But Brighton's Jubilee Library is favourite for architects' top honour.
The Jubilee Library in Brighton has been named by William Hill as favourite to win the £20,000 Stirling prize, with Holyrood given 5-1 odds to scoop the award. Now in its 10th anniversary year, the Royal Institute of British Architects award is given to the architects of a building that has, in the judges' view, made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past 12 months.
This year’s nominees are:
1. BMW Central Building, Leipzig, Germany - Zaha Hadid Architects (odds: 4-1)
2. Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland – O’Donnell + Tuomey (odds: 3-1)
3. The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh - EMBT / RMJM Ltd (odds: 5-1)
4. McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, Surrey - Foster and Partners (odds: 4-1)
5. Jubilee Library, Brighton, Sussex - Bennetts Associates with Lomax Cassidy + Edwards (odds: 5-2, the favourite)
6. Fawood Children’s Centre, Harlesden, NW10 - Alsop Design Ltd (odds: 5-1)
Professor Jeremy Till, chair of the RIBA Awards Group, said: "I’m delighted that we have such a range and quality of projects to choose a winner from. It’ll be no easy task. We have a national parliament building competing with a children’s centre, a library with a factory for making cars, and yet they all share one quality: true architectural excellence."
The winner will be announced on October 15.