Wednesday, 4 July 2007

RIBA Awards 2007

The 2007 RIBA national and international awards were announced and I have to say that my favorite is America's Cup Building designed by David Chipperfield Architects and b720 Arquitectos. Located in Valencia, Spain... it's a VIP base for a new international sailing event that provides Cup teams and sponsors massive shaded terraces for viewing the racecourse as well as restaurants and lounge areas. The ground floor is made more public by integrating it with the surrounding area by having cafes and restaurants that are more accessible.

What I really like about the building is that even though its located near the sea, and even though its to accommodate a sailing event... the designers did not feel obligated to shape the building into something like a boat, a sail or a canoe to make it look attractive... If that building was in our gulf... it would definitely look like a "banoosh".

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