The fourth edition of Archmarathon, entitled "Worldwide", is coming up in Italy in 2018, and the selection of the projects that will make up the shortlist of 42 candidates for the Archmarathon Awards is already underway. The first 14 studios to be admitted to the final selection were announced on March 11 at Made Expo, the Milanese construction and design trade fair. We mark the occasion by looking back at some of the winning projects from previous editions covered in Floornature and Livegreenblog.
We start with the "OVERALL Winner" of the 2016 contest, Chinese studio Vector Architects, for “Seashore Library”, a poetic library on the ocean. The Archmarathon Crowd Award is presented to the favourite project of the public, chosen through an online voting system; in 2016 the winner was the “Maternity and Oncologic Parking” by Studio Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos.
The winner in the Arts & Culture category was the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias by architect Francisco Mangado, who sits on the panel of judges of the 2018 contest.
The most interesting projects in other categories include: the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Ohio, by Perkins+Will (Education Buildings category); Våler Church by Espen Surnevik (Religious Buildings category); the Saigon house by a21 studio (Private Housing category); the temporary travelling restaurant Priceless Milan by Park Associati (Hotel & Leisure category); SOS Children’s Village by Urko Sánchez Architects (Mixed Tenure Housing & Buildings category); Merchant Square Bridge by Knight Architects (Urban Design & Public Spaces category), and Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge by ZUS Architects (Transport category), the first public infrastructure project to be built with crowd-funding.