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Holiday home wins Britain's biggest architecture prize

It is the first time a house has collected the prestigious award. Credit: Riba

A holiday home built within a ruined 12th century castle was tonight handed Britain's biggest architecture award, the Riba Stirling Prize - the first time a conservation project has triumphed.

Astley Castle in Warwickshire - wrecked by a fire in 1978 - had been in danger of collapse until it was brought back to life by the £1.35 million building project for the Landmark Trust.

Judges of the prize said the winning design dealt with the ruins with "intelligence and practicality", and adding to them architecture which is "rich, visually beautiful and tactile".

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Patriarch of modern architecture Oscar Niemeyer dies

Oscar Niemeyer Credit: REUTERS/Jamil Bittar

The Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has died aged 104, according to Brazil's Globo television.

Niemeyer was a patriarch of modern architecture who designed the main buildings of Brazil's futuristic capital Brasilia and left a worldwide legacy of design.

He left his stylistic imprint around the world with distinctive and often curvy space-age style.

His glass and white-concrete buildings include the United Nations Secretariat in New York, the Communist Party headquarters in Paris and Brasilia's Roman Catholic Cathedral.

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