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Wilkinson Eyre scoops the 2013 Lubetkin Prize for Gardens by the Bay

Wilkinson Eyre and Grant Associates’ pioneering Gardens by the Bay in Singapore has won the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

It is the second year in a row that Wilkinson Eyre has scooped the prize for the best new international building outside the European Union having picked up the gong in 2012 with its £600 million Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China. 

The £350 million scheme beat off competition from Galaxy Soho in Beijing by Zaha Hadid Architects and Via Verde in New York by Grimshaw, to take home the accolade.

Described by the judges as ‘an outstanding example of sustainability in action’, the two glasshouses cover more than 20,000m², with one featuring a dry Mediterranean climate and the other a cooler, more moist climate.

RIBA president and judge, Stephen Hodder said: ‘There have been a number of attempts to design greenhouses to show people unable to travel widely what the natural world has to offer.

‘The UK led the way with Kew and latterly the Eden Project. What Wilkinson Eyre have done in Singapore is much harder and an even more impressive achievement, in that cooling plants in a sub-tropical climate is necessarily less energy efficient than keeping hot-house plants warm in a temperate climate.

‘Yet here they have produced greenhouses covering two hectares that are carbon-positive. What’s more they have pushed the boundaries not only environmentally but also structurally, giving the city a new and public landmark. I am delighted to award Wilkinson Eyre with the 2013 Lubetkin Prize.’

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Read Ruth Slavid’s building study (AJ 29.11.12)

Project data

Client National Parks Board
Contract value £350 million
Structural engineer Atelier One
Environmental engineer Atelier Ten
Contractor Woh Hup
Completion date June 2012
Gross internal area 20,280m²

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