July 6, 2006
by Canadian Architect
On June 23, eight new buildings across the European Union were presented with a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) European Award for their high architectural standards and contribution to their local environment.
Projects selected for their design excellence range in size and use from the “constantly amazing” Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany; three small cabins used for silence and prayer in the Comeragh Mountains in Ireland, to the Caixa Galicia Art Gallery in Spain and the German government’s environment agency building in Dessau. Projects by up-and-coming young architects, as well as established names including Richard Rogers Partnership and Zaha Hadid Architects are amongst the winners.
Fifty-four buildings across the UK received RIBA Awards, and eight in the rest of the EU received RIBA European Awards.
At the RIBA Awards dinner, ten additional international buildings received an RIBA International Award supported by The Architectural Review, and the winner of the inaugural Lubetkin Prize was announced. International Awards are given to significant buildings outside the UK and the EU, by an RIBA member. The Lubetkin Prize was presented to the most outstanding work of architecture, outside of the UK and EU – the International Award winners formed the longlist for this prize.
The buildings that have won European RIBA Awards are:
*Kilen, Frederiksberg, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architektfirma A/S
*The Federal Environmental Agency, Dessau, Germany by sauerbruch hutton architects
*The Frieder Burda Museum, Baden Baden, Germany by Richard Meier & Partners
*Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects and Mayer Baehrle Freie Architekten BDA, Germany
*ras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland by heneghan.peng architects in association with Arthur Gibney & Partners
*Poustinia, Kilsheelan, Ireland by Bates Maher
*Caixa Galicia Art Gallery, La Corua, Spain by Grimshaw
*New Area Terminal, Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain by Richard Rogers Partnership