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Chiara Erhardt and Luca Steinert (RWTH Aachen)
Pauline Borremans (UHasselt)
Simone von Grotthuss (RWTH Aachen)
Chiara Erhardt and Luca Steinert win 31st Euregional Prize for Architecture
On 19 December, the cross-border Euregional Prize for Architecture was awarded for the 31st time. First prize went to Chiara Erhardt and Luca Steinert (RWTH Aachen) for their project ‘ritrova.riesi’.
The Euregional Prize for Architecture is an initiative of SCHUNCK, the centre for art and culture in Heerlen (NL). The prize is awarded annually for the best final-year project from the five faculties of architecture based in the cities of Hasselt, Liège, Maastricht and Aachen. Like last year, the award was presented online due to current COVID restrictions. The jury for the 31st edition was made up of Thomas Schaplik (chair), Jeroen Geurst, Luise Kister, Paolo Ruaro and Livia de Bethune.
First prize for ritrova.riesi
First prize (€2,500) went to Chiara Erhardt and Luca Steinert (RWTH Aachen) for their project ‘ritrova.riesi’. Riesi, in Sicily, is just one town in Italy that has been suffering from significant levels of emigration and blight. Erhardt and Steiner made an investigation of how an architectural strategy might alleviate the situation. The jury praised the project for its sensitivity to locality. “By finding new cultural functions for existing abandoned buildings, the project aims to strengthen the town centre and public life. Reusing and rethinking existing structures in the town is an interesting and necessary theme, which made sense in the context of Riesi,” was the jury’s verdict.
Recharging Flanders as runner up
Second prize (€1,250) went to Pauline Borremans (UHasselt) for her project ‘Recharging Flanders' water battery’. The project put forward proposals for a research and visitor centre as part of a pilot project in De Wijers, to find solutions for the dehydrating landscapes of Flanders. The jury rated highly the project’s awareness for sustainability and climate issues, both in terms of architectural building practices and in terms of (water) landscaping practices. The jury was particularly impressed that this project on paper had already become a trigger for debate, prompting local stakeholders, such as farmers and ecologists, into dialogue.
Observatory and Hostelry
Simone von Grotthuss (RWTH Aachen) took third prize (€500) for her project entitled ‘Observatory and Hostelry’. It was the poetic narrative and simplicity of the project, in particular, that impressed the jury. The project invites us to reflect on our world and the universe, whilst contemplating the stars from an observatory in the middle of the Eifel National Park. The jury imagined itself gazing skywards from one of the public and private spaces along the observatory’s circular path and was particularly charmed by the beautiful drawings which captured the special atmosphere of the place.
For more information about the 30 nominations and best final-year studies of 2021, including jury reports, video presentations and project analyses, go to schunck.nl/nl/31eap.