The event shifts the focus from the architect to the client, an equally important figure in constructing quality architectural projects.
During the ceremony the 4 usual awards and 8 special awards were presented, including the Nievo Special Prize dedicated to the famous writer who presided over the panel of judges from the first edition of the competition until his death in 2006, and prizes awarded by sponsors Caoduro Lucernari and GranitiFiandre, by promoters and by Arca magazine.
In eight editions the Dedalo Minosse Award has registered growing interest with submission of projects from 52 different countries designed for clients including private sector companies, public sector organisations, institutions and foundations: a complex, wide-ranging selection of projects.
The judges pay special attention to architectural projects demonstrating awareness of social, territorial and environmental sustainability, conservation of our environmental and architectural heritage, use of innovative technologies and materials, and ability to draw on local traditions and idioms. The exhibition of competing projects will continue until September 18 2011.
Below is a list of the 4 main prizes and the projects that have won them
Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Architecture Clients
Client: BMW AG
Design: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Wolf D.Prix / W.Dreibholz & Partners ZT GmbH
Project: BMW Welt, Munich
Construction: 2007, Munich (Bavaria), Germany
Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Architecture Clients - OCCAM Under 40
Client: Silva Family
Design: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz
Project: Grid House
Construction: Serra da Mantiqueira (São Paulo) Brazil
ALA â€“ Assoarchitetti award
Client: Gmina Miejska Krakow, Zarzad Budynkow Komunalnych, Mayor: Jacek Majchrowski
Design: Claudio Nardi (group leader) and Leonardo Maria Proli
Project: Mocak Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow
Construction: 2010, Krakow, Poland
ALA - Assoarchitetti Under 40 Award
Client: Town of Valle Aurina
Design: Stifter + Bachmann
Project: San Martino Sports Centre
Construction: 2007, Town of Valle Aurina (Bolzano), Italy
by Agnese Bifulco
Exhibition: Dedalo Minosse, eighth edition
Location: Palazzo Barbarano, Vicenza, Italy
Dates: June 25 â€“ September 18 2011
Illustrations: courtesy of Premio Internazionale Dedalo Minosse