Map Studio named Italian Architect with Orizzontale as Young Talent of Italian Architecture in 2018
The final week of the 16th edition of the International Architecture Show at the Biennale in Venice features the key event in the 2018 “Festa dell'Architetto”. The festival is an annual initiative of the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservationists, first held in 2013 to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the enactment of the "law on the protection of the title and the professional exercise of the profession of architect" and the establishment of the professional order, and therefore the ninetieth anniversary of the recognition of the profession of architect in Italy. It is “a celebration of architecture and the people who do it in a process of recognition of the quality of design in its most elevated civic and cultural dimension". The sixth edition of the Festa dell’Architetto held in 2018 focused on the theme of “A Community for Architecture”, chosen by the National Council of Architects to emphasise the fact that all citizens need better spaces for living and therefore better buildings and landscapes.
The festival culminated in the presentation of the prizes for “Italian Architect of 2018” and “Young Talent in Italian Architecture of 2018” on 16 November at Cà Giustinian, headquarters of the Biennale di Venezia exhibition.
The awards ceremony was attended by: Paolo Baratta, engineer, honorary architect and president of Biennale di Venezia, philosopher of aesthetics Raffaele Milani and architect Dominique Perrault, who held a lecture at Cà Giustinian for the occasion, on 17 November, entitled Groundscape, the concluding event in the Festival.
During the sixth Festa dell'Architetto, the title of “Italian Architect of 2018” was awarded to architects Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel, founders of Map Studio, for their “Tramway Terminal” project at the head stop of the tram line in Piazzale Roma, Venice. The judges particularly appreciated the project’s elegant, measured contemporary idiom, which speaks of technological research and study of detail, as well as drawing attention to infrastructure as a component in the design of public space.
The award for Young Talent in Italian Architecture 2018 was presented to Orizzontale, the studio of architects Giuseppe Grant, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni and Stefano Ragazzo, for their Progetto 8 ½, a temporary installation created for Maxxi in Rome as part of the YAP Young Architects Program 2014. The Italian head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, awarded the Festa dell’Architetto 2018 the Medal of the President of the Republic, an honour presented to initiatives of particular cultural, scientific, artistic, athletic or social interest.
A number of Honourable Mentions were also awarded: to architects Roberto Mascazzini and Gino Guarnieri for their “ sei case in linea” project in Sesto S. Giovanni (MI) – in the “Newly built works” category; to architects Gerd Bergmeister and Michaela Wolf of architectural studio Bergmeisterwolf Architekten for the “Cantina Hotel Pacherhof” project in Novacella-Varna (Bz) - “Restoration or reclamation projects” category; and to architects Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto of Migliore + Servetto Architects for the installation “The perfect density” in the “Installations or interiors” category. Map Studio, winner of the “Italian Architect Award” also received an Honourable Mention in the “Works in open spaces, infrastructure and landscape” category for the “Tramway Terminal”. The Honourable Mention in the new “Design Projects” category went to architects Alberto Corrado, Francesca Zalla and Hani Chaouech of ARIS Architects for the “Archetipo” project. The winners and a selection of the 400 projects entered for the awards will be featured in a Yearbook, a publication promoting quality architecture and one of the most complete national and international collections of Italian architecture.
Images courtesy of CNAPPC photo by: Alessandra Bello, Simone Bossi, Gianmarco Dodesini Valsecchi, Alessandro Imbriaco, Andrea Martiradonna, Gustav Willeit.