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These 20 new buildings are RIBA's best in the world

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners in the 2018 RIBA Awards for International Excellence. From 16 countries, the winners range from large urban infrastructure to civic spaces.
The Ancient Church of Vilanova de la Barca, Lleida, Spain by AleaOlea architecture & landscape. Image © Adria Goula
Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, founders of Brazilian firm Aleph Zero, are the recipients of the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018 for their project, the Children’s Village in Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil, designed with Rosenbaum. The Children’s Village provides boarding accommodation for 540 senior school children at the Canuanã School.

And the winners are:




  • Audain Art Museum, Whistler, British Columbia by Patkau Architects
  • BBVA Bancomer Tower, Mexico City, Mexico by LegoRogers (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Legorreta + Legorreta)
  • Buendner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland by Barozzi Veiga
  • Captain Kelly's Cottage, Tasmania, Australia by John Wardle Architects
  • Central European University — Phase 1, Budapest, Hungary by O'Donnell + Tuomey
  • Children Village, Formoso do Araguaia, Brazil by Aleph Zero
  • Lanka Learning Center, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka
  • M4 Metro Line, Budapest, Hungary, by FŐmterv-Palatium-Uvaterv Consortium with Palatium Studio
  • Mount Herzl Memorial Hall, Israel, by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects in collaboration with Kalush Chechick architects
  • Musee d'arts de Nantes, Nantes, France by Stanton Williams
  • Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Kraaijvanger Architects
  • Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey by EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece by Renzo Piano Building Workshop & Betaplan
  • Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka, by Palinda Kannangara Architects
  • Tatsumi Apartment House, Tokyo, Japan, by Hiroyuki Ito Architects
  • The Ancient Church of Vilanova de la Barca, Lleida, Spain by AleaOlea architecture & landscape
  • Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo, Japan by Nikken Sekkei
  • University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Vertical Forest, Milan, Italy, by Boeri Studio
  • Xiao Jing Wan University, Shenzhen, China, by Foster + Partners

The 20 winning projects form the longlist for the RIBA International Prize 2018. The shortlist of four buildings will be announced in September 2018 and the winner will be awarded in November 2018 for the most significant and inspirational building of the year. The RIBA International Prize is open to any qualified architect in the world.

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