Then there’s the Wales Institute of Sustainable Education by Pat Borer and David Lea, a work of ingenuity and rammed earth in an old slate quarry. Its inclusion would have been an opportunity to recognise architects outside the London orbit of fashion and schmoozery.
Yet there was no place for serious environmental architecture, in the form of Pat Borer and David Lea’s universally praised Wise Building at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.
Oliver Wainwright writing in the Telegraph commented:
It seems the Stirling Prize has become about paying lip service to the safe and generic, rather than celebrating the truly innovative or joyful. Where is the fun of MVRDV’s Balancing Barn, or the drama of Foster & Partners’ Faustino winery, or the experimental ingenuity of David Lea and Pat Borer’s Wise building at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales?