Peter Stutchbury’s Invisible House has just fallen short of being named a finalist for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) inaugural International Prize.

Despite not making the list of six finalists, the 2014 Australian House of the Year was the only Australian project to be named by RIBA on an extended shortlist as a testament to the high quality of nominated projects.  

In May, RIBA announced a selection of 30 buildings in the running to win the International Prize, one of which was Stutchbury’s project. 

Last year, Stutchbury was one of nine non-UK architects honoured by RIBA with a 2016 RIBA International Fellowship.


Open to qualified architects worldwide, the prize aims to name the world’s “most significant and inspirational” building. Criteria includes the demonstration of “visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context.”

"Our panel of jurors have been particularly impressed by the way in which each building reacts to, resolves and assimilates into the varying geographies and contexts - from dense urban cities to a small town in the Arctic Circle," said RIBA President Jane Duncan. "Each project resolves the complex demands of its context with ingenuity, exceptional detail and finishing and a sensitivity to the needs of the users and communities which will inhabit these spaces."

The winner will be announced on 24 November 2016.

The six finalists are:

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre, The Azores by Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados and João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto
Photography by Jose Campos

Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku, Azerbaijan by Zaha Hadid Architects and DiA Holding
Image: Hufton + Crow

Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico by David Chipperfield Architects and Taller Abierto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo
Photography by Simon Menges

Stormen Concert Hall, Theatre and Public Library, Bodø, Norway by DRDH Architects
Photography by David Grandorge

The Ring of Remembrance, International WWI Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France by Agence d'Architecture Philippe Prost
Photography by Aitor Ortiz

UTEC Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia, Peru by Lima Grafton Architects and Shell Arquitectos
Photography by Iwan Baan