OPENGAP has announced the winners of its international Inspiration HOTEL Ideas Competition which sought for designs of spaces that motivate creativity and concentration, allowing users to focus, inspire and develop their artistic ideas. The Jury was comprised of the architects Ricardo Agraz, Jorge Ambrosi, Salvador Macías, and Álvaro Morales.
The winning proposals are:
First Prize: IH1709
Authors: Jorge Antonio Ruiz Boluda, José Asensio, Agustín Durá Herrero, Paul Dieterlen Escoto (Spain)
From the jury report: "A clear, resounding, masterfully expressed and refined aesthetic proposal. Creates an object with a poetry based in strong and timeless principles such as the barracks of the Albufera and enhances the traditional architecture of the place.
The site selection is also very ingenious and suggestive. The project, in itself, creates a new place, conceived as a machine, an instrument to absorb the environment and create new and unusual landscapes. The central "patio" offers a unique and unrepeatable space.
Puts on an intrinsic value a characteristic of good architecture that is rarely seen today: the reminiscent capacity of a work piece, the power to make us look inside ourselves as individuals and as a species.
The spatial quality of the interior is also spotless. The way each module intertwines with the others generates a remarkable spatiality."
Second Prize: IH1718
Authors: Gordan Vitevski, Mila Dimitrovska, Monika Novkovikj, Jovana Ivanovski, Vlado Danailov (Macedonia)
From the jury report: "A proposal deeply linked to reflection, to remembrance and also to that good nostalgia that makes us susceptible to creation.
The proposal offers a wonderful place. It enhances the site and bows to nature, resolving the program in a forthright way.
The concept behind the proposal is as good as the resulting project. It breaks through the landscape with a forceful gesture and sharp cut, as an indelible mark on the site.
The graphical level of the presentation is also very remarkable."
Third Prize: IH1630
Authors: Sneider Muñoz, Juan David Ramirez Dominguez, Diana Manrique (Colombia)
From the jury report: "This is a project that denotes the authors’ skills with a remarkable level of development and a very effective resolution of the interrelationships of the different spaces.
It achieves a profound dialogue with the landscape through its heavy and stony materiality, rooted to the ground where the nature and artifice intend to merge.
It values the privacy of the different spaces for the artists and offers a privileged view of the countryside."
The Jury also awarded three Mentions:
Authors: Theano Iris Kouneni, Basilis Babougyios (Greece)
From the jury report: "This proposal retrieves a place for the city greatly valuing the public space with art as a motif.
The references between the original use of the space and the proposal are metaphorically well achieved. It presents nature as the protagonist of the staging space. The idea is presented in a clear and impeccable conceptual sequence."
Authors: Ahinitze Errasti, Alejandro Gonzalez (Holland)
From the jury report: "The project has the value of the complaint and the criticism in a time and context in which the dissertation on conventional values of architecture and consumer goods it welcomed.
The approach of giving a public use to the buildings, that are inert due democratic absolutism is extremely thoughtful and courageous."
Author: Alberto Simon Baulenas (Spain)
From the jury report: "From a proactive stance, this project extends the competition program by giving to it a fascinating new dimension.
It solves the living and creating inscribing them in an attractive adventure.It recognizes the conceptual and poetic value of the proposal, highlighting the possibility of transfer of the whole and the possibility of separating the core individual spaces."
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