RIBA announces the winners of the 2021 International prizes
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Friendship Hospital in Bangladesh designed by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA as winner of the RIBA International Prize 2021, architecture’s highest global accolade for design excellence and social impact.
The remote community hospital, set in the water-laden landscape of south-west Bangladesh, delivers essential healthcare services to local communities providing a medical lifeline for thousands of people in an area of the coast that was heavily affected by a major cyclone in 2007. Lauded for the care and humanity at the heart of its design, the building responds innovatively to the challenging environmental conditions of the Bengal, a fragile and dynamic environment, directly impacted, without protection, to rising sea levels.
Hooba Design Group has won the RIBA International Emerging Architect 2021 for The Kohan Ceram Central Office Building, an office building with an internal and external structure built with a unique perforated brick. The biennial prize celebrates the design innovators of tomorrow. Situated alongside the Sattari highway in Tehran, the architect’s innovative approach to the single use of brick, stretches the creative possibilities of the material to create a homogenous and harmonising structure that divides the busy motorway and the residential neighbourhood.
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Image credit: Friendship Hospital, Satkhira, Bangladesh, Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA. Photograph by Asif Salman Courtesy of URBANA