The award was presented on October 14 for the 11th time, and for the first time - to the building of Richard Rogers. It should be noted that among the six nominees for the award was another building by this architect - the National Assembly for Wales. Thus, his chances of winning were higher than those of the other finalists. But the “favorite” of all experts who tried to predict the development of events this year was the building of Zaha Hadid - her Fano Center in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The jury, justifying its decision, noted the impressive scale and complexity of Terminal 4, the efficiency of regulating the movement of passengers and their luggage in the huge complex, and at the same time the elegance of solving a clear sequence of the interior spaces of the structure.
The rainbow color palette used for the metal supports helps passengers navigate the airport, while the graceful curved roof visually unites the enormous length of the building.
The winners of several RIBA Minor Awards were also announced at the announcement and presentation ceremony. One of them became a sort of consolation prize for David Adjaye, who was nominated for the Sterling Prize with his Idea Store library on Whitechapel Road: his building was noted as “the most versatile project”.