Photographer: Cemal Emden
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.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
PARKROYAL on Pickering

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

Photographer: Patrick Bingham-Hall via RIBA

Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

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

Photographer: Hufton+Crow via RIBA

Sancaklar Mosque
Sancaklar Mosque

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

Photographer: Cemal Emden via RIBA

Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church
Saint Trinitatis Catholic Church

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

Photographer: Simon Menges via RIBA

Tula House Heriot Bay
Tula House Heriot Bay

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

Photographer: James Dow via RIBA

European Hansemuseum
European Hansemuseum

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

Photographer: Werner Huthmacher via RIBA

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

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

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

Oita Prefecture Art Museum
Oita Prefecture Art Museum

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

Photographer: Hiroyuki Hirai via RIBA

Invisible House
Invisible House

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

Photographer: Michael Nicholson via RIBA

Fulton Center
Fulton Center

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

Photographer: James Ewing via RIBA

Public Library of Constitucion
Public Library of Constitucion

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

Photographer: Felipe Díaz via RIBA

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

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

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