK architecture prize
Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar
The museum houses works from former West and East Germany
A museum in Germany has won the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize.

The Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar was designed by UK firm David Chipperfield Architects.

The museum brings together the works of well-known German authors from the former West and East Germany.

The annual prize, awarded at a ceremony in Camden, north London, honours the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture.

'Rich and restrained'

The museum was shortlisted along with the America's Cup building in Valencia, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the redevelopment of Dresden railway station, the Savill building in Windsor, and the Young Vic theatre in London.

The presentation of the 20,000 prize took place in an award ceremony at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London.

This is a building that is simultaneously rich and restrained
Stirling Prize judges

The judges said: "In a suitably commemorative manner the building forms a small Acropolis attached to the National Schiller Museum on a ridge overlooking the valley of the River Neckar."

They added: "This is a building that is simultaneously rich and restrained, a trick Chipperfield pulls off as well as any architect working today.

"The architect's control and discrimination in the choice of materials has by now become a signature, but above all it is in the handling of the 'difficult whole' that the building excels."

Previous winners of the prize include Madrid's Barajas airport, the Scottish Parliament, London's "Gherkin" building, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Peckham Library.

Footage of the museum that has won the Stirling Prize


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