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2. For further information contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office, 020 7307 3813 or email@example.com
3. Citations for the three RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlisted buildings follow:
Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Architect: Wilkinson Eyre
Landscape Architects: Grant Associates
Client: National Parks Board
Structural Engineers: Atelier One
Environmental Engineers: Atelier Ten
Contractor: Who Hup Pte Ltd
Completion date: June 2012
Gross internal area: 20280 sq m
The Gardens by the Bay are an outstanding example of sustainability in action, not only representing best practice but also communicating important messages about these issues to a wide public.
Two contrasting glasshouses covering more than two hectares (making them the biggest climate-controlled greenhouses in the world) feature a dry Mediterranean climate in the shallow inverted bowl, and a cooler, moist environment in the conical structure complete with a ‘mountain’ down which a waterfall descends, raising humidity levels and supporting the lush vertical planting – and a helical walk that winds in and out of a series of exhibitions about climate change.
Both biomes comprise a superstructure of radial steel ribs paired with a steel gridshell forming the substructure. Low-energy glass lets in 64% of the light but admits only 38% of the corresponding solar gain.
Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Client: Soho China
Contractor: China Construction First Building (Group) Corp Ltd
Completion date: Oct 2012
Gross internal area: 370000 sq m
Zaha Hadid Architects has not worked on a shopping centre before, but Galaxy Soho represents a welcome democratisation of her work. Situated on the second of ten ring-roads that girdle and define the sprawling capital city and with an in-built link to the Metro system, this development is distinctly urban rather suburban, civic as much as it is commercial. Its creation of public space at lower ground level with well-detailed seating and fountains demonstrates a rare generosity in a country determined to out-do the west in terms of commercialisation.
By breaking the building’s mass into four flowing asymmetric domes of varying height the design gets light into the deep-plan floor-plates. Each structure encloses a glazed atrium around which the internal circulation is arranged. Flowing bands of white aluminium and glass give the development an almost geological solidity and presence.
Via Verde – The Green Way, Bronx, NYC
Landscape Architect: Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects
Client: Jonathan Rose Companies & The Phipps Houses Group
Contractor: Lettire Construction
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
Services Engineer: Ettinger Engineering Associates
Completion date: July 2012
Gross internal area: 30007 sq m
Via Verde is a pathfinder project in so many ways: the first ever architectural design competition for social housing in New York City, with a brief that called for a highly sustainable building that would support and encourage healthy living, from the use of stairs to the growing of vegetables on its green roofs; a successful pattern of mixed tenure unique in New York; and finally a design concept that could be rolled out in further housing projects across the Five Boroughs.
Grimshaw’s hi-tech heritage serves the project well – the solar arrays look perfectly at home with the aesthetic of prefabricated panels, metal window frames and balconies and wood panel accents used in the tower, the apartment block and the townhouses. This is an imaginative and highly popular scheme.
4. The RIBA Lubetkin Prize is named in honour of Berthold Lubetkin, the Georgia-born architect who worked in Paris before coming to London in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group. He is best known for the two Highpoint apartment blocks in Highgate and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. The Lubetkin Prize winner is presented with a unique bronze plaque, based loosely on Lubetkin’s design for the Penguin Pool. It has been commissioned by the RIBA and designed and made by the artist Petr Weigl.
5. To enter for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize the architect must be an RIBA member building outside the EU.
6. The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. www.architecture.com @RIBA