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Judges: Cany Ash Emily Campbell Tony Chapman Richard Griffiths Rachel Haugh Glenn Howells Edward Jones Niall McLaughlin Paul Monaghan Sheila O'Donnell

KILEN, DENMARK Lundgaard & Tranberg Architektfirma A/S Client: Copenhagen Business School This new faculty of business studies comprises lecture theatres on the ground floor with smaller meeting and teaching areas on the upper four floors. The internal spaces are linked visually by an atrium that extends the full height of the building. The success of the project lies in the quality of detail and execution evident throughout.

DKK191 million (£17.5 million). 13,100m 2

FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY, GERMANY Sauerbruch Hutton Architects Client: Federal Environmental Agency Built on heavily polluted land in an area of Dessau that still looks desperately abandoned, this project has a surreal polish. The well-controlled and consistent detailing gives it a homogenous character. The central atrium is a calm and quiet place that is enlivened by the use of coloured-glass panels applied to the outside of the timber-framed windows.

68 million euros (£46.5 million). 39,800m 2

PHAENO SCIENCE CENTRE, GERMANY Zaha Hadid Architects and Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, Germany Client: Neuland Wohnbaugesellschaft mbH The building is like an undulating earthwork. There is an undercroft; a dark grotto carved out of looming dreamlike forms. The paved surface of the town becomes a meandering series of ramped routes through elevated exhibition spaces. It is a fascinating realisation of the abstract images we know vividly after 20 years of design.

40 million euros (£27.5 million). 12,000m 2

THE FRIEDER BURDA MUSEUM, GERMANY Richard Meier & Partners Client: Stiftung Frieder Burda This new gallery makes the case that a Modern pavilion is not incompatible with its setting in an 18th-century park. The interior in particular is a triumph. While the same spatial language applied to Meier's private houses on Long Island in the 1970s was over-rhetorical for their domestic function, it finds its fullment here in a public building of great quality.

Cost: condential. 2,000m 2

RAS CHILL DARA, DEVOY PARK, IRELAND Heneghan Peng Architects in association with Arthur Gibney & Partners Heneghan Peng is the master of the competition win; since bagging this one it has landed The Grand Museum of Egypt and the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre.

Here a footpath leads directly into an interior dominated by a switchback ramp that leads you up to all of the available services on different levels. For a rst building, this project has been developed with singular confidence and brio.

42 million euros (£29 million). 11,300m 2

POUSTINIA, IRELAND Architects Bates Maher Client: Rosminian Order Poustinia is a Russian word meaning a small cabin set aside for silence and prayer. Here at a retreat in the Comeragh Mountains, three such exquisite cabins have been partly built into the hillside above the big house, and partly cantilevered over the slope of the hill. The interiors, with their carefully framed views, though minimally detailed, are surprisingly rich in feel.

500,000 euros (£342,880). 160m 2

CAIXAGALICIAART GALLERY, SPAIN Grimshaw Client: Caixa Galicia The Caixa Galicia Art Gallery in La Coruña is lavishly funded by a 25 per cent levy imposed by the government on all financial institutions. The building is best understood in section, which is a tilted paraboloid whose apex peaks on the front elevation before falling steeply down at the street facade on an inverse incline, allowing light to flood into the basement areas.

Cost: condential. 7,639m 2

NEW AREA TERMINAL, BARAJAS AIRPORT, MADRID, SPAIN Richard Rogers Partnership Co-architect: Estudio Lamela Client: AENA The sheer scale and complexity of what has been tackled here cannot be over-estimated. The 1.2km-long terminal and associated 1km-long satellite accommodate 36 and 26 aeroplane stands respectively, handling up to 35 million passengers annually. The restrained and functional approach to both detailing and the use of materials is consistently applied to great effect, resulting in a visually clean, remarkably uncluttered and soothing environment.

1,805 million euros (£1,238 million). 760 million m 2

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