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„I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.“ Mies van der Rohe
Architecture Pavilion Competition. 290 submissions. 455 architects and architect teams from around the world applied to the competition – 765 architects in total. According to these data and the data we collected from our web site it is estimated that about 1650 architects participated in this competition (part of them did not send their works). These numbers show that architects are always willing to participate in projects that celebrate architecture. Thank you all.
The solutions we present here give an overview of the world architecture today. These are the works of architects of different ages, experiences and different abilities. Considering that submissions came from more than 50 countries, we can conclude that the submitted projects represent most of the architectural cultures and attitudes. In this issue we present a number of projects that generally have met the criteria of the competition that were evaluated. Together with all other works, these projects were presented at our exhibition “The 2nd Annual Arhitekton Magazine Award” that was held in the Museum of King Peter I in Belgrade.
Magazine Arhitekton, together with the sponsors of the ARCHITECTURE PAVILION Competition, would like to thank all of the participants for their work on the pavilion project. The initial idea of the competition is achieved in the form of variant interesting projects that indicate the desire and need for such manifestations. We tried to meet the requirements of the international standards, and in future, we will strive to firmly define and configure this architectural event.
Magazine Arhitekton would especially like to thank the general sponsor – Kingspan company, and the company Zumtobel, and all the other sponsors and contributors who participated in the organization of the competition and exhibition “The 2nd Annual Arhitekton Magazine Award”.
The Magazine Arhitekton was honored to present and recommend to the visitors of the exhibition companies that are leaders in their fields and which products and business policies certainly contribute to the improvement of Serbian architecture. Above all, Arhitekton presented the general sponsor of the event and the first prize, the company Kingspan, whose product range architects all over the world used in their solutions for the Architecture Pavilion competition. The company Zumtobel who was the sponsor of the second prize and, also, the host of the workshop “Light in Architecture”, as one of the major manufacturers of the innovative lighting solutions in the world, presented the company’s products and ideas in an interactive way, and encouraged visitors to think about the light.
Also, the company Sika, who hosted the workshop “Guide for Architects – Company Sika”, educated the architects about the company’s products and their innovative usage. The visitors were able to summarize the various building problems and quality Sika solutions were suggested. The visitors and competitors were informed about the new options in the façade design that were presented by the company Alubond. Alubond company presented the interesting model as a concrete example of 15-colors palette that was used on the building in Holland.
One company and its exhibit-installation in the Museum of King Peter I, attracted the great attention of visitors – company Xella Serbia. The attention of numerous visitors was drawn by another advantage of the Ytong products – the ability to form the attractive sculptural shape that the company Xella presented at the exhibition. The sculpture was changing during the exhibition – the visitors could shape the sculpture themselves and experience Ytong block in their own way.
Last year, due to objective reasons, interior design projects were predominant, thus, this year, we felt the need to present the companies from this field – the company Floor Experts and its incredible range of floor coverings, and the company Room Interior presenting the Fritz Hansen latest design.
All information about products, sales outlets and showrooms, were presented in a video about above mentioned companies, shown as a part of the film about architecture. The video installation, together with catalogs and other promotional material handed out during the event, provided the complete information to the visitors, needed for their further work.
The Jury decided to award the first prize to architect Dimitrije Bugarski. Considering that the competition terms and conditions accentuated the use of panels – Kingspan panels, the solutions that have other architectural values – not required by the competition brief, were not equally assessed. The jury members considered several high-quality solutions but they could not overlook the critical role of the Kingspan company requirements and only the projects that met the terms of the competition were highly evaluated.
Taking in consideration the large number of entries, the jury was compelled to classify the projects by categories that were created in order to correctly evaluate the projects: the composition of the Pavilion generated by multiplication of the elements; cubic shape; polygonal structure; organic form and simplified form of the Pavilion.
The winning project gained the majority of jury votes – it met the crucial criteria: meeting the terms and conditions of the competition brief; feasibility; building costs; usability; and the aesthetic of form.
Out of 290 projects in total, 142 are from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, 25 are from Hungary, 34 are from South America, and the rest of them are from 20 other countries.