MAXXI wins RIBA Stirling Prize

4 October 2010

The bookies were right; Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI won and we are immensely proud that one of our buildings took home this year’s Stirling Prize.

Here is a link to RIBA where you can read the complete review of MAXXI.

There’s one description in the review that we particularly like: ‘The whole is bravely day lit with a sinuous roof of controllable skylights, louvres and beams, whilst at the same time conforming to very strict climate control requirements of modern galleries; the skylights both orientate and excite the visitor, but also turn them into uplifting spaces.’

That describes the challenge and our achievement in MAXXI. We made it possible to make the glass roof work, to get that amount of dynamic daylight at the same time as achieving controlled gallery conditions.

In her acceptance speech Zaha said that one of the main reasons she stays in London is the quality of the engineers here. We should all be very proud of that.

You can read more about our contribution to MAXXI in the downloadable PDF. This was written to illuminate our engineering in the building.

MAXXI is also on the shortlist for World Architecture Festival Awards in Barcelona on 5th November. Fingers crossed for that prize too!