Which is the world’s best building ? Vote before the 24th of November and see if your vote matches the decision of the Grand Jury of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Six buildings in different locations across the world have been shortlisted as candidates to win the RIBA International Prize. These six architectural feats have made it to this shortlist after being part of a previous shortlist of 30 stunning buildings selected among hundreds of candidates.
These exceptional and surprising buildings will now be visited by the Grand Jury of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International prize following a strict evaluation process before the winner is announced on Thursday 24th of November 2016. This inaugural edition’s winner will be chosen by a Grand Jury of experts chaired by world renowned architect, Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside.
The main theme that is appraised is how public architecture whichever the shape or form, can intelligently, aesthetically and functionally enhance cities and country sides by contributing to their context and their communities.
“The RIBA International Prize was created to showcase the best new buildings worldwide,” RIBA President, Jane Duncan, said of the list of finalists. “At its heart, the prize celebrates architectural excellence, vision, and the power of great architecture for the public good.”
These are the six buildings that will participate in the last round of votes to decide the winner of this soon to be prestigious international award, in its first edition.
Portuguese architects Menos é Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro created a stunning yet harmonious contrast with this contemporary building within the site of a former 19th Century alcohol and tobacco factory in Ribeira Grande, a town facing the Atlantic on São Miguel, the largest island of the Azores archipelago.
Designed by Philippe Prost, the Ring of Remembrance, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France enlightens and perpetuates the memory of the 579,606 soldiers from all sides who died there in the First World War.
Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan will eclipse any considerations about politics and magnify the raw admiration and pleasure one will feel when beholding such an architectural masterpiece.
In stark contrast with the previous contestant, Stormen, a performing arts and library complex named after the tempestuous weather that lashes the Norwegian city Bodø, is a testament to simple and pure aesthetics. Created by British architects DRDH.
The Universidad de Ingeniería y Technologica in Lima was designed by Dublin’s Grafton Architects.
The last contestant is David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex which can be found in Mexico City’s Nuevo Polanco district.
Update le 9/12/12
And the winner is….:
The RIBA International Prize winner is The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, Peru by Grafton Architects with Shell Arquitectos.
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