MoDusArchitects Atelier Remoto and Andrea Branzi Italian Architecture Prize

MoDusArchitects, Atelier Remoto,


Andrea Branzi,

The Maxxi in Rome and the Milan Triennale have both announced the winners of the third edition of the Italian Architecture Prize. The best building completed in the last three years is the renovation and extension project of the Cusanus Academy in Brixen by MoDus Architects, while Best Young Designer is Atelier Remoto with the Dandalò installation. The lifetime achievement award was given to Andrea Branzi.

MoDusArchitects Atelier Remoto and Andrea Branzi Italian Architecture Prize

On 14 June, the Maxxi in Rome hosted the award ceremony for the Italian Architecture Prize 2022 and the opening of the exhibition in its honour. The prize was created through the joint efforts of the Milan Triennale and the Maxxi in Rome with the aim of enhancing Italian architecture by promoting works by Italian designers or those operating in Italy, with a strong focus on innovation, quality and the societal role of architecture.

The winners of this third edition are:
Best building or project completed in the last three years:
the renovation and extension project of the Cusanus Academy in Brixen by MoDusArchitects owned by Matteo Scagnole and Sandy Attia. It is the first modern building protected by the Architectural and Artistic Heritage of the Province of Bolzano. The jury recognised both the high urban quality of the complex (pre-existing building and extension) and the architects' respectful but non-passive approach to the pre-existing building, as well as their ability to devise spaces and connections that are essential to the very identity of a place dedicated to education and relations between knowledge and community.
The best young designer is Atelier Remoto, the architecture studio founded in 2014 by Valentina Merz and Lara Monacelli Bani the architects of Dandalò, the temporary installation created to host the summer events of the Maxxi L'Aquila. The jury appreciated the elegance of the project, its feasibility, its spatiality and its contribution to the public space with thorough and conscious respect for the L'Aquila area. Dandalò is, in fact, the winning project of the first edition of NXT, the Maxxi programme aimed at promoting young architects and enhancing public space.
The lifetime achievement award was presented to Andrea Branzi and unanimously approved by the jury.
The exhibition inaugurated at the Maxxi, in conjunction with the award ceremony, is dedicated to the six finalist projects of the prize, in addition to the aforementioned winner Accademia Cusanus by MoDusArchitects, and they are: the Anonima Agricola project by Captcha Architecture,the Fanton Bivouac by DEMOGO studio di architettura, the Brixen School of Music by Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli, CAMUC - casa museo Cannas by laiBE architettura with engineer Paolo Depau, Market Square by Enrico Dusi + Matteo Ghidoni, Alessandro Checchin/Sinergo Spa.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of MAXXI and architects
01, 03-04 Accademia Cusanus ph Gustav Willeit
05, ModusArchitects Portrait
02, 06-07 Dandalò
08 Atelier Remoto Portrait