Brazilian architects bag RIBA International Prize

Children Village, by Rosenbaum & Aleph Zero

Rainforest-edge school scheme beats O’Donnell & Tuomey and Nikken Sekkei projects

A school complex designed by Brazilian architects Aleph Zero and Rosenbaum has won 2018’s RIBA International Prize.

The practices’ Children Village project, on the edge of the rainforest in northern Brazil, beat entries by O’Donnell & Tuomey, Nikken Sekkei and Boeri Studio in the judgement of a jury chaired by Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio & Renfro.

Designed to provide boarding accommodation for 540 children aged between 13 and 18 who attend the Canuanã School, the 25,000sq m project is one of 40 schools funded and run by the Bradesco Foundation. Pupils at the school come from remote areas of the country, many of them travelling for hours by boat.

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