Earlier this summer, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced their 2013 International Award Winners for architectural excellence. Showcasing a list of imaginative, dramatic and green designs, the awards give exciting insight into exactly where the future of worldwide architecture lies—and forecast the eventual winner of the Lubetkin Prize, an annual distinction given to projects outside the UK constructed by RIBA architects. In advance of the September 26th announcement of the Lubetkin Prize winner, we revisit RIBA’s 3 finalists.

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Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Named Planet Building of the Year at the 2012 World Architecture Festival, Singapore’s Cooled Conservatories explore the effects of climate alter on those environments most likely to be impacted. The moist and dry conservatories, named Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, respectively, are a gorgeous website in Marina Bay. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the project is many items in one: a stunning constructing, a lesson in ecological education, and a spectacular feat of architectural engineering. 

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By way of Verde Housing Development, New York City

Architectural firm Grimshaw, in collaboration with Dattner Architects, have developed a study in sustainable living. The design and style for this mixed-use and mixed-revenue complex is hoped to be a template for the further improvement of social housing across New York. One particular of the Through Verde’s primary features is its connection with the organic world. Central to the tiered building are plants and gardens, assisting to supply a setting for healthier urban living.

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Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China

A retail, office and entertainment complicated like no other, Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects, has 4 primary domes, interconnected with sweeping bridges and platforms that resemble the lines of an alien ship. The futuristic design and style, which was in fact inspired by nature, is a fluid contemporary space whose lines and curves flow into each other, producing an unmistakeable mark on the city skyline.

Images: RIBA

Author: Louise Blake is an architectural enthusiast, who would be nosing round other people’s houses if she wasn’t worried about the repercussions.


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