In late May, the Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux played its first home game at its new stadium. In the design for the 829,790-square-foot structure, the Basel, Switzerland–based architecture firm chose to forgo a conventional façade and construct an open-air form that suggests the function within.
Iwan Baan Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in France, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron was named this year's recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects's (RIBA) Jencks Award, given to a firm or person who "has made a recent significant, simultaneous contribution to the theory and practice of architecture." The award was established in 2003 using funds donated by writer and landscape architect Charles Jencks.

"While a recognisable attitude runs through the work, and a commitment to intelligent design, it is the creative flexibility which stands out above other practices today," Jencks said about the firm, in a RIBA press release.

The Jencks Award includes £1,000 (about $1,568) in prize money. The recipient also gives a lecture at RIBA, which Herzog & de Meuron will deliver on Oct. 29. Past recipients of the Jencks Award include Benedetta Tagliabue; Rem Koolhaas, Hon. FAIA; Eric Owen Moss, FAIA; Steven Holl, FAIA; Charles CorreaWolf Prix, Hon. FAIA; Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos; Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA; Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid MoussaviPeter Eisenman, FAIA; and Cecil Balmond.

The jury for this year's award included: Charles Jencks; RIBA president Stephen Hodder, Hon. AIA; Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones, Architectural Association School of Architecture director Brett Steele, and RIBA's director of education David Gloster (the chair).

For information and images on Herzog & de Meuron's work, visit ARCHITECT's Project Gallery.