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Thu Nov 24, 2016, 06:44 AM

Riba architecture prize won by 'modern Machu Picchu'

Riba architecture prize won by 'modern Machu Picchu'


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Iwan Baan
The university is situated on the edge of a ravine in the Barranco district of Lima


A university building in Peru designed by a female-led Irish firm has won the first Royal Institute of British Architects global architecture prize.

The Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (UTEC) in Lima was described by Riba as "inspirational" and a "bold new addition to the city skyline".

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The high-rise UTEC building, designed by Dublin-based Grafton Architects, was described by the Riba jury as "a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos" which resembles a "modern day Machu Picchu".

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UTEC's chief executive Carlos Heeren said: "Its open spaces push their ideas to new limits, its solid structure makes them feel safe to explore and take risks, and its elegant lines remind us all that beauty can be found even in concrete."

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http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38076036

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Sat Nov 26, 2016, 12:11 AM

1. Perus brutalist temple to engineering

Peru’s brutalist temple to engineering
Friday 25 Nov 2016



The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima, designed by Grafton Architects is an inspirational new building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold new addition to the city skyline. The Ireland-based architecture firm Grafton Architects in collaboration with local partners, Shell Arquitectos have created a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engineering university, established to give young Peruvians access to qualifications, professional opportunities and to encourage social mobility.

Speaking about the building, the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) said: “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture - a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.

Sitting on the border of two residential districts in Lima, in section UTEC perches tantalizingly on the edge of a ravine. Seen from across the ravine it is as bold and as pure a statement of the symbiosis between architecture and engineering as could be imagined; a piece of geology imposed on its pivotal site, mirroring the organic curve of the landscape and accommodating itself in the city. To its close neighbours, it is a series of landscaped terraces with clefts, overhangs and grottos, a modern day Machu Picchu.

UTEC has been designed to encourage its students to interact in a unique way with the building. The vertical structure provides open circulation and meeting spaces in a succession of platforms that compose the ‘frame’ of the building; teaching rooms, laboratories and offices are enclosed, inserted into and suspended from the exposed concrete structure. The frame is a device providing shade, a place of rich spatial exuberance and a platform from which to view the life of the city. The entire life of this vertical campus is on full display to the people of Lima.

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http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/project/2016/27299/grafton-architects/university-building-in-lima.html

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Thu Dec 1, 2016, 08:03 PM

2. Modern day Machu Picchu is the worlds best building

Modern day Machu Picchu’ is the world’s best building

December 2, 2016 Culture, Design, Environment, Living
By Star2.com


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Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (Utec) in Lima, Peru, designed by Grafton Architects, won the first ever RIBA International Prize last week.

The Royal Institute of British Architects’ (Riba) prize was judged by a grand jury chaired by world-renowned architect Richard Rogers. The venerable institute’s first ever international prize was announced in December 2015 and drew hundreds of entries from 50 countries.

Utec is an inspirational new building in the Barranco district of Lima and a bold new addition to the city skyline. The Ireland-based architecture firm Grafton Architects in collaboration with local partners, Shell Arquitectos, created a new campus building for Lima’s specialist engineering university, established to give young Peruvians access to qualifications, professional opportunities and to encourage social mobility.

Speaking about the building when the prize was awarded on Nov 24, the Riba jury said: “UTEC is an exceptional example of civil architecture – a building designed with people at its heart. Grafton Architects have created a new way to think about a university campus, with a distinctive ‘vertical campus’ structure responding to the temperate climatic conditions and referencing Peru’s terrain and heritage.

Read more at http://www.star2.com/culture/design/2016/12/02/riba-international-prize-winner-utec-lima/#2z2gHhT6ywVfs3z7.99

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