FRESH projects by young architects – this is what captured the attention of Czech architect Jiří Suchomel in the works submitted for the tenth year of the CE.ZA.AR architecture competition. The winning architects accepted their prizes in the annual competition organised by the Slovak Chamber of Architects for their “excellent professional accomplishments in completing architectural works that significantly contribute to the enrichment of Slovak culture” at a gala event on October 13.
Suchomel, the head of the jury, particularly highlighted the independence and openness of the nominated works.
“They were fresh; this is a quality I acknowledge – freshness, in the sense that they are not outdated,” Suchomel said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Apparently the young generation comes from completely different conditions. It approaches the work freed from the traumas that my generation lived through.”
Suchomel was joined in the international jury by architects Andrej Alexy (Slovakia), John B.W. Bosch (the Netherlands), Aleš Burian (the Czech Republic), Peter Riepl (Austria), Iľja Skoček (Slovakia) and set designer Peter Čanecký (Slovakia).
Architects entered a total of 99 works in six categories – the highest number ever.
In the category of Family Houses the top prize went to Viktor Šabík for a family house, Medzi Stromami, in Cabaj, near Nitra. The low-energy Minergo project in Bratislava designed by the team of Juraj Hantabal, Michaela Hantabalová and Kristína Izáková was selected as best in the category of Blocks of Flats. The category of Civil and Industrial Buildings was won by the headquarters of Phoenix Zeppelin in Banská Bystrica designed by Bratislav Hovorka, Štefan Moravčík and Martin Paulíny.
The Centre of Social Services in Poprad won in the category of Reconstruction and Renewal of Buildings. Martin Jančok and Aleš Šedivec won the category of Interiors for their interior design of the Alexis bookshop in Bratislava. The Mólo – a cultural pavilion in Martin designed by Martin Lepej, Michal Riabič and Richard Murgaš – received the prize in the Exteriors category.
The public award went to Otio, a house near the parsonage in Dražovce, designed by Sebastian Nagy.
31. Oct 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff