Piano Forte: Inaugural Renzo Piano Award Honors Young Italian Architects

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
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Renzo Piano with Paolo Iotti and Marco Pavarani. (Courtesy Iotti+Pavarani)

Renzo Piano with Paolo Iotti and Marco Pavarani. (Courtesy Iotti+Pavarani)

Frank Gehry is looking to sell his archive, Richard Meier opens his Queens storage room for models to visitors by appointment, and now Renzo Piano is giving back, too. On June 10, his eponymous foundation launched a new awards competition to encourage young Italian architects, a rare breed these days.

To that end, the competition was open to designers under 40 with an office in Italy presenting a constructed work. The jury, composed mostly of architectural magazine editors, whittled 69 entries down to three winners who demonstrated “innovative and poetic space research.” The purse for the prize was 10,000 euros each.

The top honor, handed out in June, went to Iotti+Pavarani architects based in northern Italy. Piano was particularly impressed with their recently completed Domus Technica building, a training and innovation center for a manufacturing company in Brescello, Italy. Honorable mentions were bestowed upon ARCó and carlorattiassociati.

Iotti+Pavarani

Domus Technica by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Roland Halbe)

Domus Technica by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Roland Halbe)

Domus Technica by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Roland Halbe)

Domus Technica by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Roland Halbe)

Brescia Services Structure by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Courtesy Iotti+Pavarani)

Brescia Services Structure by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Courtesy Iotti+Pavarani)

Parish House Regina Pacis by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Courtesy Iotti+Pavarani)

Parish House Regina Pacis by Iotti+Pavarani Architetti (Courtesy Iotti+Pavarani)

carlorattiassociati

St. Augustine Complex in Modena by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

St. Augustine Complex in Modena by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

Green Innovation Factory by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

Green Innovation Factory by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

Green Innovation Factory by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

Green Innovation Factory by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

Digital Water Pavilion in Spain by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

Digital Water Pavilion in Spain by carlorattiassociati. (Courtesy carlorattiassociati)

ARCó

School for Bedouin children in East Jerusalem. (Courtesy ARCò)

School for Bedouin children in East Jerusalem. (Courtesy ARCò)

School for Bedouin children made of tires in Jerusalem. (Courtesy ARCò)

School for Bedouin children made of tires in Jerusalem. (Courtesy ARCò)

School for Bedouin children made of tires in Jerusalem. (Courtesy ARCò)

School for Bedouin children made of tires in Jerusalem. (Courtesy ARCò)

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