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Wilkinson Eyre’s Guangzhou tower scoops Lubetkin Prize

Wilkinson Eyre’s £600 million Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China has won the Lubetkin Prize

The tallest tower by a British architect took the prestigious award for the best new international building outside the European Union.

The 440 metre-tall scheme defeated Asian rivals Hamzah and Yeang and CPG’s £49.9 million Solaris science centre in Singapore and SCDA Architects’ 35-storey One KL residential tower in Malaysia.

Foster + Partners’ 1,858m² Sperone Westwater art gallery in New York was the only contender for the award outside the continent.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘With exceptional vision and skill, Wilkinson Eyre Architects have given their clients and the city of Guangzhou an outstanding new 103 storey landmark.

‘The tower’s diamond shaped structure, exposed throughout the offices, atrium and hotel, looks simple but is the hugely complex key to the success of this building.’

She added: ‘It not only allows the dramatic tapering atrium and raked floors but brings environmental benefits by using 20 per cent less steel than similar buildings. Guangzhou International Finance Centre is a worthy winner of this important prize.’

Featuring 66 floors of offices and 38 floors of hotel, the project includes a podium complex with a retail mall, conference centre and serviced apartments.

The trophy was announced at the Stirling Prize awards ceremony this evening (13 October) in Manchester. The triumph came one week after the practice’s Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore won the coveted WAF world building of the year award.

The jury was chaired by Brady and featured Deborah Saunt, AJ woman architect of the year Cindy Walters, Philip Gumuchdjian and RIBA head of awards Tony Chapman.

Project data

Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Client: Guangzhou Yuexiu City Construction
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Contractor: China State Construction Corporation
Contract Value:                £600 million
Date of completion: June 2011
Gross internal area: 380,000m²


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