RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) has awarded the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize to Bloomberg’s London office, designed by Foster + Partners.
Believed to be the largest stone building in the City of London since St Paul’s Cathedral, the European HQ has been credited as the world’s most sustainable office, with its design involving unprecedented levels of research, innovation and experimentation. So much so, that some new techniques and details were tested at 1:1 scale before construction.
Comprised of two buildings connected by a bridge, the office takes up an entire city block and encompasses restaurants, access to Bank Underground station, and a museum displaying the Roman Temple of Mithras.
“After vigorous debate, the jury reached a unanimous decision – Bloomberg’s new European HQ is a monumental achievement,” said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire. “The creativity and tenacity of Foster + Partners and the patronage of Bloomberg have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning, but smashed the ceiling. This building is a profound expression of confidence in British architecture – and perfectly illustrates why the UK is the profession’s global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.”
The jury for the 2018 Prize was comprised of Sir David Adjaye OBE (Chair); RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire; 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winner, Alex de Rijke; former Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly CBE and Almacantar Property Director, Kathrin Hersel. Architect Simon Sturgis was appointed as sustainability advisor.