Duplex Architekten wins the Baffa-Rivolta European Architecture Award

Müller Sigrist Architekten, C.F. Møller, Duplex Architekten, Froetscher Lichtenwagner,

Zurich, Milan,

Residences, Housing,


Duplex Architekten’s social housing project has won the sixth biennial prize awarded by the Order of Architects of Milan. Special mentions were awarded to C.F. Møller Architects, Muller Sigrist Architekten and Froetscher Lichtenwagner.

Duplex Architekten wins the Baffa-Rivolta European Architecture Award

Ten years after it was first held, the biennial competition organised by the Order of Architects of Milan, previously known as the Rivolta Award and now the Baffa-Rivolta European Architecture Award, has become an important focus of debate around the issue of social housing, anticipating and contributing to growing international interest in social housing, as noted on the occasion of the European Union Award for Contemporary Architecture and the assignment of the 2018 Royal Gold Medal to Neave Brown.

The sixth edition closed on December 14 with the awarding of the prize to Duplex Architekten for Cluster House (Haus A): a residential building constructed in Zurich as part of the studio’s masterplan for the Hunziker Area. In their motivation, the jury expressed particular appreciation for the relationship between the urban masterplan and the ground floor layout of Haus A. The architects solved the compositional problem with a layout in which shared and private spaces are well-adapted to the dense urban area around the construction.

The jury also awarded three Special Mentions, for:
research and innovation in technique and construction, to C.F. Møller Architects’ Magisterparken (Denmark);
typological experimentation, to Live-Work Complex Kalkbreite by Müller Sigrist Architekten (Switzerland);
development of a marked social programme, to Living Together by Froetscher Lichtenwagner (Austria).

(Agnese Bifulco)



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