Marks Barfield Architects Shortlisted For RIBA Stirling Prize
OP Ian Rudolph (Class of 1988) shared the exciting news that his practice, Marks Barfield Architects, has been shortlisted as a 2021 contender for the RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award given to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year for the evolution of architecture and the built environment.
Described by the Guardian as a ‘mesmerising wooden mosque’ and a ‘photogenic stunner’ the Cambridge Central Mosque is tipped as the most likely to win this year’s prize.
Capable of welcoming 1,000 worshippers but constructed within a low rise, residential neighbourhood, the defining internal characteristic of the mosque are the timber ‘trees’ which form the structural support for the roof and roof lights. The building is stunningly beautiful, the timber ‘trees’, so powerfully evocative of nature, are both uplifting and peaceful and provide a truly inspiring place of worship.
We offer our congratulations to Ian and his partners and wish them the very best of luck for next Thursday 14 October when the winner of this year’s award will be announced.
You can find out more about the Cambridge Central Mosque on the Awards pages on RIBA’s website here: https://www.architecture.com/awards-and-competitions-landing-page/awards/riba-regional-awards/riba-east-award-winners/2021/cambridge-central-mosque
You can read the Guardian Article on the Stirling Prize shortlist in full here: Stirling prize shortlist: from mosque stunner to neo-neolithic flats | Stirling prize | The Guardian
You can watch the BBC News Channel's short report here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfcBq5VKEgU