Mixed reactions as Foster + Partners scoops up Stirling Prize for Bloomberg HQ 11.10.18

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Foster + Partners' £1bn HQ for Bloomberg has picked up the 2018 Stirling Prize, though the reaction from the public has been mixed, writes Rita Lobo

 

Foster + Partners' lavish European headquarters of financial tech and media giant Bloomberg scoop up the top accolade at this year's Stirling Prize

The building's reported sustainable credentials help it beat the competition including Bushey Cemetery and the New Tate St Ives. 

 

 

It's the third time that Foster + Partners are awarded the top prize by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire, said: "After vigorous debate, the jury reached a unanimous decision - Bloomberg's new European HQ is a monumental achievement. 

"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."

However, not everyone agreed with the decision made by the RIBA jury, which was chaired this year by Sir David Adjaye. Here are some reactions.

 

 

Though not everyone was dismayed by the result. 

 

 

And Olly Wainwright had a unique take, indeed.

 

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