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The Winners of the Marmomac Stone Award – Archmarathon 2019

The Marmomac Stone Award – ARCHMARATHON 2019 award ceremony was held on September 27th at the VeronaFiere Forum Area.
The award – edited by VeronaFiere in collaboration with Publicomm – saw the participation of ten international architecture firms – from Italy to China, from Spain to Egypt, from France to Portugal – who presented the projects for which they are been selected.
The three winning projects will rightfully be among the candidates of the Archmarathon Awards Worldwide Edition 2020 which will be held in Moscow in 2020.

The jury – composed by Craig Copeland of the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects studio, by the architect Claudio Silvestrin founder of the studio Claudio Silvestrin Architects and by the Jury President Luca Molinari of the Luca Molinari studio – Architecture Consulting & Curatorship – announced the winners of the Stone Award 2019, precisely Emilio Tuñon, Dar Arafa Architecture and Marco Ciarlo+Studio Daniele, together with a special mention for the GOA studio.

These are the reasons given by the Jury:

Emilio Tuñon
Casa Piedra en Caceres, Spain

The Stone House in Caceres embodies the key characteristics of what we consider a “home for the man”: typological clarity, a diffused, domestic attitude, a clear and open relationship with the landscape (natural and historical) and a sincere relationship with the materials used. The stone, applied as the natural skin of the building, generates a clear dialogue with the context and declares a sense of necessary belonging with the culture of the territory.

Dar Arafa Architecture
Basuna Mosque

The project of a new mosque for a small community represents a fundamental sign for the everyday life and defines a gathering place where worship, collective values and daily necessities meet. The composition of the complex celebrates both traditional and contemporary forms opening possibilities for future models in Islamic architecture.
The project plays both mass and lightness through the use of stone moving from the outside in.
Stone is manipulated through varying geometries to celebrate the essential characters of Islam culture.

Studio Marco Ciarlo + Studio Daniele
House on the sea, Bargeggi, Italy

The project of Marco Ciarlo to recover an abandoned, existing building in front of the sea shore in the Natural Park of Bargeggi, shows a clear sensitivity in defining an architecture able to solve the problematic situation and offers in the meantime a contemporary sign for the community.
The choice the cover completely the new building with a natural stone defines a strong visual continuity with the natural environment and, in the meantime, assert the necessity of clear, contemporary projects for our landscapes, like a rock on the edge marking where the sea meets the land.

(Special Mention) GOA
Muh Shoou XIXI, China

The jury appreciated the decision of the designers to work with natural, recycled materials for the interiors of the pavilions, although the stones hasn’t prominent in the project we decided to make a special mention for this project.
The new resort designed by GOA declares the necessity of taking care of the existing landscape showing an alternative and careful strategy with the natural environment. The setting of the different pavilions, a sensitive relationship with the pre-existent natural environment, a clear control of the scale of the new buildings shows a significant shift inside contemporary Chinese culture.