Ms Rotterdam in the Norwegian fjords.
The winner of Britain's most prestigious prize for architecture is revealed...
The RIBA Stirling prize 2012 is THE biggie in the architectural world and in keeping with the rest of the great year that Britain has had, the shortlist for the accolade is, well, a very British one. Beatrice Cooke from RIBA said: "What’s interesting is that all these architects are at the top of their game. Their work is refined not flashy. There's no gimmicky 'look at me' features for the sake of it, and all of them take into account how individual people will experience and enjoy it."
Unfortunately, some of these buildings - for example, the private residences - can't be visited but several can be.We've included the shortlist and a few of our favourites from the original entry list. But the million dollar question is: which building pipped the others to the top spot?
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Of the 21 structures shown,3 are not in the UK and the remaining 18 are in the UK not just Britain.
...My favourites in London are Big Ben and Tower Bridge,both when lit at night-time and in Birmingham: Alpha Tower;The Cube,Selfridges,the Raddison Tower and the Hyatt hotel.