Astley Castle wins this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize
Astley Castle, a groundbreaking modern holiday home inserted into the crumbling walls of an ancient moated castle, in Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann Architects has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 for the best building of the year. Now in its 18th year, the RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize.
The presentation of the RIBA Stirling Prize trophy to Witherford Watson Mann Architects took place at a special ceremony on Thursday 26 September at Central Saint Martins, King’s Cross, London.
Two incarnations of the Stirling Prize trophy have been presented to winners since 1996. Placed side by side they would bear an uncanny, though according to designer Morag Myerscough, unconscious resemblance to the Twin Towers. The trophy is held by the winning architects for one year with the name of their practice and winning building engraved on it. When space on the first trophy ran out, Myerscough designed a new and subtly different trophy.