Astronomic subtlety, or in search of stars
- contemporary architecture
The list of 25 Russian and foreign architects who would present their projects of Perm art Galley competition has been published. There had been two main criteria – symbolic project, as well as new names. The competition should give a city a architectural attraction as well as find a new ‘star’. Six Russian architects have been selected to take part in the competition.
Perm’s competition is different: first, it is open. Secondly, it has a double aim – to find an impressive project and a new star. Thus a great deal of attention was paid to relatively unknown names and to young architects. The jury (Irina Korobyna, the head of the Moscow Centre for Contemporary Architecture, Oleg Otshepkov, the Perm’s Minister of Culture, Alexander Kudryavtsev, the President of the Academy of Architecture, and the foreign ‘star’ Peter Zumtor) has selected 25 architects who are to compete in the final stage. The criteria were as follows – if an architect was already known, he was to demonstrate a completely unpredictable portfolio (this was the case of Vladimir Plotkin). Apart from him there were five more architects from Russia selected – Alexander Brodsky, Totan Kizenbaev, ‘Atr-Blya’, and “A+” from Perm.
Journalists have noticed tension between the concept of the city development which needed a guaranteed landmark, and the competition’s aim at finding new names. On the other hand what really matters is not so much the name of an architect as the quality of the project itself. In any case one has to admit that the organizers and the jury are extremely ambitious in their desire to build a landmark, find a new star, and to change the city image radically, following European practices. They keep one safety line though – the competition riles state that local authorities have a right to veto the winning project; in such case a winner would be recompensed by the double premium of $200,000.
The winners are to be announced on the 6th of December 2007.
1. «À+» / Russia, Perm
2. Acconci Studio + Guy Nordenson and Associates LLP / USA, NY
3. Adjaye Associates / Great Britain, London
4. Aleksandr Brodsky bureau / Russia, Moscow
5. Asymptote Architecture PLLC / USA, New York
6. Coop Himmelb(l)au, Prix, Dreibholz&Partner / Austria, Vienne
7. Eric Owen Moss Architects / USA, Culver City
8. Esa Ruskeepää / Finland, Helsinki
9. Hans HOLLEIN / Austria, Wien
10. Kitagamura – Dendra / Japan, Tokyo
11. LOMA architecture landscape urbanism / Germany, Kassel
12. Meili, Peter Architekten AG / Switzerland, Zurich
13. Naga Studio Architecture / USA, Los Angeles
14. Nieto Sobejano / Spain, Madrid
15. NOX Lars Spuybroek / The Netherlands, Rotterdam
16. Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architects and Urban Planners / France, Paris
17. OOO Bernasconi / Russia, Moscow
18. Schmidt Hammer Lassen k/s / Denmark, Aarhus
19. Søren Robert Lund Arkitekter / Denmark, Copenhagen
20. Tatiana Bilbao / Mexico, Mexico
21. Totan Kuzembaev Architectural workshop / Russia, Moscow
22. Valerio Olgiati / Switzerland, Shur
23. Vladimir Plotkin / Russia, Moscow
24. Zaha Hadid Architects trading / Great Britain, London
25. ÎÎÎ «À – B» / Russia, Moscow