‘Stairway to Heaven’ Second Prize Winning Proposal / PYO Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d’Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste
Inspired by the adjacent canal’s pragmatic linearity and the industrial buildings located on the left bank, the second prize winning proposal, titled ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for the new high school appears as a linear volume located in the extension of the Veveyse promenade’s perspective. Designed by PYO Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d’Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste, the basic organization of the building is staged with a central staircase of generous proportions linking a sequence of public spaces that interrupt diagonally the classrooms structural grid.More images and architects’ description after the break.
London and Barcelona-based practice AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architecture) has been announced as winner of an international competition aimed to establish a permanent residence for the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Breaking away from the starchitect notion of public architecture needing to make an “extravagant gesture”, AZPA’s innovative proposal partakes in an act of “urban recycling” by reusing the pre-existent, nineteenth century structure of Piazza Castello and transforming its interior courtyard into three sizable theaters. Additionally, a complimentary renovation will take place on the surrounding Piazza Remo Rossi, which will be repaved with red natural stone that essentially provides a “permanent red carpet” qualified to host an array of festival related events.
As Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo describes: “I do not want to redraw the city, but keep the city.”
AZPA’s winning design not only preserves and capitalizes on the existing integrity of the city, but the strategies employed makes this an economically viable solution. With an estimated price tag of 28 million Swiss Francs, this renovation is said to be no more than the cost of a complete demolition.
More on AZPA’s winning proposal after the break.