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Grand Prix 2015…

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March 31, 2016

Grand Prix 2015…

It’s been an opportunity for dialogue and debate about architectural themes and the role of ceramics in the contemporary world. It’s been a chance to take up a privileged vantage point from which to survey the state of play and the potential uses for this traditional yet innovative material. And it’s been a tough job for the panel, given the quantity and – more to the point – the quality of the projects submitted. But we’re there! The finalists have been selected and on 27 May, at the exclusive Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition, the winners of the tenth Grand Prix will be revealed.

We have the names. The international panel met at the Casalgrande Padana Creative Centre on 11 March and – after extensive, intense discussions – they reached an agreement on the most deserving candidates for the Grand Prix 2012 – 2015 crown.
Presided over by Casalgrande Padana president Franco Manfredini and composed of Alfonso Acocella (Architect and Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ferrara), Riccardo Blumer (Architect and Lecturer at USI – Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio), Giuseppe Cappochin (Architect and President of the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators of the Province of Padua), Christophe Le Gac (Architect and journalist), Domenico Podestà (Architect, and President of the National Council of Architects in Rome), Sebastian Redecke, (Architect and Director of Bauwelt magazine) and Matteo Vercelloni (Architect, journalist and architectural critic), the panel carefully evaluated over 150 submissions before picking out the finalists for the tenth edition of Grand Prix based on who had best interpreted the theme of using ceramics as the key part of the project, both in terms of form and functionality.
The finalists are: Studio Kunyho Epitèsziroda kft, Architect Zoltàn Kun (Budapest Hungary) for “Klauzal Market”, Studio Stelmach i Partnerzy, Architect Boleslaw Stelmach (Lublin Poland) for “Zamkowe Tarasy Gallery”, Studio Paragon Architects, Architects Anthony Orelowitz, Vivien Yun and Amir Livneh (Johannesburg South Africa) for “115 West Street”, Studio Peia Associati srl, Architect Giampiero Peia (Milan Italy) for “Sky Lounge Bar, Kempinski Residences and Suites”, Studio SBG Architetti, Architect Giulio Barazzetta (Milan, Italy) for “Chiesa di Vetro”, Studio Tatinvestgrazhdanproject NPF, Architect Airat Sibaev (Kazan Russia) for “Medrese River Station”, Studio JM Architecture, Architect Jacopo Mascheroni (Milan, Italy) for “Montebar Villa”, Studio Arquitectura Rafael Freyre, Architect Rafael Freyre (Lima, Peru) for “Casa Azpitia”, Architect Alain Demarquette (Cambrai, France) for “Aimant si passion”, Studio 5+1AA, Architects Gianluca Peluffo and Alfonso Femia (Genoa Italy) for “IULM Knowledge Transfer Centre, Life the new Regolo district and Docks in Marseille”, Studio Labics Architetti, Architect Francesco Isidori and Maria Claudia Clemente (Rome, Italy) for “MAST”, Studio Drigo, Engineer Roberto (Fossalta di Portogruaro, Venice, Italy) for “BID-ON FASHION - Shoes store” and Studio Cliostraat, Architect Alessandra Raso (Turin, Italy) for “New swimming stadium in Cuneo”.

The finalists will receive prizes in the four categories comprising this year’s competitions (shopping centres; public/service buildings, industrial buildings; residential buildings; façade cladding, outside flooring, swimming pools), with the winners of each category being announced at the end of the keynote address by Simone Sfriso of TAMassociati on 27 May. Sfriso is the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 15th Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition, of which Casalgrande Padana is an official sponsor.

This edition of Grand Prix has once again demonstrated how the versatility and capacity of ceramics to meet the needs of contemporary architecture in a range of diverse settings brings added value to an entire project, enhancing the core subject of the work and reaffirming its extraordinary role as a key compositional element.

It is for this reason that Casalgrande Padana has always been an exemplary partner for designers and architects alike, striking up productive dialogue to ensure they choose the best material available for each specific project and – in some cases – to develop entire ad-hoc collections designed specifically for a certain setting. Ultimately it means that Casalgrande Padana and Grand Prix play a key role in the industry, the far-reaching initiative helping to raise the profile of ceramics and propel it towards a future in which it is the star turn in an array of interesting new projects. Casalgrande Padana thus helps to promote good design around the world – while supporting that quintessentially Italian culture of savoir faire.