30 of the most impressive new buildings in the world

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Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid Architects and DiA Holding.
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Hufton + Crow

Architecture is important. It constitutes our built habitat, and when done well, it has the power to improve lives.

The Royal Institute of British Architects thinks that’s worth celebrating, and has commissioned the first annual edition of their global architecture award, called The RIBA International Prize.

30 buildings around the world have been shortlisted for the new prize, and the selection committee will visit each building this summer to whittle it down to six finalists. The grand jury will visit those in the fall and announce the final winner in December.

Two of the finalists were designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the firm of the late architecture legend Zaha Hadid.

From Singapore to New York, these are the 30 best new buildings in the world, according to RIBA.


VIA at West 57th in New York, NY, by Bjarke Ingels Group and SLCE Architects

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Nic Lehoux

UTEC Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia in Peru by Lima Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos

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Iwan Baan

Tula House in Quadra Island, Canada by Patkau Architects

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James Dow

The Ring of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France by Agence d’Architecture Philippe Prost

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Aitor ORTIZ

St Angela’s College in Cork, Ireland by O’Donnell + Tuomey

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Alice Clancy

Stormen Concert Hall, Theatre and Public Library in Bodø, Norway by DRDH Architects

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David Grandorge

SkyTerrace Soo Khian Chan in Singapore by SCDA Architects

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Aaron Pocock

Sancaklar Mosque in Büyükçekmece, Istanbul, Turkey by EAAEmre Arolat Architecture

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Cemal Emden

Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church in Leipzig, Germany by Schulz und Schulz

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Simon Menges

Saint Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri by David Chipperfield Architects

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Simon Menges

Rundeskogen in Stravanger, Norway by dRMM Architects / Helen and Hard Architects

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Alex de Rijke

Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in Doha, Qatar by Mangera Yvars Architects

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Qatar Foundation

Public Library of Constitucion in Constitucion, Chile by Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos

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Felipe Díaz

ParkRoyal on Pickering in Singapore by WOHA Architects

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Patrick Bingham Hall

Oita Prefecture Art Museum in Oita, Japan by Shigeru Ban Architects

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Hiroyuki Hirai

Museo Jumex in Mexico City, Mexico by David Chipperfield Architects

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Simon Menges

Office Building Moganshan Road in Hangshou, China by David Chipperfield Architects

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Simon Menges

Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hung Hom, Hong Kong by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Iwan Baan

Invisible House in Hampton, Australia by Peter Stutchbury Architecture

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Michael Nicholson

Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan by Zaha Hadid Architects and DiA Holding

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Fulton Center in New York, NY by Grimshaw, HDR and Page Ayres Cowley Architects

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James Ewing

Fine Arts Museum of Asturias in Oviedo, Spain by Mangado y Asociados

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PEDRO PEGENAUTE

Farming Kindergarten in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

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Hiroyuki Oki

European Hansemuseum in Lübeck, Germany by Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers

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Werner Huthmacher

Europaallee Baufeld E in Zurich, Switzerland, by Caruso St John Architects and Bosshard Vaquer Architekten

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Georg Aerni

DLR Lexicon in Dublin, Ireland by Carr Cotter Naessens

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Dennis Gilbert

Culturehouse in Rozet in Arnhem, The Netherlands by Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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Scagliola Brakee

New City Hall in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Foster + Partners

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Nigel Young

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center in Ribeira Grande, Portugal by Menos é Mais Arquitectos and João Mendes Ribeiro

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José Campos

Angdong Hospital in Hunan, China by Rural Urban Framework

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Rural Urban Framework