1996 in architecture
The year 1996 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.
- June 30 – The historic Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, designed by architect Wayne McAllister, is demolished.
- date unknown
- The Stirling Prize is instituted in memory of James Stirling. The first winner is Stephen Hodder for the Centenary Building, University of Salford, Greater Manchester (opened in the same year).
- Eden Project, Cornwall near St Austell is designed by Nicholas Grimshaw (completed 2001).
- The Pringle Richards Sharratt partnership is established in London.
Buildings and structuresEdit
- March 15 – Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, designed by Søren Robert Lund.
- May 26 – Hong Kong China Temple, Hong Kong (inaugurated).
- October 3 – Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, designed by Mario Botta.
- November – Museum für Gegenwart (contemporary art museum) in former Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, converted by Josef Paul Kleihues.
- Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.
- Fruit Museum, Yamanashi, Japan, designed by Itsuko Hasegawa.
- Aukrust Centre, Alvdal, Norway, designed by Sverre Fehn.
- Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Denton Corker Marshall.
- Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, designed by K. Y. Cheung Design Associates, the tallest building in Asia until it is surpassed the following year.
- Therme Vals in Switzerland, designed by Peter Zumthor.
- The Dancing House (Nationale-Nederlanden building) in Prague, designed by Vlado Milunić with Frank Gehry.
- Maggie's Centre, Edinburgh, a drop-in cancer care centre; building conversion by Richard Murphy.
- Orphanage (first stage), Chhebetor, Nepal, designed by Hans Olav Hesseberg and Sixten Rahiff of Bergen School of Architecture.
- 81 Mill Street, Osney, Oxford, England, a house designed for himself by Adrian James.
- American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal – Philip Johnson.
- Architecture Firm Award – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
- European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (Mies van der Rohe Prize) – Dominique Perrault for Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
- Grand prix national de l'architecture – Bernard Tschumi.
- Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate – Tadao Ando.
- Pritzker Prize – Rafael Moneo.
- Prix de l'Équerre d'Argent – Pierre-Louis Faloci.
- RAIA Gold Medal – Denton Corker Marshall.
- RIBA Royal Gold Medal – Harry Seidler.
- Stirling Prize – Stephen Hodder, Centenary Building, University of Salford.
- Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture – Jane Jacobs.
- Twenty-five Year Award – United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel.
- UIA Gold Medal – Rafael Moneo.
- February 14 – Alejandro de la Sota, Spanish architect (born 1913)
- May 19 – Roy Mason, American lecturer, writer and futuristic architect (born 1938)
- July 17 – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect (born 1900)
- July 27 – Dame Jane Drew, English modernist architect and town planner (born 1911)
- November 23 – Ralph Tubbs, British architect, designer of the Dome of Discovery at the Festival of Britain (born 1912)