These two Singapore buildings are nominated for a new global architecture award, the RIBA International Prize, given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA International Prize will be awarded in December this year to the most significant and inspirational building of the year. 

Park Royal on Pickering
Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall

PARKROYAL on Pickering by WOHA Architects Pte. Ltd.
Built: 2012

WOHA are advocates of a “Green City” and the concept initiated here is of hotel as garden.

The building demonstrates that increased density can come with an increase in amenity; it is possible to not only conserve greenery in the city centre but to actually increase it. Indeed, the building extends the existing park, folding it up vertically into the building with a total of 15,000m2 of skygardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls created; this is double the site area or equivalent to the footprint of the adjacent Hong Lim Park.


Skyterrace at Dawson
Photo: Aaron Pocock

SCDA Architects Pte Ltd
Built: 2015

Prompted by a huge population increase and a strong need for public housing, at its inception the SkyTerrace had three key ideas: housing in a park, connectivity to surroundings and multi-generational living.

"Housing-in-a-park" – the SkyTerrace exhibits lush cascading roof gardens which can be traced from the landscaping of the ground plane as it travels up the building facades in the form of green terracing to green sky terraces that span between the towers.

Connectivity to surroundings – the precinct is composed of five residential 40/43 storey towers and a 4-storey linear car-park podium. The residential towers and car-park podium are connected by sky-bridges at every level enabling the residents to have an uninterrupted covered entry journey from the car parks to the lift lobbies and to their apartments.

Asia was also represented by buildings from Vietnam, China and Japan, here they are!

Angdong Hospital
Photo: Rural Urban Framework

Angdong Hospital (Baojing County, China)
Rural Urban Framework
Built: 2013
Purpose: Hospital


Farming Kindergarten
Photo: Hiroyuki Oki

Farming Kindergarten (Bien Hoa City, Vietnam)
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Built: 2013
Purpose: Welfare Facility


jockey club innovation tower
Photo: Iwan Baan

Jockey Club Innovation Tower (Hung Hom, Hong Kong)
Zaha Hadid Architects
Built: 2014
Purpose: Education – University


Photo: Simon Menges

Office Building Moganshan Road (Hangshou, China)
David Chipperfield Architects Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Built: 2013
Purpose: Office Block


Oita Prefecture Art Museum
Photo: Hiroyuki Hirai

Oita Prefecture Art Museum
Oita, Japan
Shigeru Ban Architects
Built: 2014
Purpose: Museum – Public

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