Gran Prix - Life - Quartiere Residenziale nell’area ex compa [..]

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FIRST PRIZE - Façade cladding, external flooring
- Grand Prix 2013-2015 -

The tenth edition of the Grand Prix Casalgrande Padana has been allocated the first prize for the Façade cladding, external flooring section to:

Alfonso Femia - Gianluca Peluffo
Agenzia di Architettura srl

Three projects winners:

- Life - New residential quarter in former Draco area (Brescia, Italy)
(Docks Marsiglia, Francia e  IULM 6 - Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, Milano)

The architectural and technological quality, paired with the scale and importance of the works presented by the 5+1AA studio, are testament to the depth of the collaboration launched by the designers and company to devise and develop innovative solutions packed with content. This journey of research and experimentation starts from the consolidated relationship between the quantity and quality of industrialised ceramic production, introducing creative, innovative morphological elements and laying techniques, which help to activate a process which substantially elevates the objectives of the project and the product.
The panel would like to place particular emphasis on the sophisticated reclamation and functional renovation project of the Marseille Docks, a large port storage complex that straddles the boundary between architectural work and art installation, where
ceramics occupy a starring role via two differing applications. The ceramics are fragmented and expertly recomposed according to a precise layout, while we also see the juxtaposition of madeto- measure ceramic elements which are then fixed to a metal substructure. An expression of “technological symbiosis”, the cladding covers the facades of the internal courtyards without destroying them, creating a high-impact visual effect while keeping
the original structure intact.