Grand Prix2016-2018: Winners

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Roma - Awards ceremony for the eleventh edition of Casalgrande Padana’s Grand Prix took place on Friday 24 may in Rome, at the prestigious Acquario Romano - 'Casa dell'Architettura'.

The Grand Prix international architecture competition, which is promoted and organised by Casalgrande Padana, saw participation from over 130 designers and architects from all over the world. The projects submitted were of an excellent standard, demonstrating the growing popularity of ceramics in the construction industry – and, indeed, the esteem in which the material is held.
All of the works submitted were viewed and assessed by an international panel presided over by Franco Manfredini, the president  of Casalgrande Padana.

The list of the winners:

In the category Shopping and office centres (large surfaces):
1/ Filippo Taidelli Architetto per due progetti: Humanitas University Campus Rozzano Milan, Italy e Humanitas Congress Center Pieve Emanuele Milan, Italy.
2/ Josefine Dahl Josefine Dahl per il progetto Eurostop Halmstad, Sweden,
3/ Magda Kmita Blank Architects per il progetto Riviera Shopping Center Lipetsk, Russia
MS/ Erol Tabanca Polimeks per il progetto Ashgabat International Airport Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

In the category  Public, service and industrial construction:
1/ NOA Network of Architecture per il progetto Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus Valdaora, Italy
2/ Arata Isozaki, Andrea Maffei per il progetto Torre Allianz Milan, Italy
3/ Mihaela Rusulet Studio Arca per il progetto VOX Technology Park Timisoara, Romania
MS/ Nishio Yoshiki per I progetto Taisei Corporation Hokkaido University of Science Hokkaido, Japan
MS/ Matteo Thun Matteo Thun & Partners + Luca Colombo per il progetto JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Venezia, Italy

In the category  Residential buildings:
1/ Birgitta Hjelm-Luontola per il progetto LuxLine Pori, Finland
2/ Glória Papp P-Art Ltd. / TNA Studio Ltd. per il progetto E.House Egerszalók, Hungary
3/ Riccardo Cioli, Vanni Ancillotti, Claudio Beneforti Ardea per il progetto Collective Casa MM Lamporecchio, Italy
MS/ Simone Capozza, Nina Voluta per il progetto Piscina Formello (Roma) Italy

In the category Façade cladding, outside flooring, swimming pools and spas :
1/ Alfonso Femia Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia per due progetti: Nuovo complesso didattico ed espositivo Dallara Varano de’ Melegari, Parma, Italy e per I Giardini di Gabriel Asnières-sur-Seine, France
2/ Lapo Bianchi Luci, Camilla Lapucci Cipiuelle per il progetto KLAB Prato, Italy
3/ Jean Baptiste Pietri Pietri Architects per il progetto La Barquière Marsiglia, France
MS/ Andrea Zanarini per il progetto Heratech srl Centrale di Cogenerazione Cogen Bologna, Italy

International Architecture Exhibition panel reveals winners 
The composition of the panel has varied over time, though the level of expertise necessary to judge a competition like Grand Prix has remained unaltered - something shown by the in-depth
analysis completed for each project. In the most recent edition of the competition, which examines works completed between 2016 and 2019, the panel was chaired by Casalgrande Padana president Franco Manfredini and composed of Federico Bucci, architect, journalist, architecture historian, member of faculty of the Milan Polytechnic, and Prorector of the Mantua Campus of the Milan Polytechnic; Orazio Campo, architect and teaching fellow in the
Faculty of Architecture at the La Sapienza and Roma III universities and a member of the Rome Order of Architects; Tobias Lutz, the founder and CEO of the Architonic architecture and design platform in Zurich; Mia Pizzi, journalist at Abitare magazine; Sebastian  Redecke, an architect and the editor of Bauwelt magazine in Berlin; Matteo Vercelloni, an architect, journalist and architecture critic and an editorial consultant with INTERNI magazine

La cerimonia di premiazione del concorso si è conclusa con una emozionante lectio magistralis dell’Architetto Paolo Portoghesi sull’opera architettonica Casa Baldi, una bella villetta monofamiliare sulle colline di Roma, che fu progettata e realizzata proprio dal giovane Portoghesi tra il 1959 e 1961 per Gian Vittorio Baldi, regista e documentarista. E’ all’esperto Portoghesi che Casalgrande Padana si è rivolta per restaurare Casa Baldi e trasformarla nel Creative Centre di Roma dopo 60 anni dalla sua costruzione.

Eleven editions. Nearly 30 years of history. Around 1700 projects entered by 1200 designers from all over the world. The Casalgrande Padana Grand Prix is a permanent fixture in  the international architectural calendar, shining a light on the ways in which the company’s products are used and showcasing the technical properties and attributes of the individual collections, while providing a platform upon which to demonstrate the limitless expressive potential of porcelain stoneware products, some custommade on the request of the designers themselves.

Devised and enthusiastically supported by Casalgrande Padana, the Grand Prix is a competition designed to identify the best works around the world that combine technical attributes and creativity of application, making porcelain stoneware tiles an essential component of their design. It’s about showcasing projects were these products are a vital part of the design process and not simply an interchangeable covering. The competition focuses solely on actual buildings rather than design ideas. As a result, it serves as a tangible comparison of ideas that have been followed through, taking into account a wide range of types of architecture.

Launched in 1990, Casalgrande Padana’s Grand Prix has - over nearly 30 years - looked at a huge range of architectural projects in which ceramics occupy a key role.The competition is judged by an international panel, who evaluate the projects entered and make completely independent judgements.

Composed of industry experts, architects and architecture critics, university professors and  epresentatives of the architecture and interior design media, the panel’s analysis and deliberations are an example of how the Grand Prix has ceased to be merely a
competition - instead, it has become an opportunity to take stock of current progress in the worlds of architecture, interior design and technological innovation.

An exciting lectio magistralis of the Architect Paolo Portoghesi tied up the award ceremony of the contest. Main theme of the speech was the architectural work Casa Baldi, a beautiful single-family house placed on the Roman hills, which was designed and built by a young Paolo Portoghesi between 1959 and 1961 and commissioned by Gian Vittorio Baldi, director and documentary maker. Nowadays Casalgrande Padana chose the exact expert Paolo Portoghesi, to restore Casa Baldi and transform it into the Casalgrande Padana Creative Center of Rome, right 60 years after its construction.