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See the six buildings chosen as the UK's most beautiful new builds

A partly-underground house with a field for a roof will take on artist Damien Hirst’s new London gallery in the competition for the UK’s top architecture award. The two buildings are among six shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Stirling Prize 2016. Here are the six shortlisted buildings that will go head-to-head for architecture’s highest accolade in the UK:

A partly-subterranean house on a sloping plot, Gloucestershire

The concrete house on the Welsh borders, designed for retired artists.
The concrete house on the Welsh borders, designed for retired artists. Image by Outhouse by Loyn & Co

The first private house to feature on the shortlist in 15 years, the house in the Forest of Dean has unexpected spaces, some underground, with a field as the roof.   The judges noted how the architects responded sensitively to the treasured rural position.

An entire street of listed industrial buildings converted into a free public gallery, London 

The Vauxhall gallery is the new home of artist Damien Hirst’s private collection.
The Vauxhall gallery is the new home of artist Damien Hirst’s private collection. Image by Caruso St John Architects

Five buildings, including three Victorian workshops, were joined together seamlessly to give a beautifully curated new street and a home for the Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall.

Bodleian’s Weston Library, Oxford

This Grade II listed building was once rather insular but has been transformed inside by a glazed mezzanine.
This Grade II listed building was once rather insular but has been transformed inside by a glazed mezzanine. Image by WilkinsonEyre

The listed Bodleian’s Weston Library has been opened up  by a bold new glazed mezzanine inside.

A flagship high density housing development on a regenerated site, south London

Trafalgar Place , previously Elephant and Castle’s 1970s Heygate Estate.
Trafalgar Place , previously Elephant and Castle’s 1970s Heygate Estate. Image by dRMM Architects

Trafalgar Place is the result of the first phase of of the redevelopment of  a 1970’s estate. Eight types of brick have been used in the build, each one chosen to reference neighbouring buildings.

Riverside College Campus, Glasgow

Riverside Campus, a new icon on the Glasgow skylines
Riverside Campus, a new icon on the Glasgow skyline.  Image by Michael Laird Architects

The new campus in Glasgow City is anchored by two generous civic spaces, a cloistered garden and grand hall.

A contemporary new building in a conservation area, Oxford

 The Blavatnik School of Government, a contemporary new building in a conservation area.
The Blavatnik School of Government, takes the traditional Oxford quad and tears up the rule book . Image by Herzog & de Meuron

Inside a succession of wide twisting staircases, offset balconies and communal spaces were designed to encourage greater debate and interaction for aspiring civil servants and politicians in Oxford.

The winner of the award will be announced in October.