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Galaxy Soho, Beijing shortlisted for 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

Galaxy Soho, Beijing by Zaha Hadid Architects has been shortlisted for this year’s 2013 Lubetkin Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Named in honour of Berthold Lubetkin who established the influential Tecton Group in London during the 1930’s, the RIBA Lubetkin Prize is awarded to the architect of the year’s best International Award winning building.

In their citation when awarding Galaxy Soho with an International Award earlier this year, the RIBA said Galaxy Soho in Beijing to be “distinctly urban rather than suburban, civic as much as it is commercial… By breaking the building’s mass into four flowing asymmetric domes of varying height the design gets light into the deep-plan floor-plates. Each structure encloses a glazed atrium around which the internal circulation is arranged. Flowing bands of white aluminium and glass give the development an almost geological solidity and presence.”

The winner of the RIBA Lubetkin Prize will be announced on 26 September 2013.

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