The prestigious RIBA International Prize is awarded every two years and triumphs the most inspiration and significant new buildings from around the world. Celebrating international architectural talent, the RIBA International Prize Shortlist 2018 contains four exceptional buildings to explore. We take a look…
Central European University (Phase 1), Budapest, By O’Donnell + Tuomey
Part of a major redevelopment of the university, O’Donnell + Tuomey have skilfully drawn on the city’s unique vernacular to knit together several historical buildings and courtyards to create the internal spaces and routes. Phase 1 is a new limestone-clad building in the heart of Budapest which adds 35,000m² of space to the inner city campus and contains a new library, auditorium, teaching facilities, study rooms and a café.
Children Village, Brazil, by Aleph Zero + Rosenbaum
Located on the outskirts of the Amazon, the Children Village provides boarding for 540 senior school children at the Canuanã School. Made largely from locally sourced timber, Aleph Zero + Rosenbaum have used the abundant natural resources at the site innovatively to promote both economic and environmental sustainability. The building contains a variety of spaces from dormitories and reading spaces, to balconies and hammocks. All designed to bring the students together, improve their quality or life and refine the bond between them and the school. This project showcases how architecture can stimulate users and the surrounding community in a region rich in natural resources but poor in education opportunities.
Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo, by Nikken Sekkei
The third building linked to education on the RIBA International Prize 2018 shortlist is the Toho Gakuen School of Music. The famous music college in the suburbs of Tokyo now has an open-plan campus, which is an update on the original building filled with cellular practice rooms with no natural light. The new virtuoso piece of architecture has a village-like quality with teaching spaces, communal areas and lots of natural light thanks to the exterior exposure. The design has been guide by acoustics and the Japanese architects have ensured each lesson room has the proportion and size needed for each instrument. Each room is arranged with a void space in between, such as corridors, which offer acoustic separation. This means music can be heard in the corridors but in the lesson rooms there is total silence.
Il Bosco Verticale (Veticale Forest), Milan, by Boeri Studio
The Vertical Forest is the second of two towers in Milan with a new approach to high-rise living. Where humans and trees can live in harmony together. The two towers are 80m high and are planted with almost 17,000 trees, shrubs and plants. In turn providing the equivalent greenery of 20,000m² of undergrowth and forest. The project of urban reforestation has many wide-reaching benefits such as increasing biodiversity by repopulating the city’s flora and fauna and creating its own microclimate to filter particles and improve air quality. The building also offers an solution to urban expansion with each new tower the equivalent of 50,000m² single family housing.
The winner will be announced in late November this year with the winning building chosen by an expert judging panel. The winner will exemplify design excellence, architectural ambition and meaningful social impact and more information can be found on the prize on the RIBA website.