RIBA Stirling Prize 2021 - Mosque front-runner for 'UK's best new Building'

A wooden mosque in Cambridge is tipped to win this years RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK's best new builsing.

The RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. The award is given to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year.

The Cambridge Central mosque is one of approximately 3000 buildings - both legal and illegal - currently being used as an Islamic place of worship and teaching in the UK.

The mosque go head to head with a Cornish footbridge and a cluster of black boatsheds in the Lake District, in this year’s battle for the UK’s best new building.

Joining them in the race for the 2021 Riba Stirling prize are a new student centre for Kingston University, a key worker housing development in Cambridge, and a controversial stone apartment block in London which was almost demolished by the local council.

The mosque has been tipped as most likely to snatch the gong.

Designed by Marks Barfield, architects of the London Eye ferris wheel, the £23m building is  claimed to be 'a fusion of local and Islamic traditions, creating a powerful prototype for what a modern British mosque might be.'


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