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Five International Buildings Shortlisted for the 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize
Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 |

More breaking award news from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA): the shortlist for the 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize, given to the best international building outside the European Union, has been announced. The jury was chaired by RIBA President-Elect Angela Brady with architects Deborah Saunt, Jim Eyre and Peter Clegg, and RIBA Head of Awards Tony Chapman.

The 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist is as follows:

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Architect: Foster + Partners
Client: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates
Contract Value: $180m
Gross internal area: 11,270 sq m

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA by Foster + Partners (Photo: Chuck Choi)

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA by Foster + Partners (Photo: Chuck Choi)

 

Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou, China
Architect:  Zaha Hadid Architects  
Client:  Guangzhou Municipal Government
Contractor:  SHTK (Shanghai, China); Guangzhou Pearl River, Foreign Investment Architectural Designing Institute
Contract Value:  confidential
Gross internal area:  70,000 sq m

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Iwan Baan)

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Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Virgile Simon Betrand)

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Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Virgile Simon Betrand)

Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Virgile Simon Betrand)

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Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects (Photo: Virgile Simon Betrand)

 

The Met

Bangkok, Thailand
Architect: WOHA with Tandem Architects 2001
Client: Pebble Bay Thailand
Contractor: Bouygues Thai
Landscape Consultant: Cicada
Contract Value:  $132m
Gross internal area:  113,000 sq m

The Met, Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA (Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

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The Met, Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA (Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

The Met, Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA (Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

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The Met, Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA (Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

The Met, Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA (Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

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The Met, Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA (Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall)

 

Masdar Institute

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Architect: Foster + Partners
Client: Mubadala Development Company
Contractor: Al Ahmadiah - Hip Hing JV
Structural Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
Services Engineer: PHA Consulting
Contract Value: Confidential
Gross internal area: 45,000 sq m

Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by  Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

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Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by  Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

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Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by  Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

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Masdar Institute, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners (Photo: Nigel Young)

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond, Virginia, USA
Architect: Rick Mather Architects  
Executive Architects: Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas   
Client: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Gross internal area: 15,330m² New Build 3,900m² Renovation

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects (Photo: Bilyana Dimitrova Photography)

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects (Photo: Bilyana Dimitrova Photography)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects (Photo: Ansel Olson)

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects (Photo: Ansel Olson)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects (Photo: Ansel Olson)

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects (Photo: Ansel Olson)

The winner of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize will be announced on the evening of Saturday, October 1, at a ceremony and dinner at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham and will be featured in a special edition of BBC Two’s The Culture Show.

The Lubetkin Prize is named in honor 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.



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