INDEX 2011, Ischia International Architecture Prize, PIDA

PIDA 2011 winners

Each year, the organisers of an Italian interior design and architecture competition share their winning entries with another country to showcase its entries. This year it partnered with UAE

The fourth Ischia International Architecture Prize (Premio Internazionale Ischia di arhitectura), PIDA, was held at La Colombaia villa, the former residence of Italian film director Luchino Visconti, from July 18-24 this year.

The awards competition, organised by the National Bioarchitecture Association, (ANAB), Compasses, Naples Architect Council and PIDA Association recognises the most beautiful hotels and spas in the world and received 32 entries for the two categories of Architecture and Interior Design.

Each year, the organisers share the entries with another country to learn different ways of architecture and interior design. Last year, it was with the US and American Institute of Architect. This year, it has partnered with UAE where the winning entries will be showcased at Index at Dubai World Trade Centre.

“We chose to partner with the UAE this year because it has a number of significant projects that have been realised through hotel and spa design including the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis and Burj Khalifa,” said Giovannangelo de Angelis, president, PIDA.

“The competition’s Architecture prize was awarded to Rosario Cusenza and Maria Salvo for their environmental recovery of an abandoned quarry on the island of Favignana and its conversion into a four star underground hotel; the Interior Design prize went to Mauro Piantelli (studio DE8) for the Yas Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE.”

The interior of the Yas Marina Hotel is a collaboration between DE8 Architetti and Asymptote Architecture.
“Contrary to what happens most of the time when the interior does not reflect or give justice to the architecture, the project was born from a clear objective to make the inside aesthetically consistent with the outside, not withstanding the functional logic behind every line,” said Piantelli, DE8 Architects.

“The interior vis-à-vis the exterior is not just a communication of literal forms, but at the same time, coherent strategies and well orchestrated emotions to the users. True to the idea of the architects, the interior creates an architectural symphony with the building, never overlapping, but rather making it more expressive, evident and effective.”

Special Jury Prizes were given to Mario Cucinella, winner of the PIDA Sustainability award, for his interest in issues related to environmental design and sustainability in architecture, Italo Rota, winner of the PIDA Career award for his hotels, which propose an approach to design that offers an unconventional mixture of colours, materials, lights and traditions and Luigi Filetici, for Photography.

There was also an award for a design workshop, held in July, “From Eco-Monster to Eco-Beauty”, which called for the conversion of a concrete skeleton in the town of Forio d’Ischia into the new Carabinieri headquarters.

The architects who participated in the workshop, coordinated by Mario Cucinella, are all recent graduates, selected based on their CV. Of the submissions received, 12 candidates were selected based on their final grades including Galina Bogdanova and Sarah Khawaja from the American University of Dubai.