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RIBA International Awards Winners Announced


20 May 2010

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
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E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

The UK Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai by Thomas Heatherwick Studios, Timberyard Social Housing in Dublin by O'Donnell & Tuomey and the Anchorage Museum in Alaska by David Chipperfield Architects are the three contenders for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the best international building by an RIBA member.

The RIBA Lubetkin Prize will be presented on the 29 June 2010 at the RIBA in London and is supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). The RIBA International Awards, from which the Lubetkin Prize shortlist is selected, are for practices based outside the UK, building anywhere outside the UK; or for British based practices working outside the EU.

The full list of 12 RIBA International Award winners also announced today is:

Spanish Pavilion, World Expo 2010, Shanghai    China    EMBT       

UK Pavilion, World Expo 2010, Shanghai    China    Thomas Heatherwick Studios       

Herning Museum of Contemporary Art    Denmark    Steven Holl Architects       

Unilever Headquarters, Hamburg    Germany    Behnisch Architects       

Timberyard Social Housing, Dublin    Ireland    O'Donnell & Tuomey       

Bras Basah Mass Rapid Transit Station    Singapore    WOHA       

The Met, Bangkok    Thailand    WOHA       

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Centre, Alaska    USA    David Chipperfield Architects     

Kroon Hall, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Yale University    USA    Hopkins Architects       

Winspear Opera House, Dallas    USA    Foster + Partners       

Carrasco International Airport    Uruguay    Rafael Vinoly Architects       

Villalagos    Uruguay    Kallosturin    

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2. The 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.

3. The RIBA is grateful to UK Trade and Investment for supporting the RIBA Lubetkin Prize presentation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

4. The RIBA Trust manages the cultural assets of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), including the internationally recognised collections of the British Architectural Library. It is the UK’s national architecture centre, delivering the RIBA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize; the Royal Gold Medal; International and Honorary Fellowships and a full programme of lectures, exhibitions, tours and other events; and an education programme.

UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010

Shanghai, China

Architect: Heatherwick Studio

Client: UK Trade & Investment

Contractor: Mace International

Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor

Environmental Engineer: Atelier Ten

Contact Value: £13.5m

Date of Occupation: May 2010

Gross internal area: 1500 sq m

60,000 fibre optic rods each 7.5 meters long, each containing a seed make up the Seed Cathedral. The pavilion showcases Britain as a place worth investing in or visiting. It was also required to be both iconic and practical.

By day it resembles a giant sea urchin whose spines act suck the daylight inside; by night with the light sources activated it glows and entices visitors in.

What is so special about it is the way the outside is carried through to the inside, it’s one idea, one material and all the more powerful for that: the building is its content, thus obviating the common problem of exhibition buildings: nice building, shame about the contents. This is low-tech, colourless and silent: an understated statement about Britain.

Timberyard Social Housing

Cork Street, Dublin, Ireland

Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey

Client: Dublin City Council

Contractor: Townlink Construction

Structural Engineer: Downes Associates

Services Engineer: Buro Happold

Contact Value: €12.5m

Date of Occupation: September 2009

Area: 3807 sq m

When a small tear was made in the urban fabric of Dublin by the construction of the Coombe by-pass, O’Donnell + Tuomey came up with a way of repairing it with a highly modulated wall of housing that is almost Byker-like in its form and impact. The sculptural wall is broken up with deep-set windows or blind cuts, by set-backs to create terraces and by the vertical use of Iroko timber in screens. The building line cranks to hug the street and at ground level and there are built-in granite planters-cum-seats.

The main communal space is an open-ended triangular wedge, passively surveyed by the residents whose flats overlook it. Children can play here happily and safely just metres from a busy main road. These are grown-up spaces to grow up in.

Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center

Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Architect: David Chipperfield Architects

Architect of Record: Kumin Associates

Client: Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center

Contractor: Alcan General

Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Structural Engineer of Record: BBFM Engineers

Services Engineer: Affiliated Engineers NW and RSA Engineering

Facade Consultant: WJ Higgins and Associates

Contact Value: $39, 705,000

Date of Occupation: May 2009

Gross internal area: 8,404 sq m

David Chipperfield Architects’ latest American building, with its vertically fritted mirror glass facade it looks like rectilinear blocks of ice cut from the mountains that loom over the city of Anchorage.

Glass forms an apparently seamless skin, though there are movement joints aplenty, both horizontal and vertical, in this the most seismically active state in the Union. It covers 100% of the facades but is only 30% transparent.

The old building is now connected intimately to the new one at ground and first floor levels so that the displays are given a logical coherence.

Seldom has a new piece of architecture so transformed not only the building it extends and makes sense of, but the city it graces. 


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