On top of the world: RIBA’s top 4

The Royal Institute for British Architects has announced the shortlist for their 2018 Prize.

Drumroll, please! Our congratulations to the architects who created the four buildings in the running for the RIBA International Prize 2018. The prestigious prize, awarded every two years, rewards the most inspirational and significant new buildings across the globe and celebrates international architectural talent. The shortlist for the RIBA International Prize 2018 is:

Central European University – Phase 1, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Photo: Tam Bujnovszky
Central European University (Phase 1), Budapest, by O’Donnell + Tuomey

A new university campus in the heart of Budapest that successfully links old buildings and courtyards to create vibrant new spaces.

Children Village, Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero, Photo: Leonardo Finotti
Children Village, Brazil, by Aleph Zero + Rosenbaum

A new boarding school on the edge of the Amazon offering education and accommodation to the children of rural farm workers.

Toho Gakuen School Of Music, Nikken Sekkei, Photo: Harunori Noda
Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo, by Nikken Sekkei

A new virtuoso music school designed to visually connect, rather than isolate, practising musicians.

Vertical Forest, Boeri Studio, Photo: Giovanni Nardi
Il Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), Milan, by Boeri Studio

The second of two residential towers in Milan in which trees and humans coexist, designed to set a new standard in sustainable housing.

The four buildings have been selected following a rigorous judging process, from a long list of 20 exceptional new projects in 16 countries.

The shortlist will now be finally judged by a distinguished Grand Jury chaired by Elizabeth Diller, partner of acclaimed US firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and including  Joshua Bolchover, Co-Founding Director of Rural Urban Framework; Gloria Cabral , Partner of Gabinete de Arquitectura; Peter Clegg, Senior Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Kazuyo Sejima, Founding Partner of SANAA

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:

‘The marker of a truly successful building is the positive contribution it makes to its local context and people. All four of these projects thoroughly demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, and positively impacts the communities they have been designed for. Whilst these four buildings are in different time zones and continents, like all great architecture they share common qualities, of particular note is their sensitivity to their local environment and their responsiveness to the particular needs of the people that will use them. I am pleased that three of the four projects are education buildings, providing innovative and inspiring spaces for young people to live, learn and achieve their potential. The fourth scheme is a bold approach to the greening of high density urban housing that is already inspiring other cities’.