A major extension to the Manchester School of Art by FCBStudios has been selected as one of six projects shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architectural prize presented to the architects of a building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year.
Keith Bradley, Senior Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said “The shortlisting of the Manchester School of Art for the Stirling Prize is for us a great acknowledgement of our work with an inspirational client - The Dean of the Art School and the Vice Chancellor of the University were an intrinsic part of the Creative Team that has delivered radical new approach to Arts teaching and learning. The resulting building is about facilitating the Arts by choreographing spaces that enable a culture of creative interaction between disciplines around dedicated and shared Studio Spaces. It also acts as a Showcase and Gallery for the Arts, particular as it transforms into Exhibition Space for the End of Year Show. Physically the Art School is an interpretation of the Arts and Crafts traditions of the material and making upon which the School was founded in the 19th Century.”
David Crow, Dean of Faculty and Pro-Vice-Chancellor said “We are really delighted with the news that Manchester School of Art has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. The starting point for this project was to design a 21st Century art school. The University encouraged the school to take a bold approach which we think will be a reference point for future art schools. We wanted to challenge convention and create a place that would encourage cross disciplinary working, team projects and a more open and social approach to learning. Our Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley have done a wonderful job of interpreting this vision and have worked very closely with our staff team to deliver a first class building that helps us to rethink our working practices.”
The RIBA Sterling prize winner will be announced on the 16th of October.