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tv   Britains Best New Building  BBC News  November 4, 2017 2:30pm-3:01pm GMT

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and icing showers on that globe? showers are the story at across the western half through tonight. but there is dry weather as well. we started with dry weather in the east, beautiful skies and shanshan feng the west. as we go through the afternoon we will clear the rain away from the south—east, it will be away from the south—east, it will be a struggle to break the cloud up. but further west we will seek sunnier skies. temperatures are struggling, seven in belfast and we will seek showers coming in. when she of a higher ground in scotland, but further east it is largely dry with clear skies, that the temperatures are dropping away overnight, particularly in the east where the wind is lightest. but we must outwit some showers, they will fade away as the day goes on, temperatures will travel even in the middle of the afternoon, 7—11. for
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bonfire night itself tomorrow night, it will turn very chilly with a touch of frost. that is all for now. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines: labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has called on all the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. when all the political parties meet, my view is that there should be an element of independence in there, particularly for support as well so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with. the conservative mp charlie elphicke has been suspended by the party after it said "serious allegations" had been passed to the police. he denies any wrongdoing. police in new york say they have a viable case against the hollywood producer harvey weinstein after an actress accused him of raping
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her seven years ago. mr weinstein has denied allegations of non—consensual sex. a report by 13 us federal agencies has concluded that humans are the dominant cause of global warming. the white house has downplayed the conclusions. now on bbc news, david sillito reports on the shortlisted buildings, including the winner, for this year's riba stirling prize, one of the most prestigious awards in architecture. six startling buildings, and behind each one, a story of people, problems and some 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,
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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 shortlist, really does mark out our contribution to that territory. whoa! look at that! city of dreams. it's like walking into the gates of heaven. it looks seriously so dope. it looks so cool. and it's tremendous fun, it's like a haven of quietness
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and freedom and madness. it'sjust brilliant, for me it's excellent. wow! blimey. i think what's unique about this building is it's 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. 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,
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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 out 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 over the last few years had a habit of burning down. it gets you in here. you just think, why? you were here when it burnt down? i was. people that i had never spoken to before were stopping me to talk about the pier, and everybody was devastated. it was quite frightening
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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. the hot sun and the tang of the sea have done theirjob. but the history of the british pier is all too often a history of recurring disaster. twisted i work and scattered timbers, all that remains. this is the 15th appear to be burnt out this summer. the 15th appear to be burnt out this summer. let's hope it will be the last. my parents met in the ballroom
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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 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
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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. 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
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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. we didn't have enough money during the reconstruction to replace everything, so we are constantly repairing, tightening up nuts and bolts. nowadays you would build it out of concrete and steel. yes.
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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 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
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of civic dignity. but before we look at the full details of here, two other 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 and several gardens, so somewhere where lots of different types of shoots can happen in a very natural setting. juergen used 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,
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there is a very private inner 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. that 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. 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
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at the dockyard were to 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, 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.
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a year later, we invited her back to take us on a tour. 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,
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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. 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,
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is this a college kitchen?! 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.
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essentially they wanted to create a world conservation and exhibition centre for the whole of the museum campus. this is really a celebration 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.
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we are in the middle of stoke newington in hackney 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?
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it is known as cross laminated timber, so it is a super sized form of plywood. jumbo plywood! 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
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using the technology. they're getting very excited about timber. on the continent they've been using solid timber 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 of 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?
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as chair of thejury, i congratulate every single one of this year's finalists. 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
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a good feeling? it's a fantastic feeling, not only personally but on behalf of a great many people who worked on this project. 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 cloying 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 1870s, it was described as the peerless
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pier, a masterpiece of victorian engineering. but like so many others, it has faced the ups and downs of fires, storm and changing fashions. yet, 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?
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oh, i love it. it'sjust so peaceful. it isa it is a little bit chilly for a stroll down the pier this weekend i expect. we have some rain to clear away, it was a soggy start to this weather watcher in derby shire. it is the second anniversary of bbc weather watchers today, so thank you for the pictures you have sent in. both the cloudy once and for the brighton ones. some showers are feeding in from scotland. also in northern ireland and the western fringes of england and wales. some of these are heavy, they could be
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some thunder with hail and some sleet and snow over the high ground of scotland, because things are turning colder. it will be seven in glasgow by the end of the afternoon, 11 in london and it will be a struggle to get rid of the cloud in the far south—east before sundown. prepare fray chilly one if you're heading out tonight. eastern scotla nd heading out tonight. eastern scotland is dry, but western scotla nd scotland is dry, but western scotland with showers and also into northern ireland. some showers are trickling across north—west england, merseyside and into the north midlands. much of eastern england is try. 10 degrees in london at seven o'clock. lots of showers alone in on a brisk north—westerly wind, it will stay windy in the west and particularly the southwest tonight. plenty of showers feeding in across the western half of the country. he still be largely dry with clear spells. a chilly night everywhere, but weather wings fall lightest, thatis but weather wings fall lightest, that is where we could see a touch of frost. tomorrow, is a cool. four.
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there will be shunned showers through the morning, but they tend to ease away as we get into the afternoon. most of this will end the day dry and fine. wendy to the north—east, and these are the afternoon highs. that is the best we can expect. as soon as the sun goes down on sunday night, of course bonfire night, the temperatures were head down as well. that frost is particularly developing in central and eastern areas as we head to the hours of early monday morning. if you are out then, the decree in the central and east, expect frost. but it will also be fairly bright, spells of sunshine, cloud streaming in from the west through the day. it is bringing a slow—moving band of rain into scotland and northern ireland. but the temperatures are going upa ireland. but the temperatures are going up a little bit. for the time being, my works tonight will be
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chilly, mostly dry but showers in the west. this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 3: labour's shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, calls on all the main political parties to agree a new independent system to tackle sexual harassment at westminster. when all the political parties meet, my view is that there should be an element of independence in there, particularly for support as well so people can feel confident about where they can report these things and at the same time how it can be dealt with. the conservative mp for dover, charlie elphicke, denies any wrongdoing after being suspended by the party over serious allegations. police in new york say they are investigating a credible allegation of rape against the film producer, harvey weinstein. us climate scientists clash with donald trump as a major report says human activity is driving global warming.
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