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AZURE, Canada’s leading contemporary design magazine, revealed the winners of its first annual AZ AWARDS, the international competition recognizing excellence in design and architecture.

“The AZ AWARDS shows the high calibre of Canadian design by pitting it against the best in the world,” said Nelda Rodger, editor-in-chief of AZURE. “This competition is the next step in AZURE’s mission to provide our readers with visionary and engaging coverage of the international contemporary design scene.” These awards are the first of their kind: the only international, multi-disciplinary design competition in Canada. Representing a global snapshot of the world of design, submissions were open to designers, architects and firms of all disciplines, as well as students in these fields. To be eligible, designs and concepts had to be realized by 2010.

An impressive 600 entries arriving from 25 countries to a shortlist of 52 finalists. From there, a selection of 14 winners, included Valcucine.

Here i s the complete list of the WINNERS (*Indicates both jury-selected and People’s Choice Winner)

Furniture Design: Ply Shelves, by Matter Design and CW Keller (USA)*

Furniture Systems Design: Invitrium Recyclable Kitchen, by Valcucine (Italy)*

Lighting Design: Softlight, by Molo (Canada) People’s Choice: Canopy, by United Visual Artists (UK)

Interior Product Design: SensoWash Stark, by Duravit (Germany)*

Residential Architecture: Linear House, by Patkau Architects (Canada) – People’s Choice: 60 Richmond East, by Teeple Architects (Canada)

Commercial and Institutional Architecture: Long Studio, by Saunders Arkitektur (Norway)*

Landscape Architecture: Ballast Point Park, by McGregor Coxall (Australia) – People’s Choice: Trinity College Quadrangle, by gh3 (Canada)

Temporary and Demonstration Architecture: NY-11-18-02-10, by Campaign (UK) – People’s Choice: Ontario Pavilion, by Hariri Pontarini Architects (Canada)

Residential Interiors: Surry Hills Warehouse, by Ian Moore Architects (Australia) – People’s Choice: Crosstown Loft, by Campos Leckie Studio (Canada)

Commercial and Institutional Interiors: Scandinave Les Bains, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada) – People’s Choice: DRU Cultural Factory, by M&R Interior Architecture (The Netherlands)

Unbuilt Concepts: Musée National des Beaux-Arts, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada) – People’s Choice: Openair, by Jet Architecture, CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group (Canada/China)

Other Unrealized Concepts: Metropolitan Vertical Amusement Park, by Ju-Hyun Kim (USA)*

Student Work: Temporary Mosque, by Alex Josephson, University of Waterloo (Canada) – People’s Choice: Visions of Settlement, by Katherine Kovalik, University of Waterloo (Canada)

For the Jury Award: Hydroelectric Lamp, by Hierve (UK) – People’s Choice: OMS Stage, by 5468796 Architecture (Canada)

The 2011 AZ AWARDS exhibition will be open to the public from June 18 – September 25 at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W) in Toronto, Canada.

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About 600 entries across 25 countries were submitted to Azure’s AZ AWARDS 2011, the magazine’s first annual international competition recognizing excellence in design.  Of these submissions, international experts – Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier Landscape Architects, Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, product designer Patty Johnson, Eero Koivisto of Claesson Koivisto Rune and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg – have chosen the finalists and winners.

We are proud to announce that Valcucine’s Invitrum Base System was chosen as finalist for the category Furniture Systems. Thanks for voting and supporting us!
Do you know Invitrum? Discover more about it…

What happens now?
On June 16 the winners selected by the jury and the public will be announced during a private ceremony and exhibition at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. All winners and finalists will be featured in Azure’s Awards Annual on newsstands in June. The AZ AWARDS private ceremony and exhibition opening will take place June 16 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The AZ AWARDS winners exhibition will be open to the public June 18 to September 25.

stone house

If you feel like going back to thousands of years and fancy natural minimal design, why not taking a visit to the “Stone House”, a real house made of two giant stones at the North of Portugal. In the middle of nowhere, the Stone House emerges as an astonishing piece of building, perfectly amalgamated with nature, directly from a Tim Burton’s movie. Probably inspired by the Flintstones cartoons, this stunning house was constructed between two giant stones on the hillside of Fafe mountains in the portuguese countryside, and its unusual design daily attracts many tourists from all over the world. Is it the prototype for a new old-age generation? It could be the perfect place to live in, actually. In fact, like most contemporary houses, it has a roof, a front door and also windows – with a particular feel of “deep contact to our origins’ lifestyle”. If you are interested in building with sustainable material, well, what better way to do that than actually use nature (rocks in this case) in your architecture projects?
This is the case of the Stone House, located in Nas montanhas de Fafe, Portugal. Maybe it’s a little bizarre as a living concept, but we appreciate the idea of looking for a balance between man and environment, especially if we want to escape from the stress of modern living.

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And what about the interiors? The kitchen? Can you imagine an Artematica Legno inside the Stone House?


The 12th International Architecture Exhibition, with the title of “People meet in architecture”, directed by Kazuyo Sejima and organized by la Biennale di Venezia under the presidency of Paolo Baratta will be open to the public from Sunday 29th August to Sunday 21st November 2010 in the Giardini, Arsenale and in various locations throughout Venice. The preview will take place on August, 26th, 27th, 28th 2010.
After a series of editions of the Architecture Biennale directed by eminent critics and historians, this Sector is once again in the hands of an architect, Kazuyo Sejima. The first woman to direct the Architecture Sector of the Biennale, Sejima has recently been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010 (together with Ryue Nishizawa).

The exhibition People meet in architecture will be laid out in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni della Biennale (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, forming a single itinerary, with 48 participants: firms, architects, engineers and artists from around the world.
“The 2010 Architecture Biennale should be a reflection on architecture – says Director Kazuyo Sejima. The twenty-first century has just started. Many radical changes are taking place. In such a rapid-changing context, can architecture clarify new values and a new lifestyle for the present? Hopefully, this show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture, as well as to account for its plurality of approaches, each one of them being a different way of living”.

Domus with the support of Valcucine will be at the 12th International Architecture Biennale with two events in the Kitchen Monument, a transparent bubble designed by the Berlin architecture studio Raumlabor, which will be a venue for debates, videos and round-table conferences.

Here are the events:

27 August from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – “PEOPLE AND ARCHITECTURE MEET IN PHOTOGRAPHY”

A round-table discussion with photographers at the Biennale on the theme of the mutual influence between architecture and photography today.

29 August from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM – “HIC SUNT LEONES”

The winners of the Gold and Silver Lion awards describe their works to the public.

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