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WOHA’s Bangkok Met scoops Lubetkin Prize 2011

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The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA has landed this year’s Lubetkin Prize awarded for the best international building outside the EU

The sixty-six storey residential tower designed by the Singapore-based company beat Foster + Partners’ Masdar Institute and Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House to win the prestigious prize.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts by Foster + Partners and Rick Mather’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts were also shortlisted.

RIBA President Angela Brady said: ‘This year’s shortlist for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize was of an exceptionally high standard, really representing some of most innovative and unique pieces of architecture of the decade.

‘WOHA’s The Met Building is a highly deserving winner; the building combines beautiful design with sustainable credentials, creating a high specification residential complex and an intelligent alternative to the sleek, air-conditioned box in a tropical environment. Congratulations to WOHA for their creation of a delightful and unique building.’

The judges were Deborah Saunt of DSDHA, Wilkinson Eyre’s Jim Eyre, Peter Clegg of Feilden Clegg Bradley and RIBA head of awards Tony Chapman.

Now in its fifth year, the Lubetkin Prize recognizes the best international building of the year outside the EU. The winner receives a cast concrete plaque of Berthold Lubetkin’s iconic Penguin Pool at London Zoo.

Lubetkin Prize winner: The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA

Lubetkin Prize winner: The Met in Bangkok, Thailand by WOHA

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