Wilkinson Eyre’s Guangzhou tower wins Lubetkin Prize

Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China by Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the RIBA’s 2012 Lubetkin Prize for the best new international building.

The main tower contains 66 floors of offices and 38 floors of a Four Seasons hotel arranged around a dramatic tapering atrium.

The diagrid structure provides inherent stiffness and strength. Each diamond is 54m and 12 storeys high, reducing the amount of steel required for the construction by 20%.

The RIBA website stated: “This is a hugely complex project that appears to be extraordinarily simple, like most of the best things in life.”

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