Jury feedback summary
‘The Agora’ concentrates the various programmes into a single mass set below the level of the existing buildings. It is carved into the hillside, to remain discrete and also to avoid blocking existing views from the complex to the vineyard. The project conforms to a strong grid and expands the site’s existing ‘plaza’ with sunken outdoor spaces where people can gather. The jury writes, “The views of the space were carefully designed by creating the entrance plaza and connecting the vineyard view with multiple courtyards. Chosen materials are fitting to the atmosphere of the surroundings. The building has perhaps too much presence on the vineyard-facing elevation, though the material selection helps it to blend in with the existing environment.” The submission was lauded for its strong, alluring interior and exterior images, though the jury also commented that the design of the exterior spaces could benefit from further development.