best architects 23
Jury confers 8 golds
of the «best architects 23 award» have been chosen. This year once again, the
jury was able to select from a large number of outstanding and impressive
projects. The buildings were almost invariably distinguished by abundant
creativity and unconventional solutions. With such a variety of approaches, it
was difficult to discern a dominant design trend. The winning projects stand
out not so much for their style but rather for the strategical considerations and
relish in experimentation they express.
jury consisting of Andrew Clancy (Irland), Prof. Felix Waechter (Darmstadt) and Daniel Zamarbide (Geneva) honoured 71 projects with the best architects 23 award. An
additional 8 projects received the distinction best architects 23 in Gold for
their outstanding quality.
Architecture has its moments. In some of them,
caprices are permitted and they result in great pieces of work that we all
enjoy in our history books, mainly singular buildings by great masters. Other
times, less heroically, architectural possibilities are reduced, constrained to
whatever the financial, social and political context allows. These
possibilities can often be very narrow. Still, it is not more or less architecture.
period we are living in is one of questions and interrogations. Many of the
pillars that we have taken too much for granted and have constructed in society
seem to be tumbling down, even falling apart. Is this a good thing? I would
think so indeed. It is important that the referential world we have been
sitting on for years radically switches direction and that we start including
many of the actors that have been invisible for decades. These pillars that are
collapsing are potentially a good metaphor for what goes on in the
architectural milieu. We might not need those pillars anymore. Or we might like
to work with other ones, more fragile, less imposing, less patriarchal.
Daniel Zamarbide (BUREAU, Geneva) Jury «best architects 23 award»