RIBA Stirling Prize winner 2001 - Magna
Wilkinson Eyre Architects have transformed this former steel works in Rotherham into a science adventure centre. The black-painted exterior is no preparation for the interior, a dramatic and colourful display that tells the story of steel.
The shell of the building and much of the original machinery have been retained to give visitors a picture of how the steel works operated. In addition, four new pavilions are housed in the shell of the old building, each corresponding to one of the four elements defined by Aristotle: earth, fire, water and air. These pavilions contain exhibits relating to these themes and their subject matter is reflected in the shapes and materials used.
Magna is the venue for the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner.