International 2019 Piranesi Award

John Hill
26. November 2019
International 2019 Piranesi Award: Neue Galerie und Kasematten / Neue Bastei, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 2019, by Bevk Perović. (Photo: David Schreyer)

The recipients of the 31st annual Piranesi Awards have been announced, following the jury's deliberations on November 22 at Monfort Exhibition Hall in Portorož, Slovenia.

Forty-seven projects culled from ten European countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia) were nominated for the Piranesi Awards. The International 2019 Piranesi Award was given to Neue Galerie und Kasematten / Neue Bastei in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, designed by Bevk Perović. The 12-member jury* said: "The scheme successfully integrates the new building with the old. This is achieved through carefuly weaving routes through the two and developing a sophisticated relationship of scales. In addition the project provides a richly contextual response, developing an expressive architecture that at times suggests contrast, but is also in part inspired by the existing brick vaulting."

International 2019 Piranesi Award: Neue Galerie und Kasematten / Neue Bastei, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 2019, by Bevk Perović. (Photo: David Schreyer)
International 2019 Piranesi Award: Neue Galerie und Kasematten / Neue Bastei, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 2019, by Bevk Perović. (Photo: David Schreyer)

Two honorable mentions were given, including the Renovation of the Main Square in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, by Atelier arhitekti, for which the jury said: "The project covers a very large ground area, but is executed with an unfussy simplicity that shows both restraint and maturity. The space has been reclaimed from car use and its civic qualities drawn to the fore, such that the town now has a shared space for public life."

International 2019 Piranesi Honorable Mention: Renovation of the Main Square in Novo mesto, Slovenia, 2019, by Atelier arhitekti (Photo: Boštjan Pucelj)

The other honorable mention was given to San Pietro Cloisters in Reggio Emilia, Italy, by ZAA Zamboni Associati Architettura. The jury said: "The project boldly counterpoints the existing masonry building with a delicacy and a lightness of touch in the detailing. The private space of the monastery has been made public, but developed with a simplicity wholly appropriate to the serenity of the existing structures."

International 2019 Piranesi Honorable Mention: San Pietro Cloisters, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2019, by ZAA Zamboni Associati Architettura (Photo: Kai-Uwe Schulte-Bunert)

The International 2019 Piranesi Student Honorable Mention was selected from 34 student projects submitted from 17 European architecture schools. "Architecture of mind" by student Rok Staudacher at the Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana won, with the jury saying: "The scheme develops a constructional language that is developed through a series of external and internal spaces, subtly shifting to suit the various conditions, whilst maintaining a coherence throughout. The student asks what might a relevant healing architecture be, and leaves an open-ended query as to where this might lead."

International 2019 Piranesi Student Honorable Mention: "Architecture of mind," the conceptual design of the University Psychiatric clinic Ljubljana - 2018 Master thesis by student Rok Staudacher under professor Tomaž Krušec
*The 2019 jury:

  • Koen Baeyens 
  • Giovanni Barberis 
  • Dario Castellino 
  • Valeria Cottino 
  • Jernaja Fischer Knap 
  • Toni Gironès 
  • Basile Graux 
  • András Pálffy 
  • Daniele Regis 
  • Hugh Strange 
  • Dejan Todorović 
  • Rok Žnidaršič

The jury deliberating at Monfort Exhibition Hall.

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