Next Landmark International AWARD 2021

THE 2021 CONTEST

Floornature.com, an architecture and design magazine published by IRIS CERAMICA GROUP, announces the tenth Next Landmark International award for architects and designers. The title of the 2021 contest is “Functional mixing: new links between architecture and inclusive and sustainable urban spaces”.

Definition and Theme of the Award

The Next Landmark International Award, now in its tenth year, is organized as a “Contest of ideas” with an open and anonymous procedure (pursuant to article 156 of Legislative Decree no. 50/2016) and the aim of rewarding two projects dedicated to sustainable functional mixing.
Designers can submit entries in one of the following categories:

  • Landmark of the Year Award, by entering a completed project.
  • Research Award, by entering an unrealized project, either academic (e.g. thesis) or developed independently (e.g. research)

In both cases, the proposal must plan for an achievable future that revolves around inclusion and respect for people and nature. In other words, new ways of experiencing urban, public and private spaces as an economic, environmental opportunity that creates a feeling of collective belonging.
The following types of projects are acceptable under the functional mixing umbrella:

  • Urban regeneration projects that support the transition from industry to services and the non-profit sector, conceived or implemented in structures that reflect the new ways of using space, both urbanistically and architecturally.
  • Projects that respond to functional diversification needs, and therefore create new crossover links for the growth of contemporary cities. Residential, commercial, infrastructure, leisure and other forms of architecture that are integrated with the neighborhood, street system or even individual buildings, creating a proximity and therefore sustainable network serving the needs of citizens.
  • Public or private projects designed or implemented as nature-based solutions (NBS), in which human activities are integrated with nature, which in turn is managed responsibly and sustainably. Projects that have a long-term low environmental impact as their design basis.

In all three cases, the projects presented must define strategies that make a significant contribution to reducing the vulnerability of local communities to social, economic and environmental changes.

Entry Assessment Criteria 

For one of the three project types that come under the sustainable functional mixing umbrella, the award will be presented to the two works, one per category, considered to be most innovative.
The judging panel will take the following parameters into consideration:

  • originality of the project or research
  • long-term low environmental impact
  • new ways of using space
  • technical, aesthetic and conceptual innovation

Contest Rules

Download the contest rules and regulations to find out how to enter the contest, read them carefully and follow the instructions to upload your photograph or project.
Download the contest rules and regulations in your desired language here.

Prize

The Judging Panel will present the following prize to each winner in the two categories:



  • A 3-day and 2-night trip to Venice for the 2021 Architecture Biennale (including travel and accommodation expenses for the winner + accommodation expenses for any guest). 
  • Online sharing of the project on all the Group’s media
  • NEXTLANDMARK INTERNATIONAL AWARD 2021 Winners Certificate

next landmark: other editions

2020

The winner of the Next Landmark 2020 contest is Bruna Sigillo’s Planetary Garden

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2018

The winners of Next Landmark 2018

The architects from Urbánika and Roland Baldi were presented with their prizes in the amphitheatre of FICo, the “world’s biggest agri-food park”, for the seventh edition of th

2019

A Common Line For The Reconstruction by Lorenzo Abate wins Next Landmark 2019

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2017

The winners of the Next Landmark Architectural SKIN

Gregory Lacoua and Ellevuelle Architetti are the winners of the sixth edition of Next Landmark, the international contest sponsored by Floornature, the Iris Ceramica Group architecture and design Web

2018

The winners of Next Landmark 2018

The architects from Urbánika and Roland Baldi were presented with their prizes in the amphitheatre of FICo, the “world’s biggest agri-food park”, for the seventh edition of th

2016

Giancarlo Mazzanti: Marinilla Educational Park Colombia

Giancarlo Mazzanti’s Marinilla Educational Park has won the Next Landmark 2016 award. Mazzanti continues his research into the use of public space as social space in Marinilla Educational Park, an e

2017

The winners of the Next Landmark Architectural SKIN

Gregory Lacoua and Ellevuelle Architetti are the winners of the sixth edition of Next Landmark, the international contest sponsored by Floornature, the Iris Ceramica Group architecture and design Web

2015

Urban Spa: a PKMN workshop with students in Chihuahua

Urban Spa is the winner of the Next Landmark 2015 contest, in the Landmark of the Year category. The project was created from a workshop by the PKMN studio with students from ISAD,Chihuahua (Mexico).

2016

Giancarlo Mazzanti: Marinilla Educational Park Colombia

Giancarlo Mazzanti’s Marinilla Educational Park has won the Next Landmark 2016 award. Mazzanti continues his research into the use of public space as social space in Marinilla Educational Park, an e

2014

Ellevuelle architetti’s Casa Esse wins the 2014 Next Landmark contest

The winner of the third Next Landmark international architecture contest organised by Floornature is Ellevuelle architetti of Italy, for Casa Esse, a new construction in the countryside near Forl&igra


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