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Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre has already been awarded a Design of the Year gong, can it snag the RIBA International Prize too?
Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre has already been awarded a Design of the Year gong, can it snag the RIBA International Prize too?
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We've written about Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre several times and it remains a magnificent building
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We've written about Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre several times and it remains a magnificent building
The design of the Heydar Aliyev Centre is a break from Azerbaijan's impressive Soviet-era architecture
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The design of the Heydar Aliyev Centre is a break from Azerbaijan's impressive Soviet-era architecture
Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre has already been awarded a Design of the Year gong, can it snag the RIBA International Prize too?
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Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre has already been awarded a Design of the Year gong, can it snag the RIBA International Prize too?
Inside the Heydar Aliyev Centre 
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Inside the Heydar Aliyev Centre 
Commissioned to celebrate Azerbaijan's authoritarian leader Heydar Aliyev, the building's construction was marred by reports of human rights violations
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Commissioned to celebrate Azerbaijan's authoritarian leader Heydar Aliyev, the building's construction was marred by reports of human rights violations
Located in Mexico City, David Chipperfield Architects' Museo Jumex is home to the world's largest private collection of contemporary Latin American art
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Located in Mexico City, David Chipperfield Architects' Museo Jumex is home to the world's largest private collection of contemporary Latin American art
Museo Jumex features a distinctive sawtooth roof
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Museo Jumex features a distinctive sawtooth roof
Museo Jumex is designed to offer a quiet place of contemplation compared to Mexico City's famously bustling street life
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Museo Jumex is designed to offer a quiet place of contemplation compared to Mexico City's famously bustling street life
Inside Museo Jumex
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Inside Museo Jumex
The Stormen Concert Hall and Library is a new community focus for a small town, with two new civic buildings in Bodø, inside the Arctic Circle
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The Stormen Concert Hall and Library is a new community focus for a small town, with two new civic buildings in Bodø, inside the Arctic Circle
Stormen Concert Hall and Library is DRDH’s first major building commission
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Stormen Concert Hall and Library is DRDH’s first major building commission
Stormen Concert Hall and Library is expertly stitched into the existing urban fabric
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Stormen Concert Hall and Library is expertly stitched into the existing urban fabric
To adequately represent the sheer horror of World War I while remaining duly respectful is no easy task, but the Ring of Remembrance pulls it off
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To adequately represent the sheer horror of World War I while remaining duly respectful is no easy task, but the Ring of Remembrance pulls it off
The Ring of Remembrance has 600,000 names of fallen soldiers inscribed in it
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The Ring of Remembrance has 600,000 names of fallen soldiers inscribed in it
The Ring of Remembrance is located in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, France
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The Ring of Remembrance is located in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, France
The Ring of Remembrance
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The Ring of Remembrance
The Ring of Remembrance has 600,000 names of fallen soldiers inscribed in it
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The Ring of Remembrance has 600,000 names of fallen soldiers inscribed in it
The  UTEC in Lima is a new faculty for a 50 year old engineering university
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The  UTEC in Lima is a new faculty for a 50 year old engineering university
The UTEC was designed by Grafton Architects 
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The UTEC was designed by Grafton Architects 
The UTEC's concrete form is described as a powerful statement for Peru by RIBA's judges
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The UTEC's concrete form is described as a powerful statement for Peru by RIBA's judges
Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) is located in The Azores
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) is located in The Azores
Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) involved restoring the site of an 1890ssweet potato distillery
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) involved restoring the site of an 1890ssweet potato distillery
Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) was constructed over three years
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) was constructed over three years
Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) has, according to RIBA, made a substantial impact on the local community
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre (Menos é Mais) has, according to RIBA, made a substantial impact on the local community

The prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a brand new architecture award: the RIBA International Prize. The finalists consist of six high-profile projects from around the globe that RIBA feels exemplify the best in modern public architecture.

The six finalists were chosen from a total of 30 entries hailing from five continents. RIBA's judges will now travel to visit each shortlisted building in person and the winner will be announced on November 24.

We've picked out some highlights below, but be sure to head to our gallery for a look at all of the nominees.

Heydar Aliyev Centre – Zaha Hadid Architects

Commissioned to celebrate Azerbaijan's authoritarian leader Heydar Aliyev, the building's construction was marred by reports of human rights violations
Commissioned to celebrate Azerbaijan's authoritarian leader Heydar Aliyev, the building's construction was marred by reports of human rights violations

We've enthused about Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre several times now and it remains a magnificent building.

Commissioned to celebrate Azerbaijan's authoritarian leader Heydar Aliyev, its design serves as a break from Azerbaijan's impressive Soviet-era architecture and features a graceful and flowing form that belies the significant engineering work that went into it, including a large space frame system. The brilliant white cladding serves as a landmark for Baku and the building attracts over 1,000 visitors a day.

Museo Jumex - David Chipperfield Architects

Museo Jumex is designed to offer a quiet place of contemplation compared to Mexico City's famously bustling street life
Museo Jumex is designed to offer a quiet place of contemplation compared to Mexico City's famously bustling street life

Located in Mexico City, David Chipperfield Architects' Museo Jumex is home to the world's largest private collection of contemporary Latin American art.

The museum is intended to offer visitors a quiet place of contemplation away from Mexico City's bustling streets. The interior's large public space is split between three levels and filled with light thanks to natural glazing and skylights. The building is topped by a distinctive sawtooth roof.

The Ring of Remembrance – AAP

The Ring of Remembrance is located in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, France
The Ring of Remembrance is located in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, France

To adequately represent the sheer horror of World War I in architectural form while remaining duly respectful is no easy task, but Notre-Dame-de-Lorette's Ring of Remembrance memorial, by Agence d'architecture Philippe Prost achieves it.

The unification of former enemies is represented by carving the names of 600,000 fallen soldiers into the concrete ring, ignoring their nationality, creed, or rank.

Source: RIBA

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