Foreword

Of all building materials and their respective histories in culture and material science, concrete is perhaps one the more confounding. Shaped and transformed like a plastic or molten metal, concrete embodies a catalytic geology, fossilizing inertia, gravity, weight, longevity, and time. The consequence, a poetic manifestation of pervasive use, from the banal and utilitarian to the monumental and spectacular — a binding mortar in masonry and ceramics, a structural frame of columns, foundations, and floor slabs, a facade of precast panels or béton brut, an infrastructure of roads, tunnels, bridges, and dams. What timber is to the primitive hut, the post and lintel, concrete is to both utility and monumentality, the arch, dome, and vault; with application and performance as versatile as the human imagination.

The Rome Concrete Poetry Hall invites entrants to project and cast their own imagination in the formation of a multipurpose concrete building in historic Rome. The siting harkens to both the history of concrete and of monumentality in the context of antiquity and western civilization’s cultural heritage. At the center of a piazza, transcribed by a railway, the project necessitates subterranean excavation, recontextualizing Rome's archaeological past. Successful projects conscientiously engage the technological and cultural possibilities of concrete as a building medium within this framework. The jury showed preference to projects that explore the spatial, material, structural, conceptual, and cultural agency of this ever expanding building science.

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1st Prize Winner

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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

The participation to contests comes from the will to report with different ideas and ways to think about architecture. The contests allows you to investigate and address different issues, putting you constantly in a challenge. It is a processing project tool. It is a way to implement your project capacity, thanks to a constant confrontation with other project outcomes.

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Authors Gino Baldi, Serena Comi
Country Italy
+108 points Buildner University Rankings

2nd Prize Winner

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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

The competition gives an impulse to search for new approaches to architecture. It is a way to express our commitment to humanistic ideas and an active professional attitude to architecture. This attitude gives guidelines for design of rational structures and sensible spaces throughout free search and common sense.

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Company Project Institute
Authors Sergey Korobkov, Alexey Yakushev, Evgeniy Korobskoy, Andrey Tsyplakov
Country Russian Federation

3rd Prize Winner

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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

Architecture vision competitions provide a platform that allows the greatest flow of creativity and imagination. It allows architects to dream big and to spread their ideas to a global audience. The social sphere of the competitions encourages the intermingling of ideas across the world.

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Authors Eveline Lam, Dave Holborn
Country Canada
+62 points Buildner University Rankings

Honorable Mentions

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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

Authors Olivia Kate Peel, Craig Nener
Country Australia
+52 points Buildner University Rankings
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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

Authors Han Kwon, Suk Lee, Jieun Youn
Country United States
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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

Authors Michele Fumagalli, Andrea Tommaso Abbado, Andrea Toccolini
Country Italy
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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

Authors Jaime Campos Verdeguer, Maria del Carmen Figueroa Hernández
Country Spain
+52 points Buildner University Rankings
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Rome Concrete Poetry Hall

Company Sparch Sakellaridou/Papanikolaou Architects
Country Greece