Friday, October 5, 2007



UK / Channel 4 / 65 minutes / Saturday 6 October @ 8.00pm

Which building will win the year's most prestigious award in UK architecture? Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud hosts live coverage of the RIBA Stirling Prize announcement from the Roundhouse in Camden, North London. The architect who designed the winning building will be announced live and will walk away with a £20,000 prize. Kevin pays each of the six short-listed buildings a visit to discover their stories. He meets the people who use them as well as those who built them, finding out about the challenges the architects faced in turning their designs into reality.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize will be chosen by a team of judges: Tom Bloxham MBE, chair of Urban Splash, Alain de Botton, author and philosopher, Louisa Hutton, architect, Kieran Long, editor of The Architects' Journal , and Sunand Prasad, architect and RIBA president-elect. Previous winners of the title include 30, St Mary Axe, London and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Last year's winner was Barajas Airport in Madrid. But which design will the judges single out as having made the most significant impact in architecture this year? The selection, as ever, is broad and includes a modern theatre, a redeveloped railway station and a museum of modern literature. This year's nominees are the America's Cup Building in Valencia, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the Dresden Station Redevelopment, the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar, the Savill Building in Windsor and the Young Vic Theatre in London.

Produced and Directed by Ned Williams