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RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

United Kingdom Architecture News - Jul 22, 2021 - 14:07   2903 views

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today revealed the 16 winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021. The Awards, which take place every two years, recognise the most significant and inspirational projects around the world.

The RIBA International awards are open to any qualified architect for spaces anywhere in the world (excluding the UK – as this is determined by the RIBA Stirling Prize). Projects need to exemplify design excellence and architectural ambition and deliver meaningful social impact.

The sixteen award-winning buildings are spread across 11 countries. Each project has been subject to a rigorous judging process with all buildings being visited in person by a local ambassador appointed by the RIBA.

This year’s projects range from significant cultural destinations such as Modern Art Museum and its Walkways in Shanghai to new city infrastructure such as the elegant Lille Langebro pedestrian and cycle bridge in the heart of Copenhagen; from a beautiful artists’ home in Sri Lanka to a new hospital building in Bogotá that connects patients with nature.

"The 2021 RIBA International Awards for Excellence are presented to an ambitious and diverse range of projects from a wide range of established and upcoming architects’ practices. It is particularly important to be considering excellence in architecture at this time - in this fast-changing world, where governments, clients and society need the skills and insight of architects,"said RIBA President Alan Jones.

"Our global awards show how well-considered, well-delivered and well-performing architecture has the immense potential to improve lives and communities. We are very pleased to be able to celebrate some of the most innovative, ingenious and impactful architecture in the world – designed by some of the most talented architects of our time," Jones added.

See the full 16 winning projects below:


RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Shengliang Su

Alila Yangshuo / Vector Architects, Guangxi, China

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Andreas Gehrke Noshe

Amorepacific Headquarters / David Chipperfield Architects Berlin + HAEAHN Architecture and KESSON, Seoul, South Korea

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Sebastian Psoignis

Artists' Retreat at Pittugala / Palinda Kannangara Architects, Athurugiriya, Sri Lanka

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © shiromio, Yilong Zhao

Dongziguan Villagers' Activity Center / gad · line+ studio, Hangzhou, China

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Asif Salman Courtesy of URBANA

Friendship Hospital, Satkhira / Kashef Chowdhury-URBANA, Shyamnagar, Bangladesh

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Simon Menges

James-Simon-Galerie / David Chipperfield Architects, Berlin, Germany

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Deed Studio

Kohan Ceram Central Office Building/Hooba Design Group,Tehran, Iran

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Chao Zhang

Lianzhou Museum of Photography / O-office Architects- Jianxiang He & Ying Jiang, Lianzhou, China

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Lille Langebro / WilkinsonEyre + Urban Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Fangfang Tiang

Modern Art Museum and its Walkways / Atelier Deshaus, Shanghai, China

Msheireb Downtown Doha Masterplan / Allies and Morrison with Arup and AECOM, Doha, Qatar 

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © James Dow

The Polygon Gallery / Patkau Architects, North Vancouver, Canada

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Hao Chen

Renovation of the Captain's House / Vector Architects, Fuzhou, China

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Alejandro Arango

Expansion of the University Hospital of the Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation / El Equipo Mazzanti, Bogotá, Colombia

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Tai Kwun - The Center for Heritage and Arts / Purcell (Conservation Architect), Herzog & de Meuron (Architect and Masterplaner), Rocco Design Architects Associates Limited (Executive Architect), Hong Kong, China

RIBA announces 16 winning projects for RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

Image © Mass Design Group

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice / MASS Design Group, Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Amongst the 16 winning projects announced today, four projects will be shortlisted for this year’s prize and announced in September. 

The winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize and the RIBA International Prize 2021 will be selected by a Grand Jury, chaired by French architect Odile Decq and revealed in November 2021.

The inaugural RIBA International Prize in 2016 was awarded to Grafton Architects for their university building, UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología) in Lima, Peru. 

In 2018, the prize was awarded to Aleph Zero and Rosenbaum, for their inspiring new school complex on the edge of the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, Children Village.

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