Archiprix International 2013: nominated projects and participants favourites

from right to left: Susan Herrington, Kritstin Jarmund, Lesley Lokko, Yuri Grigoryan, Hubert Klumpner (seen on the back)

In October the jury of the Archiprix International 2013 met at the Moscow Architecture Institute MARHI in Moscow. After two intense days of reviewing Yuri Grigoryan, Susan Herrington, Kristin Jarmund, Hubert Klumpner and Lesley Lokko nominated 25 projects for an award.

The jury noticed that many graduation projects show a great sense for social issues, and address issues that are very relevant for the profession. Schools worldwide seem to shift the focus from designing icons to relevant new tasks, as for example shown in the increasing number of graduation projects that deals with existing buildings, re-use and transformations. The winners of the Hunter Douglas Awards will be announced at the Award ceremony in the Central House of Artists in Moscow on May 24th 2013.
Every edition the participants are asked to vote for their favourite project. Most of the participants of the Archiprix 2013 selected their favourite projects in the past months. The list of participants favourites publishes below the list of the nominated projects includes the 21 projects with 10 or more votes. The nominees, participants favourites and a wide range of projects that are much appreciated by the participants will be presented in the book Archiprix International 2013, to be published in May 2013.

NOMINATIONS for the Hunter Douglas Awards
(in alphabetical order)
'quotes presented by jurymember Lesley Lokko at the Award Ceremony'

Mirna Ondina Venegas Olivares > Balcony faced to an urban quotidian
Universidad Andres Bello, Facultad de Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño, Viña del Mar Chile
'Local conditions produce local responses and it was fascinating to see how the fragility of the natural world (earthquakes, tsunamis, for example) has become a powerful generator of architectural ideas and solutions: this was an exquisitely detailed, very thorough investigation of an urban condition affected by an earthquake, resulting in a new, innovative urban typology.'

Jurie Johannes Swart > Borderline - Mediated landscape
The University of the Free State, Department of Architecture, Bloemfontein South Africa
'A very bold, very dramatic exploration of bio-mimicry, the act and art of looking to biology for methodologies applicable to architecture. This detailed investigation of intelligent skins provided a beautifully expressed rationale for a building that sits both on and in the water.'

Gabriele Molfetta > central©ities
Università di Genova, Facoltà di Architettura, Genova Italy
'One of those projects that looks deceptively simple – at least visually – until you get to the detail. Wonderfully inventive, witty, not afraid to tackle the largest scale of all – the urban realm – but with the same sensitivity and attention to detail that you might find in the smallest scale, the living organism. Plus a really great author photo.'

Newton Costa > Cidade Nova
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Rio De Janeiro Brazil
'A wonderfully bold and thorough investigation of an existing urban condition resulting in a proposal that makes use of that often-forgotten aspect of the urban realm – infrastructure. It’s unusual for students to grapple with something as unwieldy and complex as road and rail infrastructure but this project did so with aplomb.'

Andreas Brinkmann > cip - centro per l'innovazione piemonte
Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Fakultät 2/ Architektur Bauingenieurwesen Stadtplanung, Cottbus Germany
'This was perhaps the most classically architectonic of all the entries, a beautifully handled, spatially sensitive and environmentally-aware project in a spectacular setting overlooking a lake and it very quickly turned the jury conversation round to a real spatial discussion – plans, sections, sequence of spaces, materials, and so on – which was unusual in a day of more conceptual, social and political concerns.'

Jonathan Schofield > Creative Evolution
The University of Westminster, School of Architecture & Built Environment, London England
'Stunning graphics, a real, intuitive flair for 3-D modelling and a sophisticated brief combined in this project to produce a series of compelling spatial explorations. It was also a sensitive exploration of a sensitive topic – what happens to communities when their primary industries move off-shore.'

Daniel Reist > Discovery of slowness
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture, Vienna Austria
'An unusual project in that it looked at one of the most complex architectures around – a ship – and produced a series of spaces that celebrate a different type of time – slow, sedate, smooth . . . again, wonderful graphics that gave a real insight into the spatial sophistication that the student managed to achieve.'

Felipe Alfonso Grallert > Farm School
Universidad Austral de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingeniería, Instituto de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Valdivia Chile
'At the other end of the scale of road and rail, this rural project featured a stunning landscape, simple-but-evocative forms and a sensitive, innovative approach to the relationship between rural and urban ways of living.'

 Niels Groeneveld > Food For Thought
Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of the built Environment, Eindhoven Netherlands
'From a stunning, deceptively simple first image that depicted the global food chain, a sophisticated project emerged that questioned the relationship between urban and rural, the pastoral and the productive and the nature of food, both leisure activity and daily necessity.'

 Paolo arch. De Michele > A Football Stadium as a Sea Architecture
Università di Napoli II, Facoltà di Architettura, Aversa (Caserta) Italy
'Following the previous project, this was an entry that delighted the practising architects amongst us – a bold, technically sophisticated and spatially interesting project that bridged the divide between land and sea, performance and spectator.'

Gregor Fasching > a house for Anajo
Technische Universität Wien, Fakultät für Architektur und Raumplanung, Vienna Austria
'The jury were immediately charmed by this modest but delightful proposal for a two-storey building in rammed earth and bamboo in rural Brazil. Ignoring all the pre-conceived ideas about working in the NGO sector, the project showed that beauty, thoughtfulness and innovation are not the preserves of wealth and power.'

Anna Arch. Perino, Francesca Arch. Ronco > [In]formal Jo'burg
Politecnico di Torino, I Facoltà di Architettura, Torino Italy
'Far from being informal, this was a sophisticated response to a complex situation, both in spatial and cultural terms, that the students handled with sensitivity and humility, qualities that are far too often absent when foreigners attempt to either understand a local situation, or make proposals within it. A mature, sensitive and bold proposition for a difficult site and context.'

Stelios Psaltis > Inhabiting Fragile Territories
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of engineering, School of Architecture, Thessaloniki Greece
'A thoughtful, beautifully expressed and rigorously explored project that looked to the natural world and its internal, sometimes schizophrenic, sometimes benign manifestations as the generator of architectural form.'

An Tien Vu > Land For Life
Ecole d'Architecture de Ho Chi Minh Ville, Faculty of Architecture, Ho Chi Minh Ville Vietnam
'Seductive drawings, careful analysis and outstanding means of representation underpinned this project’s commitment to exploring cultural identity in all its complexity, in a terrain that few of us will have seen, never mind experienced. Some of the most memorable images from the jury process were seen here.'

Hugon Kowalski > Let's talk about garbage...
Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Faculty of Architecture and design, Poznan Poland
'This was one of those projects that works at all levels: from the first impression to the last. Imaginative, innovative, incredible graphics and a fresh, insightful and witty look at a very worthy and disturbing topic – outstanding.'

Yongming CHEN, Yanming CHENG, Zhen LI > Long Collective House
Huaqiao University, Faculty of Architecture, Xiamen China
'This was a wonderfully refreshing contribution from China. Modest in its approach and representation, but executed with real depth and conviction, this proposal sought to balance old and new ways of living, pointing to a future template for multi-generational, modern, urban living spaces.'

Camiel Van Noten > Macro-lots
Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven K.U.L., Faculteit der Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Departement Architectuur Stedenbouw en Ruimtelijke ordening, Heverlee Belgium
'I think we probably spent more time on this project than any other, partly because its beauty lay in its detail, and partly because the student didn’t rely on fancy graphics to ‘sell’ his project. Instead, it was a confident, rigorous approach to urban design that placed power and responsibility back into the hands of individuals, ensuring a commitment to the urban environment that is often sadly lacking.'

Greta Dipl.Ing. Tiedje, Lisa Dipl.Ing. Tiedje > Marrakech
Universität der Künste Berlin
, Gestaltung Fachbereich 2 - Architektur, Berlin Germany
'Beautifully depicted, deceptively simple and wonderfully poetic, this was one of those projects that you immediately want to visit – the jury were unanimous in their appreciation of the skilful weaving together of folklore, place and programme into a project that simultaneously celebrates the past whilst looking squarely into the future.'

David Adrian OReilly > A Mausoleum for Vatnajokull
University of Glasgow / The Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow Scotland
'Perfectly sited, perfectly handled, perfectly executed, with some outstanding representations, this was a marvellous, evocative example of ‘less is more’. The jury were pretty much unanimous in its assessment of this thoughtful, sensitive approach to landscape, memory and monument, both in terms of their relationship to visitors and their meaning to local inhabitants.'

Fredy Holzer Feliu >Memorial and cultural center
Universidad Central, Facultad Arquitectura Urbanismo y Paisaje, Santiago Chile
'This was a very moving, very sensitive exploration of memory, history and identity in a country that is still coming to terms with a difficult past. Too often the term ‘cultural centre’ is a loose, woolly definition that tries to encompass everything – in this case, the opposite occurred – a specific time, a specific place, specific materials . . . beautifully handled.'

Susana Sepulveda General > Pabellón Reciclaciudad
University of Talca, School of Architecture, Talca Chile
'In similar territory, this modest but powerful project looked at the issues surrounding waste management and in the process, came up with an inventive, low-cost but high-impact system that literally jumped off the page. Another project that generated much discussion, it was great to see the underbelly of architecture tackled with such wit.'

Paco Hernandez, Lucas Mateo > Rudimentario
Universidad de la Republica - Uruguay, Facultad de Arquitectura, Montevideo Uruguay
'Proof that architects don’t have to confine their enquiries to the rational and the tangible. This delightfully witty, literary and theoretical project was a delight on so many levels: as a book, as a proposition, as a set of ideas . . . rigorously pursued and executed.'

Rayson Kan > Sawmill Lodge
The National University of Singapore, Department of Architecture, Singapore Singapore
'We were all very taken by this rigorous, modernist project that sought to balance tourism and production in a rural setting in Bhutan. With its emphasis on honesty, both materially and conceptually, it presented a fascinating model for eco-tourism, proving again that good design can be found everywhere, even in the most remote and simple of places.'

Ruth Lanting > SPLASH Mumbai!
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Delft Netherlands
'A great example of First World resources meets Third World context; real, imaginative, sensitive and propositional, this project also generated much discussion about the ‘right’ of Western-trained architects and urban planners to intervene in situations far removed from their own.'

Almudena Cano Pineiro > Urban Strategies to Regenerate Indian public Space
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid Spain
'Another example of a student from a European context studying, working and analysing a ‘developing nation’ context, in this case, Ahmedabad. The drawings required intense concentration and study and revealed a smart, locally sensitive but forward-looking approach to the age-old question of how modernity and local tradition co-exist.'


Camila da Rocha Thiesen > Urban recycling: library-park as the regenerating element (20 votes)
Centro Universitário Ritter dos Reis, Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Porto Alegre Brazil

Jonathan Schofield > Creative Evolution (19 votes)
The University of Westminster, School of Architecture & Built Environment, London England

Almudena Cano Pineiro > Urban Strategies to Regenerate Indian public Space (19 votes)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid Spain

Evelyn Temmel, Bernhard Luthringshausen Casablanca - The Geography of Density (18 votes)
Technische Universität Graz, Fakultät für Architektur, Graz Austria

Juan Pablo Accotto, Mauro Ivan Barrio, Matias Damian Martin > SED (18 votes)
Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño, Córdoba Argentina

Cliff Gouws > Magazine Hill: A weathered continuum (17 votes)
University of Pretoria, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Pretoria South Africa

Julian Busch > Aerotopos (15 votes)
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Fakultät Architektur, Bauingenieurwesen und Umweltwissenschafte, Fachrichting Architektur, Braunschweig Germany

Daniel Reist > Discovery of slowness (15 votes)
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Architecture, Vienna Austria

Marcel Matusz > Eco-Village Wroclaw (15 votes)
Wroclaw University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Wroclaw Poland

Franz Koppelstätter > Rural Chapel Nonsbach (15 votes)
Universität für Kunstlerische & Industrielle Gestaltung, Architektur, Linz Austria

Curtis A. Roth > Acid Ecologies (13 votes)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, Cambridge United States

Jurie Johannes Swart > Borderline - Mediated landscape (13 votes)
The University of the Free State, Department of Architecture, Bloemfontein South Africa

Anna Dzierżoń > ZOO Proactive (13 votes)
The Silesian University of Technology, The Faculty of Architecture, Gliwice Poland

Gregor Fasching > a house for Anajo (12 votes)
Technische Universität Wien, Fakultät für Architektur und Raumplanung, Vienna Austria

David Adrian OReilly > A Mausoleum for Vatnajokull (12 votes)
University of Glasgow / The Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow Scotland

Frieder Scheuermann > Flussbad und Bootshaus an der Adler (11 votes)
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Fakultät für Architektur, Aachen Germany

Luis Alonso Pérez Monge > AIC. Cascajal International Airport (10 votes)
Universidad de Costa Rica, Escuela de Arquitectura, San Jose Costa Rica

Yuki Ito > Ambient Architecture (10 votes)
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Kyoto Japan

Stine Bjar, Silje Klepsvik > Capturing What's There (10 votes)
Bergen School of Architecture - BAS, Faculty of Architecture, Bergen Norway

Martín Montañez Sanabria > Museum of Paleontology (10 votes)
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Lima Peru

Simone Trevisan, Michele Miserotti > Una isla como Taller (10 votes)
Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà di Architettura e Societá, Milan Italy