(Above) Maggie's Centre, London, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Pic © RichardBryantArcaid.co.uk
The shortlist for the 2009 RIBA Stirling Architecture Prize has been announced, with six buildings chosen from a midlist of 22.
The competition aims to find the architects of the building deemed to have made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.
(Above) Liverpool One Masterplan, Liverpool, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Pic © David Millington
This year's nominees include a pioneering health centre in London, an imposing winery in Spain, an elegant museum in Denmark and a mixed-use residential scheme contributing to the regeneration of Liverpool.
(Above) Kentish Town Health Centre, London, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Pic © Tim Soar
"This year's shortlist really embodies the wide-ranging spirit of the RIBA Stirling Prize, from a winery to health centres, from an art museum in open country to major transformations of dense inner city areas," said Sunand Prasad, RIBA President.
"This is a fascinating set of schemes; the judges have a hard but eagerly anticipated decision to make."
(Above) Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark, Tony Gretton Architects. Pic © Helene Binet
The RIBA Stirling Prize jury, which will visit all six shortlisted buildings and then meet for a final time on the day of the presentation to pick the winner, includes architect Benedetta Tagliabue, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Chair Sir John Sorrell and designer Thomas Heatherwick.
(Above) Bodegas Protos, Spain, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Pic © Paul Raftery
If you fancy a flutter on who will be this year's winner then William Hill is again offering odds on the shortlisted buildings. Fuglsang Kunstmuseum is the current favourite (3/1), followed by Maggie's Centre (4/1), Bodegas Protos (4/1), Liverpoool One Masterplan (9/2), 5 Aldermanbury Square (9/2) and Kentish Town Health Centre (5/1).
(Above) 5 Aldermanbury Square, London, Eric Parry Architects. Pic © Timothy Soar
The winner will be announced at Old Billingsgate in London on Saturday October 17 2009 in a ceremony to be broadcast live on Channel 4.
For further details and images of the six finalists visit the RIBA website.