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20 buildings awarded RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2018

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The 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence have been awarded to 20 exceptional new buildings in 16 countries, ranging from large urban infrastructure schemes to private homes; cultural destinations to civic spaces; educational buildings to places of worship.


In addition, Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, founders of Brazilian firm Aleph Zero, are the recipients of the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018 for their project, the Children’s Village in Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil, designed with Rosenbaum. The Children’s Village provides boarding accommodation for 540 senior school children at the Canuanã School.


The 20 winning projects announced form the longlist for the RIBA International Prize 2018. The shortlist of four buildings will be announced in September 2018 and the winner will be awarded in November 2018 to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The winning project will exemplify design excellence, architectural ambition and deliver meaningful social impact. The RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world.




The 20 winners of RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2018 are:



- The Ancient Church of Vilanova de la Barca, Spain by ALEAOLEA architecture & landscape

©Adrià Goula



- Audain Art Museum, Whistler, Canada by Patkau Architects

© James Dow



- BBVA Bancomer Tower, Mexico City by LegoRogers

(Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Legorreta + Legorreta)

© Roland Halbe



- Bundner Kunstmuseum - Chur, Switzerland , Chur, Switzerland by Barozzi Veiga

© Simon Menges



- Captain Kelly's Cottage, Tasmania, Australia by John Wardle Architects 

© Trevor Mein



- Central European University - Phase 1, Budapest, Hungary by O'Donnell + Tuomey

© Tamás Bujnovszky



- Children's Village, Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil by Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero (also awarded RIBA International Emerging Architect)

© Leonardo Finotti



- Lanka Learning Center, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka by feat.collective

 © Lichtbildarena Barbara Vetter & Vincent Heiland




- M4 Metro Line, Budapest, Hungary by FŐMTERV-PALATIUM-UVATERV (Consortium with Budapesti Építőművészet Műhely, Gelesz és Lenzsér, Puhl és Dajka, sporaarchitects and VPI Studio)

© Tamás Bujnovszky



- National Memorial on Mount Herzl, Israel by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects in collaboration with Kalush Chechick Architects

 © Amit Geron



- Musée d’arts à Nantes, France by Stanton Williams

© Nick Hufton 



- Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Kraaijvanger Architects

© Ronald Tilleman 



- Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects

© Cemal Emden



- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece by RPBW - Renzo Piano Building Workshop & BETAPLAN

Ph. © De Padova 



- Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Palinda Kannangara Architects

© Mahesh Mendis


- Tatsumi Apartment House, Tokyo, Japan by Hiroyuki Ito Architects

© Makoto Yhoshida 



- Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo, Japan by

© Harunori Noda



- University of Amsterdam, Netherlands by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

© Tim Soar



- Bosco Verticale, Milan, Italy by Stefano Boeri Architetti (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)

© Giovanni Nardi



- Xiao Jing Wan University, Shenzhen, China by Foster + Partners with GDI

© Nigel Young







Cover image: Central European University; Ph. © Tamás Bujnovszky

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    Vilanova de la Barca 170

    Vilanova de la Barca

    Lleida / Spain / 2016

    Bundner Kunstmuseum - Chur, Switzerland 36

    Bundner Kunstmuseum - Chur, Switzerland

    Chur / Switzerland / 2017

    National Memorial on Mount Herzl 92

    National Memorial on Mount Herzl

    Jerusalem / Israel / 2017

    Musée d’arts à Nantes 59

    Musée d’arts à Nantes

    Nantes / France / 2017

    Sancaklar Mosque 110

    Sancaklar Mosque

    Büyükçekmece / Turkey / 2012

    Bosco Verticale 366

    Bosco Verticale

    Milan / Italy / 2014