Piranesi awards 2013: the winner is Modus Architects

Honorable Mentions for 2A+P/A, IaN+, ma0, Mario Cutuli and Béres Architects

by Cecilia Di Marzo
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26/11/2013 - The international jury for the 25th Piranesi Awards met on 22 November 2013 in Exhibition place Monfort. Award is financially supported by Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia. The members of the jury, traditionally composed of every year Piran lecturers, were:
- Taisto H. Mäkelä_Denver
- Francisco Cifuentes_Palma de Mallorca
- Špela Videčnik, Rok Oman_OFIS Arhitekti_Ljubljana
- Stefano Gri, Piero Zucchi_Geza - Gri e Zucchi Architetti Associati_Videm/Udine
- Kevin Carmody, Andrew Groarke_CARMODY GROARKE_London
- Josep Camps, Olga Felip­ (President of the jury)_Arquitecturia_Girona.

31 projects, exposed at Piranesi exhibition 2013, were selected by national selectors from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia. 16 students’ projects were selected by students’ selectors from Faculties of Architecture from Graz, Vienna, Split, Zagreb, Pescara, Trieste, Ljubljana and Maribor. The criteria of selection for the Piranesi exhibition were:
- considered setting in an urban or natural space
- contemporary innovative spatial plan and layout
- respectful approach to the natural and cultural heritage
- contemporary understanding of traditional and autochthonous architectural elements
- innovative details
- considered use of color, materials, texture and light
- spatial and design accordance with the context.

After considering all the projects, jury decided that International 2013 Piranesi Award goes to Ring road Bressanone – Varna, Bressanone (Italy) by Modus Architects - Sandy Attia, Matteo Scagnol.

Series of interventions on ring road are elegant integration of landscape architecture into infrastructure. They bring quality and identity to a part of our public realm that it is so often overlooked and undervalued, and create local landmarks from what would otherwise be forgettable moments in a landscape.


International 2013 Piranesi Honorable Mentions go to:

- Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat (Afganistan) by 2A+P/A (Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo), IaN+ (Carmelo Baglivo, Luca Galofaro, Stefania Manna), ma0 studio d'architettura (Massimo Ciuffini, Ketty Di Tardo, Alberto Iacovoni, Luca La Torre), Mario Cutuli

The project is not only a symbol of reconciling and rebuilding of a community, it creates a strong composition from a direct relationship of interior and exterior spaces and territories. Consolidated by simple constructive ideas, the jury felt that was a modest architectural project with tremendous ambition as well as a building that could absorb and facilitate change over its lifespan;

- Hideg House, Kőszeg, Hungary, 2012 by Béres Architects - Attila Béres, Jusztina Balázs

This modest house takes advantage of an ancient quarry site and strategically frames views to the enclosing rock face and open views to the south. Simple, carefully detailed materials are used throughout to create an atmosphere of self-reflection and intimacy. 

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Ring road Bressanone – Varna

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Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School

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