Philippe Prost’s “Ring of Remembrance” in Arras, France is also up for the RIBA Prize. Photo courtesy of AAPP.
Six very different architectural wonders have been shortlisted for the RIBA Prize.
Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects curates a list of the world’s best designs culminating in one crowning achievement. This year the final judging will take place on site by chairman and architect Richard Rogers, and assisted by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi as well as Philip Gumuchdjian, Marilyn Jordan, and Billie Tsien.
This year’s selection includes the Heydar Aliyev Center, a masterful work by the late Zaha Hadid in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, and “Ring of Remembrance” by Philippe Prost, a somber yet moving monument to the fallen of World War I.
Other honorees range from bold new designs to intimately subdued ones, and include the Arquipelago – Contemporary Arts Center by Menos é Mais, the Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield Architects, the Stormen Concert Hall bby DRDH Architects, and the UTEC – Universidad De Ingeneria Y Technologia by Grafton Architects.
This year is no different than past ones in the respect that there certainly is no lack of greats in the field, as well as unknowns that quickly become thrust into the limelight with such an honor.
Rogers and his team of judges will be carrying out the site visits in the weeks to come, analyzing everything from aesthetics to emotional impact. It’s anyone’s guess as to whom will walk away as this year’s winner.