Bloomberg Headquarters, London
Awarded every year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Stirling Prize distinguishes the best works built by British architects or studios in the European Union. In 2018 the award went to the Bloomberg European Headquarters in London. It is the world’s most expensive office building – as well as one of the most sustainable –, which Norman Foster has adapted to the unique features of the densest and most historic part of the City, and that manages to blend seamlessly with its context, as it if were the last layer of this complex palimpsest that is the city of the London. Along with Bloomberg London, the other shortlisted works were Bushey’s Jewish Cemetery, by Waugh Thistleton Architects; Chadwick Hall, in London, by Henley Halebrown; the New Tate St Ives gallery, in Cornwall, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev; the Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, in Cambridge, by MUMA LLP; and, finally, The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, in Oxford, by Niall McLaughlin Architects.