|The Poetry Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois, designed by John Ronan Architects. The buiding received the jury's special award in the 2012 Archizinc Trophy Awards. Photo: Steve Hall/ Hedrich Blessing|
This bi-annual competition for architects requires that the submitted designs use VMZINC solutions rolled zinc products in original projects. Winners include six projects in the categories "Private Housing," "Commercial Buildings," and "Public Buildings.
The Archizinc Trophy winners:
- Winner -- Fabien Chavignaud Architecte for a Private House in Carquefou (France)
- Special Mention -- Brian Bell – BLDGS for the Ansley Glass House in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
- Winner – Dean Marchetto/Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, for the Extension, Architecture Studio, Hoboken, New Jersey (USA).
- Winner – Ulrich Junk/Junk & Reich Architecten for Historical Library, Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt (Germany)
- Special Mention 1 – Cheng Dapeng/Beijing New Era Architectural Design Ltd., for Yungang Grottoes Museum, Datong (China)
- Special Mention 2 – David Mackay & Francisco Gual Trajine/MBM Arquitectes for Casa Dels Xuklis, Llars Mundet (Spain).
- Jean-Philippe Thomas Architectes for Luis Ortiz Secondary School, Saint Dizier (France)
- Steve Woodland, Cabinet Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland for Entertainment Centre, Albany (Australia)
- Diego Garcia Munoz Vaquero/Prieto + Vaquero Arquitectos y MCCL Arquitectos for Centro Sociocultural, Agron (Spain)
- John Ronan Architects for the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Illinois (USA).
Representing 19 different countries, architects submitted 118 projects that were assessed by a jury comprised of 11 international professionals (architects, journalists and an engineer). Nicola Leonardi, editor-in-chief of The Plan magazine, chaired the jury.
The jury used three fundamental criteria to determine the winners:
- Architectural quality -- the original expression of each project and the emotion generated
- Integration into the site -- the suitability of the project in terms of environment, urban planning, topography and climate
- Innovation -- highlighting zinc, its functionalities and performances.
The winning projects will be published next October in a special issue of FOCUS ON ZINC magazine.
For more information on the Archizinz Trophy, visit www.trophee-archizinc.com. For more information on Umicore Building Products and VMZINC, see www.vmzinc-us.com.