20 new buildings designed in 16 different countries in the world have won RIBA architectural awards. On May 9 the Royal Institute of British Architects announced the list of 20 buildings presented with RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018. These include major urban infrastructure projects, renovations and new buildings, residential and school buildings, cultural institutions and places of worship: works selected as representative of the quality achieved by architecture all over the world.
The 20 buildings are considered exceptional for their ingenuity, excellent construction and ability to represent the social role of architecture at the international level.
The judges found these qualities in the Children Village project by studio Aleph Zero. The project by architects Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes, founders of Aleph Zero, received two awards, the RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018 and the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018, a prize presented to an emerging studio that has been active for less than 10 years.
Of the 20 buildings nominated for the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018 prize, four finalists will be selected for the RIBA International Prize 2018, a biennial award RIBA established in 2016 to acknowledge projects and architects all over the world. The first prize went to UTEC (Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología), a university building in Lima, Peru designed by architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale in Venice.
Looking through the long list of winners, we find a number of projects that have been presented in the pages of Floornature, including the Bosco Verticale by Boeri Studio of Milan and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre by Renzo Piano Building Workshop & Betaplan. The list also includes the projects with a bold visual impact created by sporaarchitects for the stations on Budapest metro line 4 , presented in Livegreenblog, selected for the RIBA Award for International Excellence 2018 as an overall infrastructure project with the involvement of all the architectural studios that participated in the metro line project (FŐMTERV-PALATIUM-UVATERV - Consortium with Palatium Studio, Budapesti Építőművészet Műhely, Gelesz és Lenzsér, Puhl és Dajka, sporaarchitects, VPI Studio).
Children Village by architects Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes (Aleph Zero) in partnership with landscape design studio Raul Pereira Arquitetos Associados is a school and residence for disadvantaged children in Brazil’s Tocatins region. The school was designed for Bradesco Foundation, which owns a large estate in the area, and provides lodgings for farm workers, teachers and 840 children in several buildings with a dining hall and a small hospital. The buildings in the project all have big wooden roofs supported by an elegant grid of glulam beams and pillars.
The judges of the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2018 award emphasised that Aleph Zero’s project is a wonderful and masterful response to the brief and entirely appropriate in its tropical environment. The whole feels relaxed, comfortable and homely and is well loved and maintained.
Architectural project: Children Village
Architects: Aleph Zero (Gustavo Utrabo and Pedro Duschenes) www.alephzero.arq.br
Landscape design: Raul Pereira Arquitetos Associados
Location: Formoso do Araguaia, Tocantins, Brazil
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Images courtesy of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) www.architecture.com
(Children’s Village): Leonardo Finotti
(Bosco Verticale): Giovanni Nardi, Paolo Rosselli
(Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center): Michel Denancé, Yorgis Yerolymbos
(M4 Metro Line Budapest): Tamás Bujnovszky