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World's best building - Lubetkin shortlist revealed

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Foster and Partners’ Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal is one of six schemes shortlisted for the RIBA’s prestigious Lubetkin Prize, supported by The Architectural Review

The other projects vying for the prize - for the best international building by an RIBA member - include the National Stadium in Beijing by Herzog & de Meuron, the Sean O’Casey Community Centre, in Dublin by O’Donnell and Tuomey Architects, the British High Commission in Colombo by Richard Murphy Architects, Museum Brandhorst in Munich by Sauerbuch Hutton and the Watercube, National Swimming Centre in Beijing by PTW Architects.

A winner will be announced on Tuesday 14 June 2009 at a reception held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Sunand Prasad, president of RIBA said: ‘The RIBA Lubetkin prize…includes some of the biggest projects in the world – and how good it is to be able to mark the British interest in such schemes – but also some lower-key, beautifully crafted and lower cost schemes.’

The six shortlisted buildings have been visited by Prasad, Paul Monaghan, chair of RIBA Awards Group and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards. They will report to the full jury which includes architect Farshid Moussavi and Tom Dyckhoff of The Times.

The Lubetkin Prize is awarded for practices based outside the UK, building anywhere outside the UK, or for British-based practices working outside the EU.

The full list of 15 RIBA International Award winners, from which the Lubetkin Prize shortlist has been selected, is:


1.         Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 by Foster and Partners with NACO, the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and Arup.

2.         Beijing Station by Farrells with Third Railway Survey and Design Institute Group Corporation for TSDI

3.         Maosi Ecological Demonstration Primary School, Quingyang City, China, by the Department of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong

4.         The National Stadium, Beijing, by Herzog and de Mueron with the China Architectural Design and research Group, Arup Sport and Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong

5.         Ninetree Village in Zhejiang, China,  by David Chipperfield Architects with Zhejiang South Architectural Services Design

6.         Watercube, National Swimming Centre, Beijing by PTW Architects, Sydney with the China State Construction & Engineering Corporation, China State Construction Design International and Arup

7.         Saxo Bank, Copenhagenby 3XN for Carlsberg A/S Ejendomme 

8.         Museum Brandhorst, Munich by sauerbruch hutton

9.         Alto Vetro Residential Tower, Dublin by Shay Cleary Architects

10.       Sean O’Casey Community Centre, Dublin by O’Donnell and Tuomey

11.       European Investment Bank in Luxembourg City by Ingenhoven Architects

12.       The British High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka, by Richard Murphy Architects withMilroy Perera

13.       Cocoon - Exclusive Office Headquarters, Zurich, by Camenzind Evolution

14.       Ching Fu Shipbuilding, Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, with HOYA Architects

15.       Northern Arizona University, Advanced Research and Development Facility, Flagstaff, Arizona by Hopkins Architects with Burns-Wald Hopkins Architects

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