‘Modern-Day Machu Picchu’ Wins World’s Best New Building
A concrete university building in Peru with cascading levels and open-air stairs and hallways won the first global prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects as the world's best new design, the organization said today.
Grafton Architects, an Irish firm, and Peru's Shell Arquitectos designed the new campus for the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología in Lima.
"It is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined," the jury said. "To its close neighbors, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu."
The institute is known for awarding the Stirling Prize to the U.K.'s best new building. There were 30 buildings in the first round vying for the 2016 RIBA International Prize for the world's best new building.