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Foster and Wilkinson Eyre land spots on Lubetkin Prize shortlist

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This year’s shortlist for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize – awarded to the best new international building outside the EU – has been announced, featuring a raft of high-profile Asian projects

Wilkinson Eyre’s £600 million Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China is the only mixed-use building on the list, featuring 66 floors of offices and 38 floors of hotel. The skyscraper is the tallest tower by a British Architect.

South East Asia provided two of this year’s finalists, Hamzah and Yeang and CPG’s £49.9 million Solaris science research and development centre in Singapore – which features a 1.5km-long landscaped ramp – and the 35-storey One KL residential tower in Malaysia by SCDA Architects.

Foster + Partners’ 1,858m² Sperone Westwater art gallery in New York is the only project outside of Asia to reach the final stage in the race for the coveted prize named after the influential Tecton founder Berthold Lubetkin.

RIBA president Angela Brady said: ‘We have four highly experienced architecture practices on the 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist offering sophisticated yet lively responses to complex and very different sites.

‘These cutting-edge buildings show the leading role that architects play in creating low-energy living and working spaces, even in extreme environmental conditions.’

A winner will be announced on 13 October in Manchester. 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.

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