Five ‘big budget’ blockbusters have been named on the shortlist for this year’s Lubetkin Prize, including two schemes by Foster + Partners
The award is given by the RIBA to the best international building by institute members outside the EU, with the winner set to be announced at the Stirling Prize ceremony at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham and the finalists featured in a special edition of BBC TWO’s The Culture Show.
Foster’s Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi and the practice’s Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA will battle it out against WOHA’s The Met residential skyscraper in Bangkok, Rick Mather Architects and SMBW’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, USA and Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China - which has recently been making the headlines for other reasons.
The 2011 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist in full:
Masdar Institute in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners
Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China by Zaha Hadid Architects
Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA by Foster + Partners
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, USA by Rick Mather Architects + SMBW
The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA
Ruth Reed, RIBA President, said:’ The RIBA Lubetkin Prize reflects the international market for talented architects. This year’s shortlist is unusual in that they are all big budget projects – each with a contract value over $100 million.
‘The list mixes some of world architecture’s most famous names, with a younger practice so it will be interesting to see who the judges choose as a winner. It is also exciting that this is the first year that the prize presentation will be broadcast on BBC television.’
The jury was chaired by RIBA President-Elect Angela Brady with architects Deborah Saunt, Jim Eyre and Peter Clegg, and RIBA Head of Awards Tony Chapman.