Olympic Stadium on UK architecture prize shortlist

The Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium is on Riba's Stirling Prize shortlist Photo: POPULOUS

The Olympic Stadium has been shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious architecture prize.

The stadium, designed by Populous, is one of six new buildings that have been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects' (Riba) Stirling Prize.

There is a spirit of fun - they have designed a space to create an amazing atmosphere, where every seat has a great view.

– The Stirling Prize judges on the Olympic stadium
The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire
The favourite to win is the Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire Credit: Iwan Baan

Despite the stadium being home to the country's event of the year - London 2012 - the bookies' favourite to bag the prize is David Chipperfield Architects for their Hepworth Wakefield gallery located in Yorkshire.

The Maggie's Centre at Gartnaval Hospital in Glasgow
The Maggie's Centre at Gartnaval Hospital in Glasgow Credit: Philippe Ruault

Also nominated are the OMA's Maggie's Centre at Gartnaval Hospital in Glasgow, the new Lyric Theatre by Dublin-based O'Donnell + Tuomey, Stanton Williams' Sainsbury Laboratory and the Rothschild's Bank building at London's New Court, which is designed by the OMA with Allies and Morrison.

The Lyric Theatre designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects
The Lyric Theatre designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects Credit: Dennis Gilbert

The Stirling Prize is now in its 17th year and celebrates the best of new British architecture.

The new Rothchild's Bank building in London
The new Rothchild's Bank building in London Credit: OMA

The chair of the judging panel is former Royal Academy president Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.

The panel includes Sir Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College Oxford and former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, architects Joanna van Heyningen and Hilde Daem and designer Naomi Cleaver.

Stanton Williams' Sainsbury Laboratory
Stanton Williams' Sainsbury Laboratory Credit: Hufton Crowe

The winner will be announced in Manchester in October.