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These are the 16 best new buildings in the world, according to RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the 16 winning projects for it’s biennial RIBA International Awards for Excellence

By House & Garden | October 1, 2021 | Category

Picture: Artists' Retreat at Pittugala, Athurugiriya, by Palinda Kannangara Architects. Photograph by Sebastian Posingis
Picture: Artists' Retreat at Pittugala, Athurugiriya, by Palinda Kannangara Architects. Photograph by Sebastian Posingis

Every other year, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) selects projects from around the globe which demonstrate excellence in architecture. For this year's awards, sixteen projects have been announced as the winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence. The winning projects, which span everything from hospitals to galleries to memorial sites, illustrate several common trends: buildings with several functions to support the local community, those which find solutions to pre-existing environmental problems and those which are sensitive to the historical context of the structure's surroundings.

The awards celebrate the importance of functional and considered architecture, and the ways in which it can both serve and enrich societies. Amongst the winners are a mixture of larger, more established practices and those small practices just starting out.

Amongst the sixteen winning projects, four of them have been shortlisted for two further awards; the winner of the RIBA International Emerging Architect Prize and the RIBA International Prize 2021 will be selected by a Grand Jury, chaired by French architect Odile Decq and revealed in November 2021.

Picture: Lille Langebro Denmark by Wilkinson Eyre. Photograph by Rasmus Hjortshøj
Picture: Tai Kwun - The Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, by Purcell (Conservation Architect), Herzog & de Meuron (Architect and Masterplaner), Rocco Design Architects Associates Limited (Executive Architect). Photograph by Edmon Leong
Picture: Kohan Ceram Central Office Building, Tehran, by Hooba Design Group. Photograph by Deed Studio
Picture: Lianzhou Museum of Photography, Lianzhou, by O-office Architects/Jianxiang He & Ying Jiang. Photograph by Chao Zhang
Picture: Alila Yangshuo, Guangxi, by Vector Architects. Photograph by Shengliang Su
Picture: Dongziguan Villagers' Activity Center, Hangzhou, by gad · line+ studio. Photograph by Yi Fan
Picture: James-Simon-Galerie, Berlin, by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. Photograph by Simon Menges
Picture: Modern Art Museum and its Walkways, Shanghai, by Atelier Deshaus. Photograph by Fangfang Tian
Picture: Msheireb Downtown Doha Masterplan, Doha, by Allies and Morrison with Arup and AECOM. Photograph by Gerry O_Leary
Picture: Renovation of the Captain's House, Fuzhou, by Vector Architects. photograph by Hao Chen
Picture: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama, MASS Design Group.
Picture: The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, by Patkau Architects. Photograph byJames Dow
Picture: Artists' Retreat at Pittugala, Athurugiriya, by Palinda Kannangara Architects. Photograph by Sebastian Posingis
Picture: Amorepacific Headquarters, Seoul, by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin. Photograph by Andreas Gehrke Noshe
Picture: Expansion of the University Hospital of the Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation, Bogotá, by El Equipo Mazzanti/Giancarlo Mazzanti. Photograph by Alejandro Arango
Picture: Friendship Hospital, Satkhira, Shyamnagar, by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA.