London’s Olympic stadium makes Stirling Prize shortlist

The London Olympic Stadium, designed by Doha Stadium architect Populous, has made the six-strong shortlist of the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize.

It is the first time that stadium specialist Populous has been nominated for the prestigious UK award.

Commenting on the building, the jury stated: “There is a spirit of fun – the design team has designed a space to create an amazing atmosphere, where every seat has a great view.”

Populous collaborated with Aedas on the design of Doha Stadium, a key venue for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

The five other buildings to make the shortlist are The Hepworth Wakefield by David Chipperfield Architects, Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams, The Lyric Theatre by O’Donnell + Tuomey, New Court by OMA and Maggie’s Centre by OMA.

The winner of the 17th RIBA Stirling Prize will be announced on 13 October 2012.