Twelve years after its creation, international architects are as enthusiastic as ever about the VMZinc® Archizinc Trophy architecture competition, as demonstrated by this 7TH edition, which received over 150 projects from 18 different countries. Last March, a jury of professionals from the world of architecture awarded 12 prizes: 9 prizes in the 4 categories (Individual Housing/Collective Housing/Commercial Buildings/Public Buildings) and 3 special prizes. More than just buildings, these prizes were awarded to comprehensive projects combining architectural quality, harmonious integration into the environment and aesthetic balance, using creative applications that highlight VMZinc® solutions.
This bi-annual competition confirms VMZinc®'s extensive influence worldwide and its capacity to bring together diverse cultures, building typologies and architectural styles focusing on zinc. This noble, natural andrecyclable materialis used in a multitude of applications and surface aspects, in both new buildings and renovations: from the extension of a monastery to the construction of a new-generation shopping centre, via an ecological training centre, a house with an atypical style and the renovation of a historic museum.
The VMZinc® Archizinc Trophy competition also demonstrates the strength of the connections established betweenarchitects and the brand, between construction players and zinc. A lasting partnership, recognised during the awards ceremony on Friday 10 June 2016, at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris. Each winning architect will be showcased in October 2016 in a special issue of VMZinc®'s architecture magazine Focus On Zinc. With 50,000 copies published and distributed in approximately thirty countries, this publication gives the architects an opportunity to promote their project worldwide.
Individual Housing: Casa Golf, Hondarribia (Spain) Rehabite - Enrique Echeverría Lecuona, Aritz Berastegui Aizpurua And Josu Laguardia Igiñitz
Collective Housing: Canopée Résidence, Bordeaux (France) Brochet Lajus Pueyo - Nicolas Merlo
Commercial Buildings: The 82 Bank Learning Center, Nagano (Japan) Nikken Sekkei Ltd - Masanori Yano And Yuka Hagiwara
Public Buildings: Museum Of Fine Arts, Oviedo (Spain) Mangado Y Asociados S.L – F. J. Mangado Beloqui
Sustainable Building Award: Penamoulins High School, Lille (France) Chartier Dalix Architectes Sébastien Chevance, Frédéric Chartier And Pascale Dalix Co-Architect Avantpropos Architectes
Internet Users Award: Daan Residential, Taipei (Taiwan) Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - David Weng Co-Architect C.T. Chen Architects & Associates
Jury's Special Award: Reconversion and Extension of the Former Hospital, Meursault (France) Jung Architectures - Frédéric Jung Co-Architect Simon Buri