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Norman Fosters Bloomberg office in London wins Stirling prize

Oliver Wainwright   /  Source:  The Guardian

One of the most environmentally friendly office buildings ever conceived has been named the winner of the 2018 Stirling prize. The £1.3bn European headquarters for Bloomberg, designed by Foster + Partners, stands in the City of London as a gargantuan temple to gadgetry, its every detail subjected to months of research and development. As the RIBA’s president, Ben Derbyshire, put it, the architects “have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning, but smashed the ceiling”.

It marks the third time that Norman Foster’s practice has won the Stirling prize, having previously taken the accolade for the elliptical hangar of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, in 1998 and the magnificent Gherkin in 2004. Bloomberg was the favourite to win, at 3:1 odds, and it shouldn’t be a surprise: the prize is explicitly awarded to the building that makes “the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture”, and Foster’s high-tech innovations will no doubt influence the future of office design...

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