The Shard and Aquatics Centre shortlisted for top prize

Skyscraper The Shard and the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park have been shortlisted for architecture's top prize - the Riba Stirling Prize. Nominees also include the London School of Economics.

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The Shard and the Aquatics Centre up for top prize

The Shard and the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park have been shortlisted for architecture's top prize - along with the London School of Economics.

The Shard has been shortlisted for the The Riba Stirling Prize Credit: PA

The shortlist [for the The Riba Stirling Prize] comprises no ordinary new swimming pool, office block, theatre, library or university - they are beautiful, inspiring and transformative new buildings that their communities can relish and be proud of.

All of the buildings are major new additions to an already dense urban fabric in the cities they serve.

They are remarkably crafted buildings and, the closer you look at their detail, both internally and externally, and their materiality, the more impressive they become.

– RIBA President, Stephen Hodder
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