The winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2102 is Chinese architect Wang Shu, for the Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008, Ningbo, China.
The judges citation reads:-
Wang Shu´s buildings have a very rare attribute—a commanding and even, at times, monumental presence, while functioning superbly and creating a calm environment for life and daily activities. The History Museum at Ningbo is one of those unique buildings that while striking in photos, is even more moving when experienced. The museum is an urban icon, a well-tuned repository for history and a setting where the visitor comes first. The richness of the spatial experience, both in the exterior and interior is remarkable. This building embodies strength, pragmatism and emotion all in one.
brockholes nature reserve visitor centre, preston….
building magazine sustainable project of the year….
the world’s largest solar furnace is located in Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, a commune in the sunny Pyrenees mountains on the French-Spanish border….
the furnace consists of a field of 10,000 mirrors that bounce the sun’s rays onto a large concave mirror which focuses the enormous amount of sunlight onto an area roughly the size of a cooking pot which reaches temperatures above 3,000 °c or 5,430 degrees fahrenheit.
the basket building, ohio, usa…
is a local landmark and a well-known example of novelty architecture….
the basket handles weigh almost 150 tons and can be heated during cold weather to prevent ice damage….
it is the headquarters of the longaberger company who manufacture handcrafted maple wood baskets….
a riverside residence in surlingham, norfolk….
five bedrooms of thatched perfection and available now for 1.9million…. gbp….
bt tower london, formerly the post office tower….
the main structure is 177 metres, with a further section of aerial rigging bringing the total height to 189 metres….
In 1962, while still under construction, the bt tower overtook st paul’s cathedral to become the tallest building in london….a title it held until 1980, when it was overtaken by the natwest tower….
the tower was commissioned by the general post office (gpo)…..its primary purpose was to support the microwave aerials then used to carry telecommunications traffic from london to the rest of the country, as part of the british telecom microwave network….
the bt tower was given grade II listed building status in 2003….several of the defunct antennas located on the building could not be removed as they were protected by this listing….
however permission for the removal of the defunct antennas was approved on safety grounds as they were in a bad state of repair and its fixings were no longer secure…. as of december 2011 the last of the antennas has been removed, leaving the core of the tower visible….
the titanic museum, belfast….one….
opened on 31st march 2112….
to mark one hundred years since one of the world’s worst peacetime disasters….
the museum is shaped like four ships’ hulls (which are all the same size as the original) that project from an inner glass cube….
but perhaps the sheer, shimmering aluminium cladding gives more the appearance of the iceberg rather than the white star liner….
the manchester civil justice centre (2007)
the building is notable for the “fingers” at each end that are cantilevered over the lower levels….
on the western side is an 11,000-square-metre suspended glass wall, the largest in europe….
it is the first major court complex in britain since george edmund street’s royal courts of justice in the strand….