From February 25 to 29, the ArchWeekMiami took place at the Miami Design District, a full week dedicated to architecture, with important in-store events, workshops, presentations, architecture and design exhibitions. The event follows an effective and consolidated formula proposed in many cities around the world with the aim to connect architects, interior designers, manufacturers and consumers.
Miami’s architecture week ended with a highlight event. The 2020 edition of the ARCHMARATHON Awards Miami took place from February 27 to the 29 at the Moore Elastika Building. The building, built in 1921 and located in the heart of the Design District, is the former furniture showroom of the historic American company “Moore and Sons”. Its central hall houses a site-specific installation designed by architect Zaha Hadid for Art Basel Miami Beach in 2005. In this evocative space, 48 architecture studios selected by the international jury chaired by architect Luca Molinari were invited to present their projects to a large international audience. The ARCHMARATHON Awards Miami is, in particular, dedicated to architectural firms active throughout the American continent (United States, Canada, Central and South America).
At the end of the event, the winners of each of the 13 categories were announced, together with 2 overall winners for the main categories (interior design and architecture) and a special prize for sustainability.
The Overall Winner – Interior Design prize was awarded to the Valextra Bal Harbour Shops designed by ArandaLasch, a project that stood out to the jury thanks to the synergies between the architecture firm and the brand’s creative staff, turning the products into works of art rather than using them as regular merchandise displayed in a store.
The Overall Winner – Architecture prize was awarded to the Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park Phase II project by designed by the SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi studios. Built along the East River in Long Island City (United States), the coastal building depicts a forward-looking strategy for the city of New York in the upcoming decades, a resilience model as it not only provides a solution for the risk of future flooding, but also an important public space for the city. Architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi discussed the project in detail at the SpazioFMGperl'Architettura, the showroom in Milan owned by the Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, during the presentation of the The Architects Series docufilm focused on the American firm.
A special prize for sustainability was awarded to the Mc Donald’s Chicago Flagship project designed by architecture firm Ross Barney Architects for meeting all criteria needed to protect both the human and the natural environment.
Below, the list of winners for each category of the ARCHMARATHON Awards Miami 2020:
COMMERCIAL AND MIXED USE 811 by Taller de Arquitectura de Bogotà
INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS RISD Student Centre by WORKac
LANDSCAPE Jojutla Central Gardens by Estudio MMX
PRIVATE HOUSES Casa Karina by Francisco Pardo Arquitecto
REFURBISHMENT Robert Frost Auditorium by Mithun/Hodgetts + Fung
RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 139 Schultz by CPDA Arquitectos
SPORT Mercedes Benz Stadium by HOK
VILLAS Prairie Avenue Residence by Rene Gonzalez Architects
BARS AND RESTAURANTS Piedra Sal by VGZ Arquitectura
HOSPITALITY Hotel Monville by ACDF Architecture
RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN 432 Park Avenue, 94th floor by Axis Mundi
RETAIL Glossier Pop-Up Shop by Studio Lily Kwong
WORKSPACES 3DS Culinary by Oyler Wu Collaborative
Images courtesy of ARCHMARATHON Awards Miami 2020