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Named the most beautiful and comfortable buildings in the world

There are several prestigious awards in the world architecture. One of them is the RIBA International Prize established by the Royal Institute of British Architects. There are several nominations in the competition, buildings from all over the world are participating in the international competition, and the winner is determined every two years. In November 2018, the time is right to announce the best architectural project. We bring to your attention the four finalists. These buildings are recognized as ideal and will fight for the prize winner.

1. College of Music, Japan
The building consists of several separate buildings connected to each other, and it seems to be porous itself – it consists of many cells. The creators have moved away from the usual understanding of what a music school should be: it is not conservative, but, on the contrary, ultra-modern.

Instrument classes and vocal rooms are perfectly soundproofed. Some of the walls are transparent. All this was done thanks to modern materials, avoiding the feeling of “solitary chambers”, which is often present in music schools because of their thick soundproof walls.

The building has three levels – one underground and two above ground. Rooms for individual lessons are located on the top floor, and for ensembles and choirs – on the basement, because there is better sound insulation.

The building fit perfectly in the low-rise suburb of Tokyo. It is noted that when creating a project, the architectural group actively used computer programs.

2. Building of the Central European University, Vengri
The campus of the educational institution in Budapest initially included a new and an old building, which were not combined with each other. The task of the architects was, on the one hand, to include the project in the urban environment, and on the other, to connect the buildings so that they looked harmonious together, not standing out in a series of historical buildings of the capital.

The new building is made of local limestone (a very popular building material in Budapest), concrete, wood and brick, and externally, as well as proportions, ideally fit into the local architectural style. Inside are a library, rooms for self-study, conferences.

The old building, located nearby, was rebuilt by the architects, filling it with original stairs, making an atrium in it and arranging the upper floors under the audience. Both buildings, architects and innovators united by a common terrace, which is an excellent observation deck and a place filled with greenery.

3. The hostel in the “children’s village”, Brazil
This “village” in the Brazilian microregion Rio Formoso is intended for more than seven hundred children of different ages attending the local farmer boarding school.

The school administration appealed to the designers with a request to help them create a more comfortable environment for the children, which would take into account the individuality of each child and enable the student to retire. In its old form, the village could not provide such conditions for children — for example, they slept in rooms with 20 bunk beds — what privacy is there for?

This project is a new format – “study as a residence”. Creating an ideal space for teenagers, the authors of the project worked closely with both children and teachers and local authorities, conducting seminars during which they found out what the students really need and what their problems are.

The authors of the project offered children a light, air-filled wooden building with six-person numbers and divided into boys and girls’ zones.

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