Middle East buildings fail to make RIBA Lubetkin shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s RIBA Lubetkin Prize – for buildings outside the EU – has been announced, with no projects from the Middle East making the cut.

Foster + Partners is in the running with its Sperone Westwater gallery in New York City (image by Nigel Young).

China’s Guangzhou International Finance Centre, China, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects is also up for the award, as is  SCDA Architects’ residential tower One KL in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

Solaris, a science research and development centre in Singapore by TR Hamzah and Yeang and CPG, completes the shortlist.

“We have four highly experienced architecture practices on the 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist offering sophisticated yet lively responses to complex and very different sites,” commented Angela Brady, president of RIBA.

“These cutting-edge buildings show the leading role that architects play in creating low-energy living and working spaces, even in extreme environmental conditions.”

The winner will be announced at the Stirling Prize Awards Ceremony on 13 October in Manchester, UK