The latest edition of the Architecture MasterPrize AMP 2020, recently concluded in October, saw the participation of over 1500 projects completed in different parts of the world. The award is promoted by the Farmani Group, organisation founded in 1985 and a promoter of important awards in the fields of architecture, interior design and photography, including the International Design Awards (IDA), the International Photography Awards and the Prix de la Photographie Paris, to name a few.
The 2020 edition, the fifth since the award was first inaugurated, saw the highest number of applications ever received and the introduction of two new award categories: the "Design of the Year Award" in architecture and the "Architectural Product Award". The jury, consisting of a panel of renowned architects, academics, designers and experts, selected the winners for the two sections of the award, the first reserved for students and the second, the main section, reserved for professionals.
The main winners of the 2020 edition are:
The Architectural Design of the Year is HEM, acronym for the He Art Museum, the new museum complex designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in the Shunde District of Foshan, in China’s Guangdong province. With its double helix staircase in reinforced concrete, the circular building becomes a meeting place between new and old, between international contemporary art and the local heritage of history and traditions.
The Interior Design of the Year is the Nocenco Café designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Vinh city (Central Vietnam). Interpreting the materials typical of Vietnamese construction tradition, the architects created a bamboo roof on the seventh floor of a building under renovation. A solution of great visual impact as well as “light”, both from a structural point of view and given the ready availability of the material and small budget.
The Landscape Design of the Year is the Thammasat Urban Farm Rooftop, an organic farm built on the roof of Thammasat University in Bangkok, designed by the Landprocess landscape architecture studio. The farm, the largest ever built on a rooftop in Asia, covers an area of 22,000 square metres and integrates the traditional terracing technique used in rice cultivation with contemporary technologies for managing green roofs. A winning system that slows down the flow of rainwater, reducing the risk of urban flooding, generates energy and produces up to 20 tons of food per year, without consuming new agricultural land.
Finally, the Architectural Product of the Year is the Thinline 2500 Sliding Door designed by Styline, a sliding doors and window system that makes it possible to obtain large glazed surfaces with minimal profiles, taking advantage of the structural properties of glass.
For the very first time the jury also selected the "Best of Best": special mentions that recognised the best projects in each category, also chosen as finalists for the coveted Design of the Year title.
The winning projects include:
- 18 Robinson by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
- Sculptural House by KON design
- South Haven Centre for Remembrance by SHAPE Architecture
- Museum of Contemporary Art Helga De Alvear by Emilio Tuñón Arquitectos
- No Footprint House (NFH) by A-01
- White Deer Plain. Mountain Land Home Stay by Huiyimingcheng
- Puntukurnu Ams Newman Clinic by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture
- San Sa Village by IILab
- Casa Mi by Daluz Gonzalez Architekten
- Kohanceram by Hooba Design Group
- Laboratory for Shihlien Biotech Salt Plant by WZWX Architecture Group
- Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum by Atelier Alter Architects
- Guangzhou Grand Theatre Meilan Small Symphony Recording Studio by Domani Architectural Concepts
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