- The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has drawn up the list from 20 countries around the world
- Last year RIBA awarded its Stirling Prize for best building in Britain to a school in south London
- RIBA’s Jane Duncan said the prize was an ‘obvious next step’ considering their international reputation
- The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Lord Rogers, in December 2016
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is often said, and never more so than when it comes to buildings.
Thirty buildings have been nominated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its inaugural RIBA International Prize but some people will consider them ugly.
They range from a kindergarten in Vietnam to a mosque in Turkey and more than 20 countries are represented on the list.
Every year RIBA presents the Stirling Prize for the best building in the UK and last year it was awarded to Burntwood School in Wandsworth, south London.
But RIBA’s president Jane Duncan said: ‘We have an international reputation so it’s an obvious next step to introduce a prize that rewards the best architecture in the world.’
A panel of judges led by Lord Rogers (Richard Rogers) will choose the winner, who will be announced in December.
The Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, was designed by Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid, who died earlier this year. The cultural centre, which hosts concerts and exhibitions, is named after the former President of Azerbaijan
PARKROYAL on Pickering is a hotel in the heart of Singapore. The hotel, which opened in 2013, has 15,000 square metres of ‘skygardens’, expanses of lush greenery and cascading plants that run along balconies and walkways across four floors
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies is an academic building in the centre of the Qatari capital, Doha. Qatar is currently undergoing a massive building boom, driving by oil wealth and the 2022 football World Cup
There are 960 apartments in Sky Terrace, an apartment complex in the Soo Khian Chan area of Singapore. The five residential towers were designed with energy-efficient living and social interaction in mind. There is a rainwater harvesting system, drip irrigation and solar panels
Culture House Rozet in Arnhem, Netherlands contains a library, heritage centre and community college. The Dutch town is best known as the scene of a famous battle in World War II but it is trying to reinvent itself as a cultural centre and now has this landmark building
Ciudad Casa de Gobierno is a new city hall in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. The buidling, spanning an entire city block in Parque Patricios, houses the offices of the Mayor and 1,500 employees. The environmentally efficient design is by British architect Norman Foster
The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre is in a former drinks and tobacoo factory in the Azores Islands. The architects sought to reinvent the building in Ribeira Grande, making it a ‘meaningful space in a peripheral region in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean’
Angdong Hospital in China’s Hunan province has been nominated because it is a rarity – a quality hospital in rural China. It was commissioned by a Hong Kong charity, the Institute for Integrated Rural Development, and is designed to be public-friendly
VIA at West 57th is a shockingly modern apartment block deep in midtown Manhattan, New York. Danish architect Bjark Ingels, who is only 41, has designed it with stunning views of the Hudson river and says he sees it as a ‘visual gateway’ to Manhattan
UTEC (Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia) in Peru is a new academic building for students of engineering and mining technology. The site sits next to a busy motorway which heads into a ravine and at the rear of the building is the middle class neighbourhood of Barranco
Tula House was designed as a home for a married couple in Heriot Bay, six hours’ drive north of Vancouver in Canada. It also doubles as the home for their charitable foundation. The remote clifftop location is surrounded by stunning scenery
It does not look like a church as we know it. But this is Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church in Leipzig, Germany. It was built on the site of a church which was bombed in 1943 during World War II
Sankaclar mosque is located in Büyükçekmece, a suburb of Istanbul. The 700 square metre structure is set into a natural depression in the landscape. ‘The building blends in completely with the topography,’ said architect Emre Arolat
This is one of three residential blocks which make up the Rundeskogen project in Stavanger, Norway. The architect was given an additional problem in his brief – trying to avoid encroaching on an ancient Viking graveyard
The Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hong Kong was also designed by the late Zaha Hadid. The building in the Hung Hom district is home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a school of design
British architect David Chipperfield designed this office building in Moganshan Road in the city of Hangzhou, China with a first – a facade made entirely of copper
The Fulton Center in New York is a major transport hub and shopping centre. The £1billion project was commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to revitalise the Fulton Street subway station area
Invisible House in Australia was voted House of the Year in 2014 by the Australian Institute of Architects. The building, designed as a ‘rugged retreat’ for a film-maker, overlooks the Megalong Valley in the foothills of the Blue Mountains near Hampton
The Fine Arts Museum of Asturias in Oviedo, Spain houses 10,000 works of art with up to 400 on display at any one time. The museum houses paintings by Spanish artists, as well Flemish painters and Italians like Umberto Pettinicchio.
The Farming kindergarten in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam is designed for the 500 children whose mothers work in the shoe factory next door. The building was conceived as a continuous green roof, providing food and agriculture experience to children, as well as an extensive ‘playground to the sky’
Museo Jumex is an art museum in the Nuevo Polanco district of Mexico City. It was opened in 2013 and receives 300,000 visitors a year. The museum gives a home to artworks by Gabriel Orozco and Carlos Amorales as well as international artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Tacita Dean. The building has a circular stairwell of polished concrete walls lined in steel panels painted matt black.
Oita Prefecture Art Museum in Japan was designed to be as open to the public as possible. The atrium can be enjoyed as a civic space. There is a cafe and a museum shop those are designed to be movable so they can relocate and the exhibition room is formed by using movable walls to divide parts of the atrium into enclosed gallery rooms
St Angela’s College in Cork has educated Irish children for 125 years. Three new buildings on the steeply sloping site at St Patrick’s Hill will, along with refurbished 19th century buildings, will provide education for generations more to come
The Public Library of Constitucion in Chile opened last year. The scheme is part of efforts to rebuild the city of Constitución after an earthquake and tsunami that devastated the town in 2010. Local carpenters helped to build the highly crafted building
DLR Lexicon is a granite-built library in Dún Laoghaire, a ferry port near Dublin, Ireland. The edifice was designed by Cork-based architects Carr Cotter & Naessens to provide a new landmark between the town and coast
Bodø in Norway is a small town with a population of only 50,000. But in the Stormen it has a landmark worthy of a much bigger city. The two buildings house a library and a three-auditorium concert hall. Much of Bodø was destroyed during the war
Europaallee Baufeld E is located on a key site in the Swiss city of Zurich. It provides commercial space and housing on former railway land on the south side of Zurich Hauptbahnhof. The Europaallee is a street running through the centre of the masterplan leading south west from the main station.
The European Hansemuseum in Lübeck, Germany is a home for an unrivalled collection of archives about the Hanseatic League, a trading community that grew up around the Baltic. The building is both modern and keenly aware of the city’s history
British architect Sir David Chipperfield has designed an extension to the Saint Louis Art Museum in St Louis, Missouri. The museum dates back to 1881 but the expansion adds more than 224,000 square feet of gallery space, including an underground garage. Money for the £100m project was raised through private gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations, and from proceeds from the sale of tax-exempt bonds.
Architect Philippe Prost has designed The Ring of Remembrance, an International World War I memorial at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France. The names of 600,000 soldiers from both sides who lost their lives in northern France in 1914-18 are enscribed on its walls
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