Photographer: Cemal Emden

The Coolest Buildings in the First British Architects' International Prize

For the first time the Royal Institute of British Architects—known for the past two decades for naming the best U.K. building—awarded a prize for the best global project. The first round included 30 buildings in 20 countries. The winner was announced Nov. 24. The projects range from private homes and places of worship all the way to large infrastructure developments. Here are some highlights from the finalists, and a look at the winning design.

  1. PARKROYAL on Pickering

    PARKROYAL on Pickering

    Location: Singapore
    Architect: WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd.
    Building type: Residential/ Hotel

    Photographer: Patrick Bingham-Hall via RIBA

  2. Heydar Aliyev Center

    Heydar Aliyev Center

    Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
    Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects, DiA Holding
    Building type: Culture

    Photographer: Hufton+Crow via RIBA

  3. Sancaklar Mosque

    Sancaklar Mosque

    Location: Büyükçekmece/Istanbul
    Architect: EAA­Emre Arolat Architecture
    Building type: Religious

    Photographer: Cemal Emden via RIBA

  4. Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church

    Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church

    Location: Leipzig, Germany
    Architect: Schulz und Schulz
    Building type: Religious

    Photographer: Simon Menges via RIBA

  5. Tula House Heriot Bay

    Tula House Heriot Bay

    Location: Quadra Island, Canada
    Architect: Patkau Architects
    Building type: Private House

    Photographer: James Dow via RIBA

  6. European Hansemuseum

    European Hansemuseum

    Location: Lübeck, Germany
    Architect: Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers
    Building type: Restoration/ Conservation

    Photographer: Werner Huthmacher via RIBA

  7. Saint Louis Art Museum

    Saint Louis Art Museum

    Location: Saint Louis, U.S.
    Architects: David Chipperfield Architects, HOK
    Building type: Culture

    Photographer: Simon Menges via RIBA

  8. Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

    Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

    Location: Doha, Qatar
    Architect: Mangera Yvars Architects Ltd.
    Building type: Education

    Photographer: Qatar Foundation via RIBA

  9. Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre

    Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre

    Location: Ribeira Grande, The Azores
    Architects: Menos é Mais, Arquitectos Associados, João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, Lda.
    Building type: Restoration/ Conservation

    Photographer: José Campos via RIBA

  10. Oita Prefecture Art Museum

    Oita Prefecture Art Museum

    Location: Oita, Japan
    Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects
    Building type: Culture

    Photographer: Hiroyuki Hirai via RIBA

  11. Invisible House

    Invisible House

    Location: Hampton, Australia
    Architect: Peter Stutchbury Architecture
    Building type: Private House

    Photographer: Michael Nicholson via RIBA

  12. Fulton Center

    Fulton Center

    Location: New York, U.S.
    Architects: Grimshaw, HDR, Page Ayres Cowley Architects
    Building type: Transport

    Photographer: James Ewing via RIBA

  13. Public Library of Constitucion

    Public Library of Constitucion

    Location: Constitucion, Chile
    Architect: Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos
    Building type: Civic

    Photographer: Felipe Díaz via RIBA

  14. VIA at West 57th New York

    VIA at West 57th New York

    Location: New York, U.S.
    Architects: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, SLCE Architects
    Building type: Residential/ Hotel

    Photographer: Nic Lehoux via RIBA

  15. Ring of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial of Notre­-Dame-­de-­Lorette

    Ring of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial of Notre­-Dame-­de-­Lorette

    Location: Ablain­-Saint­-Nazaire, France
    Architect: Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost
    Building type: Culture

    Photographer: Aitor Ortiz via RIBA

  16. The Winner: Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia

    The Winner: Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia

    Location: Lima, Peru
    Architect: Richard Rogers, Kunlé Adeyemi, Billie Tsien

    Building Type: Education

    Photographer: Iwan Baan via RIBA