RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2011 winner
The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA won the prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of international architecture by a member of the RIBA.
A residential skyscraper incorporating outdoor spaces, balconies and gardens, The Met is a sixty-six storey perforate tower which uses the power of nature to cool the apartments. Wind speeds at that height are considerable, so by punching holes through the building and drawing air up vertical voids in the structure, the architects have been able to introduce natural ventilation to flats at all levels. Some of these floors are kept open to provide communal spaces, which include a garden, a gym, a 50 metre swimming pool and other leisure facilities, such as barbecue and seating areas.
The winner of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize was announced at the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011 Dinner in association with The Architects' Journal and Benchmark on 1 October 2011 at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. It was featured in a special edition of BBC Two’s The Culture Show on 2 October 2011.
RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2011 shortlist
2011's prize had a star-studded shortlist of five magnificent new buildings from around the world.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts by Foster + Partners
The Met by WOHA
Masdar Institute by Foster + Partners
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by Rick Mather Architects and SMBW
Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects