International Stone Architecture Award Winners

Words: Dan Kamys

Fermin Vasquez
Fermin Vasquez

Architects from Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Italy were recently selected by an international jury to receive Veronafiere/Marmomacc’s International Stone Architecture Award. This is the 11th edition of a biannual program created by Veronafiere in 1987 as part of the trade fair company’s commitment to the culture of stone. Prizes will be presented Oct. 3 during Marmomacc in Verona, Italy, at the Museo di Castelvecchio.

Espigueros and Horreos
Espigueros and Horreos

Following are the honored architects, their projects and the primary stone material:

  • Asian Architecture Friendship –
    Osaka, Japan-based group of volunteers, mainly composed of architects from the construction firm Takenaka Corp.; School Complex, Philim, Nepal 2007; local stone and slate
  • Fermin V??zquez
    b720 Arquitectos – Barcelona, Spain, www.b720.com; Restoration of Plaza del Torico, Teruel, Spain, 2007; basalt
  • Cino Zucchi Architetti –
    Milan, Italy, www.zucchiarchitetti.com; offices in the former Alfa Rome Cafeteria at Portello, Milan, Italy 2007; Cardoso stone
  • Grafton Architects –
    Dublin, Ireland, www.graftonarchitects.ie; Luigi Bocconi University, New Building, Milan, Italy, 2008; Ceppo
  • Sn??hetta –
    Oslo, Norway, www.snoarc.no; Opera House, Oslo, Norway, 2008; Carrara marble
  • “Ad Memoriam” Award: Alejandro De La Sota;
    Madrid, Spain; Civil Government Offices, Tarragona, Spain 1957; local stone
  • Vernacular Architecture Prize – Espigueros and Horreos:
    Stone Granaries in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain); granite
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