Lubetkin Prize 2008 winner

Casa Kike, a private house in Cahuita, Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architects has scooped the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) prestigious Lubetkin Prize,The award, sponsored by Mercedes, is for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the EU by an RIBA member.

The presentation of the prize formed the climax of the RIBA National and International Awards dinner and ceremony, held at the London Park Lane Hilton Hotel tonight (Friday 27 June 2008), during the London Festival of Architecture. Winners of the RIBA National Awards and RIBA European Awards were also announced at the ceremony.

Speaking about the building, the Lubetkin Prize judge and RIBA president, Sunand Prasad said:

"This year's judges visited a gallery in the United States, a private house in Costa Rica and a British High Commission in Uganda and survived to report back to me and a panel of two other architects – Glenn Howells and Denise Bennetts – on what they had seen.

My congratulations to Gianni Botsford, whose house for his father, shows that sometimes the best architecture can be small in scale but big in architectural ambition."

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