Olympic Stadium misses out on architecture prize

The Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium was one of six buildings shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. Photo: LOCOG.

London's Olympic stadium has failed to secure its own gold medal, after missing out on the UK's most prestigious architecture prize.

The 80,000-capacity stadium was one of six buildings to be shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Stirling Prize. But in the end the gong went to a science laboratory in Cambridge.

Judges said the Sainsbury Laboratory was a timeless piece of architecture - a university building "taken to an extraordinary degree of sophistication and beauty".

The Sainsbury Laboratory.
The Sainsbury Laboratory. Credit: Hufton and Crow.
The Sainsbury Laboratory.
The Sainsbury Laboratory. Credit: Hufton and Crow.

When the shortlist was announced, just before the Games began in July, judges had described the Olympic Stadium in Stratford as having "a spirit of fun".

They said the architects had "designed a space to create an amazing atmosphere, where every seat has a great view".

The new Rothschild's Bank building at New Court in London
The new Rothschild's Bank building at New Court in London Credit: OMA by Charlie Koolhaas.

The new Rothschild's Bank building at New Court in London was also one of the six buildings shortlisted.