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Evelyn Grace Academy wins Stirling Prize

3rd October 2011

The 2011 Stirling Prize has been won by the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The prize is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) and the victory means Hadid has now won it two years in a row, after triumphing in 2010 for the Maxxi contemporary art museum in Rome.

Riba president Angela Brady said the design of the academy was 'imaginative' and 'expertly inserted into an extremely tight site', with some of the space-saving features including a 100m running track between the two school blocks.

'The Evelyn Grace Academy is an exceptional example of what can be achieved when we invest carefully in a well-designed new school building,' Ms Brady added.

The building beat off stiff competition from a shortlist including the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, and the favourite for the award, the Olympic Velodrome in London.

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