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Finnish architect Matti Sanaksenaho wins the Internationa Barbara Cappochin 2007 International Prize

September 28, 2007
by Canadian Architect

The International Grand Prix goes to Finnish architect Matti Sanaksenaho. This prize is the opportunity to promote quality in contemporary architecture and its relationship with its environment as a means of stimulating debate and permitting a comparison between international architecture and the architecture of the province of Padua. It also seeks to strengthen the publics interest in and passion for architecture and to highlight the role of each of the projects protagonists. Open to architects throughout the world, this edition of the Prize concerned projects completed between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2007 in the residential, commercial or public facilities sectors.

The international jury met on September 14 and 15, 2007 in Padua, and examined the 312Submitted projects. Under the presidency of Raffaele Sirica, architect, CNAPPC President, the jury was composed of Fulvio Irace, President of the architecture section of the Milan triennial (Italy), Giancarlo Ius, architect, UIA Vice-President (Italy), Amerigo Restucci, architect (Italy), Gonalo Byrne, architect (Portugal), Jose Luis Cortes Delgado, architect (Mexico), Suk Won Kang, architect (Republic of Korea), Katherine L. Schwennsen, outgoing AIA President (USA) representing the UIA, Steffen Zgel, CEO Fischer Italia Srl (Germany) and Charles Majoroh, architect (Nigeria).

A total of 72,000 was awarded: an international grand prix of 60,000; a special prize of 6,000 for architectural and construction detail, and a prize of 6,000 for a project located in the province of Padua.

The International Grand Prix was awarded to the Finnish architect Matti Sanaksenaho, for Saint Henriks chapel on the island of Hirvensalo, Turku, a particularly interesting religiousspace that transmits a message of ecumenical integration. Located on a hill, the buildinggives onto a small public square that is the focus of local social life and is an example ofexcellent integration between landscape and architecture.

The special prize recognizing the quality of construction detail was awarded to Malaysian architect Lim Huat for the Cameron Highlands Visitors Centre in Malaysia. This expressive, linear cantilevered structure uses simple locally available materials and low-tech construction techniques.

The prize for the province of Padua was awarded to the educational complex designed by Italian architect Adolfo Zanetti. Four mentions were awarded in the international section, two in the construction detail section, and three mentions in the provincial category.

This international prize is organized by the Barbara Cappochin Foundation, with the supportof the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of the province of Padua, the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Italian National Council ofArchitects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists (CNAPPC).

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