2021 Piranesi awards announced


Final jury report

Piran, 26 November 2021
Piranesi Award is conferred since 1989, this year for the 32nd time in a row. The international jury for the 2021 Piranesi Awards met on 26 November 2021 in Monfort Exhibition hall in Portorose. Members of the jury, traditionally composed of every year Piran lecturers, were:
Sandy Attia, the president
Levente Szabó
Daniela Škarica, Ivana Žalac
Christian Ambos
Carles Enrich Gimenez
Matija Bevk
The jury was led by Eva Mavsar, Vesna Perovnik and Tatjana Sirk.
For 2021 Piranesi award 54 architectural projects were nominated by national selectors from 11 European countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia.
37 students’ projects were nominated by students’ selectors from 19 European Faculties of Architecture from Graz, Spittal, Vienna, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Pescara, Trieste, Podgorica, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Maribor, Belgrade, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and AA London. All together 81 projects arrived to Piranesi exhibition, 47 projects from architects, and 34 projects from students.
The traditional criteria of selection for the Piranesi exhibition were:
. Considered setting in an urban or natural space
. Spatial and design accordance with the context
. Contemporary innovative spatial plan and layout
. Respectful approach to the natural and cultural heritage
. Contemporary understanding of traditional and autochthonous architectural elements
. Innovative details
. Considered use of color, materials, texture and light
All Piranesi winners receive a chair of Slovenian architect and designer Niko Kralj, donated by our sponsor RexKralj.
Glass sculpture for Piranesi Award was designed by young Slovene architect Ajda Racman who won 1st prize at student tender, organized in 2017 by Dessa Gallery and Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design. The sculpture was made in famous Steklarna Rogaska/Rogaska glassworks.
After considering all the projects, jury decided that awards go to:
International 2021 Piranesi Student Honorable Mention
RIsort, Aquatorium of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia, 2019/2020
Student: Matija Babić, Antonija Balić, Karla Jelić-Balta, Martin Mertz, Andro Mihalac, Fran Mikolić, Luka Šen
Mentor: Idis Turato
The proposal imagines a thought-provoking strategy for reconnecting the city of Rijeka back to the sea. Under the umbrella title of a theme park, the project revitalizes the port city through a series of “hybrid infrastructural elements” that create a synergy between the largely obsolete, industrial port and the new programs. The depth and detail with which the proposal explores the topic offers an exciting approach to large scale, contemporary architectural problems whereby collaboration, flexibility and future possibilities are key principles.
International 2021 Piranesi Honorable Mention
Market Ptuj, Ptuj, Slovenia, 2020
Architect: Arhitektura Krušec
Landscape architect: Studio AKKA
The square offers all that we would hope for in a public space in a historical city center: social space, connectivity, and a conversation with the surrounding urban fabric. The sophisticated detailing coupled with the no frills approach reconfigures the formerly, unarticulated open space into a vibrant urban place with a clear identity.  The skillful manipulation of the ground in section allows for a covered market, small shops and various seating areas.  
International 2021 Piranesi Honorable Mention
Hunting Grounds, Pet Crematorium, Drnov, The Czech Republic, 2021
Architect: Petr Hájek, Martin Stoss, Cornelia Klein
The project injects a surprising program into the ruins of a military air defense site to produce a captivating effect that is both ephemeral and grounded. The magic of the shimmering, mirrored wall is that it dissolves into the landscape while also embodying a sense of otherworldliness. A simple element creates an enigmatic experience whereby pet owners can find solace.
International 2021 Piranesi Award goes to:
Saint Gellért Hall (Sports and event hall for the Saint Margaret High School), Budapest, Hungary, 2020
Architect: Építész Stúdió, Design team: Zsolt Félix, Tamás Fialovszky, Bálint Gulyás, Gergely Kenéz
The sports hall is a project that cleverly balances the architectural resolution of the program with a quiet poetry. The tectonic integration of structure, light and material, together with the effective site strategy offers a convincing solution to the sports hall typology. By burying a large portion of the building and using the rooftop as an extension of the park, the project’s surface area is doubled to form an outdoor recreational area. The light, metal structure of the façade extends upwards to become a U-shaped protective fence that affords continuity with the surrounding context.
. 5 projects from architects:
Visitors center and complex for observing nature of Lonja field, Lonja field, Croatia, 2020
Architect: Mia Roth Čerina, Tonči Čerina
Lasvit Company Headquarters, Nový Bor, The Czech Republic, 2019
Architect: ov-a, Jiří Opočenský, Štěpán Valouch
Salamis Summer House, Salamis Island, Greece, 2020
Architect: AREA (Architecture Research Athens), Styliani Daouti, Giorgos Mitroulias, Michaeljohn Raftopoulos
Sightseeing tower, Devínska Kobyla, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2020
Architect: Tomáš Šebo, Igor Lichý, Emanuel Zatlukaj, Imrich Vaško, Branislav Groch, Aleš Hradecký, Denisa Pavkovček Šťastná
Il rifugio del Gelso, Montevecchia, LC, Italy, 2021
Architect: A25architetti
. 3 projects from students:
Complex Novi trg in Novo mesto renovation project, Novo mesto, Slovenija, 2021
Student: Marko Primažič
Mentor: prof. Tomaž Krušec, M. Arch; asist. Miha Munda, M.Arch
Philotes of the void: Collapsing and constructing lands in the urban discontinuity of Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio, Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece, 2020
Student: Artemis Patsalia-Kostiri, Evgenia Stamatiou
Mentor: Nadia Kalara; Alexandra Alexopoulou
SOUND CANON – Amplifying the local culture‘s voice, Sekirn, Wörthersee, Austria, 2021
Student: Eleonora Balestra, Clara Copiglia, Kanto Ohara Maeda, Anne Steffen, Mykhailo Zhuk
Mentor: Aljoša Dekleva, Thomas Randall-Page, Travnik, Amanda Sperger