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Winners of 2013-2015 Grand Prix awarded in Venice

Residential Buildings
Jacopo MascheroniJM Architecture

The awards ceremony took place in the magnificent setting of the IUAV University of Venice. The guest of honour was architect Simone Sfriso from TAMassociati, the team that curated the Italian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

Montebar Villa Medeglia, Canton Ticino (Switzerland)
by JM Architecture

This project expertly interprets the concept of the home with a pitched roof – in accordance with building regulations – with a markedly contemporary approach. There is an unusual, experimental solution adopted for the ceramic cladding, which entirely covers each vertical and inclined surface to create a monolithic, mono-material and monochrome architectural style – one that blends in flawlessly with its natural surroundings. The structure itself and the meticulous attention to the finer details mean that the compositional, performance-based and application potential of the cutting-edge porcelain stoneware used is fully realised.

The tenth edition of the Grand Prix international architecture competition, which is promoted and organised by Casalgrande Padana, saw participation from over 150 designers from all over the world. The projects submitted were of an excellent standard, demonstrating the growing popularity of ceramics in the construction industry – and, indeed, the esteem in which the material is held.

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