FICO, Fondazione Feltrinelli & Microsoft House among the winners of the 2018 MIPIM Awards
The 29th MIPIM. international real estate investment show was held on >March 13 through 16 2018 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, including the March 15 ceremony for the presentation of the Mipim Awards. These international real estate awards are presented to buildings completed and in progress in 11 different categories, plus a special award of the jury.
The winning projects belong to a number of different sectors of real estate, from tourism to shopping centres, offices and homes, also including innovative green buildings and urban regeneration projects. Italy was the country that brought home the most prizes: three out of eleven. Three outstanding projects with important implications for their social contexts: the Best Shopping Centre, FICO Eataly World, the world’s biggest centre showcasing Italian food and agriculture. Designed by Thomas Bartoli, it is a whole theme park focusing on all aspects of Italian excellence, not only in its contents but in the materials used to build it, including Iris Ceramica Group ceramic surfaces. As architect Thomas Bartoli told us in an interview with Floornature: “The surfaces in the laboratories are covered with Iris Ceramica’s ACTIVE Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™ materials because of their anti-bacterial, anti-pollution and self-cleaning properties, essential features in a production facility. It is too early to assess their effects, but our tests suggest positive results.” In the foyer of the Congress Centre, where “the effect we sought was the creation of a regular grid in hues of grey, for a soft, natural colour scheme” Thomas Bartoli, involved in the project by the architect who designed the auditorium, Marco Baraldi, chose porcelain from the TRAX collection by FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, one of the Iris Ceramica Group’s brands, in the 120x60 and 60x60 sizes.
The award for Best Office & Business Development went to the Feltrinelli Foundation & Microsoft House in Milan, the first project in Italy for Herzog & de Meuron. The interior design and space planning project for Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli was produced by Herzog & de Meuron with COIMA, while for Microsoft House it was by DEGW, a Gruppo Lombardini22 brand concerned with integrated workspace design. Also in Milan, the award for Best Urban Regeneration Project went to the Porta Nuova project developed by COIMA with HINES, with project management by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and Boeri Studio as well as the 20 architectural practices from eight different countries that won the individual design competitions: Inside Outside, Land, Lucien Lagrange, Munoz&Albin, Piuarch, Studio MP2 Associati, William Mc Donough, COIMA Image, Gehl Architects, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners, Arquitectonica, Caputo Partnership, Cino Zucchi Architetti, De Lucchi, MCArchitects, and Edaw.
Floornature has dedicated space to other award-winning projects, including the Best Healthcare Development, Maersk Tower designed by C.F. Møller Architects, a research centre at Copenhagen University.
Another project covered in Floornature is the Best Refurbished Building, Port House, a new office centre in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
And, finally, the Best Futura Project, Qatar National Museum by Jean Nouvel, under construction in Doha.
Fondazione Feltrinelli, photo: Filippo Romano (3-4)
Porta Nuova Building, Piuarch photo: Andrea Martiradonna (6)
Maersk Tower C.F. Møller Architects, photo: Adam Mørk, (7-8)
Port-House Antwerp Zaha Hadid Architecs: Hufton+Crow (9), Tim Fisher (10)