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tv   Britains Best New Building  BBC News  November 5, 2017 12:30am-1:01am GMT

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a ballistic missile fired from neighbouring yemen. a loud explosion was heard near the international airport in the saudi capital riyadh. there are no reports of injuries. meanwhile an anti—corruption commission headed by a powerful saudi prince is reported to have detained numerous princes and ministers. it's thought to be part of a major purge. iran has denied accusations that it is destabilising lebanon. the claims were made by the lebanese prime minister, who announced his resignation earlier. saad hariri says he stood down because his life is in danger. a us historian says he's been told by both former president bushes that neither of them voted for donald trump in last year's election. the older bush is said to have voted for democrat hillary clinton, while his son apparently abstained. now on bbc news it's time for britain's best new building. six startling buildings, and behind each one, the story of people, problems and some
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beautiful solutions. all competing for the biggest prize in british architecture. the stirling prize. what are you looking for? we are looking for the very highest level of architectural achievement. what we're doing here is celebrating civitas, the idea that cities have a role in bringing together the social, economic and cultural well—being of their citizens, and i think these buildings, this short list, really does i think mark out our contribution to that territory. look at that! city of dreams. it's like walking into the gates of heaven.
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it looks seriously so dope. it looks so cool. and its tremendous fun, it's like a haven of quietness and freedom and madness. it'sjust brilliant, for me it's excellent. wow! blimey. i think what's unique about this building is it a strikingly modern building in a very sensitive conservation environment. i love this building because it reflects so many elements of the historic dockyard. when the fire happened, people were so devastated, people just felt like they had to do something to help.
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lavender, very nice. there is a touch of the english country cottage garden about all of this, the wickerwork, the old handles, but looks can be deceiving, because this is actually a very modern brick built block of flats. but inside, there is a surprise, because this is one of six buildings nominated for this year's stirling building of the year. and over the next half an hour, we will be looking at all of them and working at quite why they have been nominated, at the end, we will find out who has won. but first, a look at a much loved building, one that needs to be reinvented for the 21st—century, but has the last few years had a habit of burning down. it gets you in here. you just think, why?
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you were here when it burnt down? i was. people that had never spoken to before were stopping me to talk about the pier, and every body was devastated. it was quite frightening to think how people would come back from that. did you think it was all over? i did, but actually it was the opposite. the victorian pier, a part of the seaside. but the history of the british pier is all too often a history of recurring disaster. scattered timbers, all the remains of worthing pier.
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my parents met in the ballroom on the pier, so i class myself as a pier baby. and this is where the pier ballroom used to be. i don't know how this works. you need a man as well, you see. you want me to waltz with you, don't you? i don't think we are going to make strictly, are we? i didn't see it at the time, i saw it the next day
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when it was smoking and smouldering, and you just think, why? very emotional. and to think that it happened, but in some ways, i think it was a blessing in disguise, because we've been able to go forward with this beautiful structure, and i'm not sure whether if it hadn't been for the fire that we would have come this far. seven years on, gill and thousands of others in the town now own the pier, and have overseen the reinvention of an old friend. this curtain of glass finally gives the people of hastings a panoramic view out to sea. the woodwork here is still the original timber, there are still some scorch marks.
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but the most important innovation is this. nothing. what they chose not to build. the empty space. there is no end of the pier. building a pier, it's a bit of a mad idea, isn't it? it's bonkers, yes. and that's what's so brilliant about it, is nobody in their right mind would build a pier out of a material which is going to be dissolved where it stands. you are fighting a losing battle everyday? absolutely, and we will need to keep on replacing parts everyday. it gets worn, it gets worn away.
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we didn't have enough money during the reconstruction to replace everything, so we are constantly repairing, tidying up nuts and bolts. nowadays you would build it out of concrete and steel. yes. you're going to put your finger on the one thing that makes it so special, the design, what would it be? space. you don't get a vision of the pier until you get out the far end, and you see this horizon to horizon, and you say, now i get it. you look at it from above and you say, so what? you get out there and you go, aha, now i understand, and you have to be there to see it. so, hastings pier, flexibility, designed to last long into the future, and also involving the community. and all those things
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also apply here, another of the stirling nominees, this is the city of glasgow college, and this is the central atrium. what's it all about? they wanted a bit of wow factor, the cinderella of british education, they wanted to give it a bit of civic dignity. but before we look at the full details of here, two of the buildings of this year's stirling nominees. essentially, juergen wanted a studio, a place to work. that means quite a few things, shooting photographs, making books, making exhibitions as well as obviously lots of people, so really that's where the idea of several buildings in several gardens, so somewhere where lots of different types of shoots can happen
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in a very natural setting. juergen wanted to share his home with the studio. we wanted this new building to have the same moments of intimacy, so he still has the kitchen table which is where he does meet clients and where he works, there is a library, sauna, gym, there is a very private in a world to the studio, and there is a big studio where he lays out and does shoot things, then there is the public building at the front which has different collaborators and staff and an archive. there is equality between garden and internal space, all the way through the building, that is a beautiful part of it. but reduced palette that has texture but allows it to be the background and allows his photography to be the foreground. there is a sort of quality of light both within and in the gardens which is almost archaic, and i think that that makes an amazing setting for the kind of work thatjuergen does.
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i'm using every single centimetre of the space, and i photograph every bit of it, and it is tremendous fun, it is like a haven of quietness and freedom and madness. it is just brilliant. for me, it's excellent. so, the three major challenges at the dockyard would exhibit the ships' timbers, to build 21st—century visitor facilities, and to provide gallery spaces which told the story of the dockyard in the age of sailing,
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and we managed to do this by introducing a new building into the dockyard which allowed for the communication and circulation of visitors around the galleries. as an example of why i like this building, it acts as a real beacon for visitors. for me, the building is very special because we've managed to find a way to respond to a very sensitive historic setting with an architecture that is quite robust and allows the buildings around it to speak. i love this building because it reflects so many elements of the historic dockyard, and in those modern reflections, it unlocks the stories that are contained within the original buildings. wow, look at that.
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city of dreams. it is so cool. it has got lights. notjust regular lights, purple lights. it looks awesome. it smells so new. there is a costa! i would have preferred a starbucks, but costa is better than nothing. this film was made by a student, kimberley hawk, capturing her reactions on seeing the new college. a year later, we invited her back to take us on a tour.
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it is like hidden surprises, still places that halfway through my course i wasjust discovering upon. i think it is really great that they have hidden these little secret gems all over the college. in here is the salon, and also the market where they have the bakery. wow. it's so incredible, and i think that's what every student feels when they walk in here for the first time, it has a wow factor to it, and it here for the students, you know? from the outside, we wanted something that had a very strong civic presence, that had an elegance. it's built on a hill, so we wanted it to accentuate that. we wanted to put this building up on a pedestal.
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we wanted to say, here in glasgow, this is the building that we think the college deserves. one of the things that we were trying to do was to make a place that would be equally attractive to young people as the shopping mall or the park corner, a place that would allow their social lives to exist as well as receive their education. you wanted it to be fun? yes, to make a place that can let people enjoy what they're doing, and be proud of it. did it work? we will meet 17—year—old catering student lee christie. my favourite kitchen. this is the best kitchen in the college itself. when i walked into this kitchen, i was like, is this a college kitchen?!
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it's like walking into the gates of heaven. you walk in, it's open. well, the museum had a very complex ao—year master plan for the site, a lot of it to do with supplementing the front of house experience, adding conservation and science and logistics, and a lot of these were challenges left over on the museum compound from a work that is being evolving for 250 years, so what we did was we spent a tremendous amount of time with the museum understanding their wants and needs to try to respond to the brief. essentially they wanted to create a world conservation and exhibition centre for the whole of the museum campus. this is really a celebration
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of all of the background work that maintains this collection and studies it appropriately. and it also creates a fantastic vehicle within which the wider world contributions and exchanges can exist. the building is a state—of—the—art facility for conservation and scientific research, it has helped to bring all of those staff together to work together, and it has helped us to design new laboratory services to better understand the collection and communicate it to the wider public. what is striking about this building is that it is a great environment, and by the end of the process here, i felt like i worked here rather than the partners. we are in the middle of stoke newington in hackney
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surrounded by these fairly straightforward and victorian and edwardian redbrick terraces. and then we get this almost cartoonish apartments. so where are the bins? this is very cleverly disguising the bike store on the one side and the bins on the other, the sorts of things usually left out. lets see what it looks like inside. i love these sorts of things. this is all the stuff that is usually causing a blight on the outside, nicely hidden away. exactly. this is not what i was expecting. it's a sea of wood. it is a bit like entering a kind of sauna. this is plywood, is it? it is known as cross laminated timber, so it is a super sized form of plywood. john boehner plywood!
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exactly, it allows buildings to go up to ten or more stories. there is still a lot of wood, isn't there? is this a door, do you think? that's the game in this house. cupboard or extra bedroom? the washing machine! it's hidden away. it's a celebration of the beauty of wood. there is no plaster, no paint, not even a skirting board, and a factory built wooden kit makes construction quicker and cheaper. the basic structure can go up in a few days. architects are even looking at building skyscrapers using the technology. they're getting very excited about timber. on the continent they've been using solid timber
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construction for so long, it's shown to be good, cheaper, much more environmentally friendly. to me, it's the future of housing. so, all we need now is a winner, which is why we're here. this is it, the royal institute of british architects stirling prize, the biggest night of british architecture. the announcement will come in the next few minutes, but the question is, how do you compare the big show off projects against much smaller, detailed but still carefully crafted buildings? well, it's all about the art of architecture. which one of them has taken that art and pushed it forward and solved human problems in a different way? as chair of thejury, i congratulate every single one of this year's finalists.
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truly remarkable buildings, designed and built perfectly for the people that they serve. the winner of the 2017 riba stirling prize for architecture is hastings pier by drmm. cheering congratulations. please come and join us. please come and join us on the stage. you can't do interesting projects, special projects, without a special client, and i would say hastings pier charity are up there amongst the most special, even eccentric, clients you would ever meet. cheering a good feeling? it's a fantastic feeling, not only personally but on behalf of a great many people who worked on this project.
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it's not a normal project for an architect at all? absolutely. it was initiated by local community group who kick—started an effort to save a derelict pier which then caught fire and then had to be completely rethought, so it was a long process, seven years of thinking and drawing and proposing, and to now come here and be recognised not just as a kind of community driven project but as a design, that is fantastic. when it was opened in the 18705, it was described as the peerless pier, a masterpiece of victorian engineering. but like so many others, it has faced the ups and downs of fires,
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storm and changing fashions. yes, 145 years on, it is now britain's best new building. just perhaps, hastings pier can offer an example to others of new hope, new future, a new possibility for the british pier. what are your thoughts looking out on this now? oh, i love it. it'sjust so peaceful.
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after the rain cleared through on saturday afternoon, cold bright conditions moved in place but plenty of showers rattled in from the north—west. through the course of the night, a showery one across western areas. thunder and hail and further east it has been dry with clear spells. we start sunday morning on a chilly note. generally speaking it will be dry, drier than saturday. plenty of sunshine but noticeably cold in all areas. we start sunday off with some of the showers across western areas. they will slowly fizzle away into the afternoon and become more confined to western and south—western and eastern coastal areas. many places dry but cold, eight, 10 degrees.
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they will be struggling. as we head towards bonfire night though, temperatures will be falling. you can see that blue hue there across scotland. a few showers for the northern coast, a few through the north channel. there will be some showers across the east coast. for most places it will be dry for bonfire night. but cold and you may well need to wrap up warm. a few showers around the channel islands as well. as we head further on into sunday night it turns even colder. you can see these blue colours across the north, extending south. some places potentially seeing lows down to —5, —6 degrees. it could be a misty and cold start for monday with frost around. the ridge of high pressure, that brings fine weather on sunday and monday morning ebbs away and allows this to push it off the atlantic, bringing in thickening cloud, strengthening wind and cold
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start on monday but dry with plenty of sunshine. the sunshine diminishes from the west as the weather front moves in that will stay bright across east anglia and the south—east. spots of rain developing across the west of britain and persistent heavy rains in northern and western parts of scotland. it will be milder but cold. for tuesday, a messy picture. the weather front will continue eastwards and heavy persistent rain as it travels eastwards. mild but turning cold again across the north and west with sunshine and showers. on into wednesday, we are between weather systems. at clear from the south—east in the cold clear conditions in its wake with more wind and rain pushing into the north and west later on. hello, and welcome to bbc news. there's been a major purge in the government in saudi arabia. ten royal princes, among them, several senior ministers,
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as well as dozens of former ministers, have been detained in a campaign to stamp out corruption. crown prince mohammed bin salman, who's in charge of the new anti—corruption committee, appears to have sidelined powerful rivals. it seems the heads of the saudi national guard and navy have been replaced. we'll bring you more on that as we get it. we stay in saudi arabia, because state media there says the military has shot down a missile over the capital,
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