Architecture Competition Iceland Cave Tower Honorable mention – OPPS architettura

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Iceland Cave Tower” competition – Antonio Salvi, Francesco Polci, Filippo Pecorai and Antonello Boschi from Italy!

Architecture Competition Iceland Cave Tower Honorable mention – UNIVERSITY OF PISA

Antonio Salvi, Francesco Polci, Filippo Pecorai and Antonello Boschi from Italy

OPPS architettura was born in February 2015 from young Tuscan architects. The work carried out includes participation in architectural competitions, private projects, and public collaborations with the intention of combining research and contingency. In 2016, Filippo Pecorai, Francesco Polci and Antonio Salvi opened the studio in Florence on Via Fossombroni 11. In 2021, Francesco Polci and Antonio Salvi opened the associated firm. Antonello Boschi is an associate professor at the University of Pisa. He was involved in the project as a consultant for underground architecture.

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Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?


During their architectural career, the firm has won five first prizes, four second prizes, two third prizes, three fourth prizes, and other mentions in architectural competitions. At the same time, the firm has addressed the theme of living – completing six interiors – and that of educating – through a school extension still under construction. In 2015, 2017 and 2019, the office has been invited to the New Generation Festival as an emerging firm. In 2016, OPPS was awarded fourth in the 'TOP 10 under 36' young Italian architects, 'New Italian Blood'.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

The footprint as an interpretation of the work. Sign and absence in the same place. Mark a direction and a measure. It is memory, movement, Construction of a path.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Competitions represent the means to be able to intervene directly in the public sphere through projects capable of dealing with architecture as a tool for the community. They remain the main means of being able to condition the image of the landscape without private superstructures, following a common vision of architecture.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?


We think it is very difficult to give advice on this. The work is hard, continuous, risky. We believe that in some way it has to do with the vocation of architects, everyone can only find it within themselves.

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winners of the 1st prize of our
Pape Bird Observation Tower” competition:
Manuel Pareja Abascal and Berta Risueño Muzás from Spain!

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winners of the 1st prize of our “Pape Bird Observation Tower” competition - Manuel Pareja Abascal and Berta Risueño Muzás from Spain!

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