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A Reflection of the UK Housing Crisis

As you may have heard, this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize has just been announced. As Olly Wainwright reports for the Guardian, the variety of buildings reflect the extremes apparent in today’s housing crisis.

Some of London’s most expensive flats will go head to head with a social housing scheme in the same city, all in a bid to be awarded the title of ‘Building of the Year’.

One of the entries is the glass towers of Neo Bankside, designed by Roger Stirk Harbour & Partners, stand true to the capital’s housing market, with penthouses available for sale from £22 million. Meanwhile, a block of flats by Niall McLaughlin stand further east, blending in seamlessly with a surrounding 1870’s housing estate.

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Both have been claimed as potential worthy winners having made ‘the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture’.

For 2015, the final six buildings are relatively subdued with no extravagant buildings. Quality and nostalgia shine through in the way the buildings are made, showing true to the times in which they were designed.

To read Olly Wainwright’s full article, visit: www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/16/stirling-prize-2015-uk-housing-crisis