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Two Oxford University buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.

Blavatnik School of Government
Blavatnik School of Government

Image: Blavatnik School of Government

Among six nominees are the Blavatnik School of Government, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and the Weston Library, designed by WilkinsonEyre. Both projects were carried out by the University's Estates Services.

In the official announcement about the shortlist, the Prize team described the appearance of two projects from one institution on the list as “unprecedented”.

They said: 'The Blavatnik School of Government, a contemporary new building in a conservation area takes the traditional Oxford quad and tears up the rule book; Herzog & de Meuron have created a succession of wide twisting staircases, offset balconies and communal spaces that encourage greater debate and interaction for aspiring civil servants and politicians. 

'Elsewhere in Oxford, WilkinsonEyre have opened up the Bodleian’s Weston Library to the world. This Giles Gilbert Scott grade II listed gem was once rather insular but has been transformed by a bold new glazed mezzanine to reveal to the public the treasures contained inside.'

Read more on the University website (opens new window)