Stirling Prize

Oliver Wainwright’s Grauniad article on the Stirling Prize was spot on.

I shouldn’t like to be awarded the Stirling Prize, for I spent far too much time in the Stirling building that is Cambridge University’s History Faculty.  Here it is in its full horror.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:History_Faculty_University_of_Cambridge.jpg
The building is unimaginative, inefficient and unfit for purpose.  The library certainly has a lot of natural light, but it’s also boiling in the summer and freezing in the winter, and rather like being in a prison, overlooked by the gallery-corridors of each floor.  The heating bills must be enormous, but not much heat gets to the inhabitants.

The Stirling Prize rather sums up modern architecture:  clever dicks masturbating while other people have to deal with their egotistical white elephants.

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