Premio Architettura Toscana, the winners of the second edition

Young people with modest budgets, great respect for the environment and an eye towards the future. The new generation of designers that has emerged from the second edition of the Tuscany Architecture Award (PAT) gave the judging commission a region with an unprecedented, highly contemporary and sustainable face.

The reclamation of places and buildings, respect for the territory, sustainability and environmental quality were the “ingredients” of this edition of the award organized by the TuscanyRegional Council, the Florence Order of Architects, the Tuscany Federation of Architects, the Pisa Order of Architects and Town Planners, the Florence Architects Foundation and Ance Toscana, under the patronage of the National Council of Architects. The winning works convinced the jury above all with their ability to harmonise and interact with the natural setting through minimal, essential interventions, and to reclaim both public and private places and buildings with great economy of means.

Six projects won awards in the five categories of the contest, namely first work, new construction work, restoration or reclamation work, interior/exterior design work and finally work on public spaces, landscapes and regeneration for which both individual architects and professional groups or companies competed.

Sharing first place in the first category were the Podere Navigliano (in San Giovanni d’Asso – SI) and the Casetta nell’oliveto (in Serravalle Pistoiese – PT). The winner of the interior/exterior design category was the new lighting system for the Basilica of Santa Croce (Florence), while the first prize in the new construction category went to the Foresteriapilgrimage guesthouse at Siloe (Cinigiano – GR). The Arsenals of the Republic of Pisa won the restoration or reclamation category, while the public spaces, landscape and regeneration category went to the Shelter # 1 project in Prato.

The award ceremony took place on May 30that the Palazzina Reale in Piazza Stazione, home of the Florence Order of Architects and Architects’ Foundation when the exhibition of the winning designs and the works mentioned and selected was also inaugurated. This exhibition will remain open untilFriday June 21st.

The regional competition was set up with the aim of stimulating reflection on contemporary architecture as the driving force behind territorial transformation and the spreading of design culture as a guarantee of environmental and civil quality. The Award was aimed at works created in Tuscany in the five years prior to the launching of the competition, between 2013 and 2018: nominations could be presented by both designer and client, but also by the contractor. For the winner in the “first work” category there was also an additional cash prize of €5,000.

The jury appointed to evaluate the works by the Organizing Committee, comprised the architect Massimo Alvisi, professor and sociologist Giandomenico Amendola, the architect Fabrizio Barozzi, lecturer and architect Luca Molinari and lecturer and architect Francesca Torzo.

Award-winning and honourable mention Projects:
Joint first place
Ciclostile Architettura — Podere Navigliano
HYPNOS | Nicola Brembilla— Casetta nell’oliveto
Selected works
Studio TOTALE — Buca 10
Marco Nucifora | Alessio Orrico | Andrea Testi — More with less

First place
MICROSCAPE — Basilica di Santa Croce
Selected works
Guicciardini & Magni Architetti Associati | Adolfo Natalini — Museo di Palazzo Pretorio

First place
Edoardo Milesi & Archos — Foresteria del pellegrino di Siloe
Selected works
asv3 — officina di architettura — Cantina del Bruciato
NIO architecten — Centro Pecci, Sensing the Waves
Atelier LRA | Lapo Ruffi e Vanessa Giandonati — M Greenhouse

First place
Fabio Daole | Mario Pasqualetti — Arsenali della Repubblica
Selected works
MICROSCAPE — Sortita San Paolino

First place
ECÒL — Shelter #1
Selected works
Tetractis Progetti | Stefano Lambardi — Canalicchio di Sotto
MICROSCAPE — Percorso ciclopedonale “Fior di Loto”
Massimo Fabbri | Michela Brachi | Alessandro Pazzagli — Piazza Giuseppe Bianchini