The best developer was chosen and awarded by Sergei Skuratov, accompanying the awarding with comments on the ambiguity of awarding the client with an architect: “does this mean that I will not work with those whom I do not choose and, on the contrary, will work with those whom I have chosen?…”. The winner in this controversial nomination was "Capital Group", which, however, did not send a single representative to the awarding ceremony, so there was no one to take the prize - a big red chair. "They were sure that they would not win, commented Sergey Skuratov, because I strongly criticized them several years ago."
Skuratov himself was awarded for the project of a house in Tessinskoye (which we already wrote about), for the same he already received an Arch-Moscow diploma six months ago: by all appearances, Tessinsky is aiming to repeat the stellar path of two other Skuratov buildings - Butikovsky and Cooper House … The nomination expert Yevgeny Ass, who presented the prize, voiced two things that modern architecture lacks poetry, and Skuratov's architecture is very poetic, for which he chose it.
Sergei Skuratov went to his own rewarding with two young architects, whom he introduced to the public as “his favorite students who have been working with him for 4 years already” and commented: “… you said for poetry, but poets work alone, but the architect does not” …
Dmitry Aleksandrov received the prize for the best experimental project awarded by Vinka DubbleDam (Archi-Tectonics). The laureate was the “Sea Eagle's Nest” village, designed by Aleksandrov for Crete, where small, very laconic houses are organically inscribed with the landscape - either growing out of it, or, on the contrary, growing into the ancient land. Perhaps this is the “identity” effect that Vinca hinted at when commenting on her choice at the press conference. At the presentation, Dmitry Alexandrov said that they had decided to build the project and he hoped that the idea would be fully preserved.
The main laureate of this year, who collected two nominations, including the main one, Totan Kuzembaev was laconic at the awarding ceremony, but with a sense of humor. When presenting the prize for the structural design of the building, which was awarded by Werner Sobek, he said: “he does not know me, I don’t know him, and this is correct”. At the presentation of the main prize for the building, Kuzembaev went on stage with a young employee and, introducing her to the public, said that she was definitely more beautiful than Skuratov's students. The best building was chosen by Chris Wilkinson, so it turned out that two out of three foreigners in the jury agreed on one Kuzembaev building - the wooden Yacht Office.
As you can see, an independent jury chose projects that were very calm, delicate and sensitive to the environment. The only thing missing is the scale. Even in the town planning nomination, something small and natural won - the concept of the development of the southern slope of the Ufa Peninsula (Rishat Mullagildin). Against this background, the victorious metro interior looks somewhat harshly modernist, although, of course, bright. But if you think about it, he also hid underground.
On the contrary, where they were going to award structural units, a whole constructive solution won - the speed skating stadium of Nodar Kancheli.
Larger laureates have accumulated in development nominations - Sergey Kiselev's Avangard was named the best implementation from the development standpoint, and Capital Group, as already mentioned, was named supporting high-quality architectural solutions. It turns out that in terms of architecture, beautiful, but relatively local ideas are in the lead, while developers, which is understandable, strive for large-scale implementations.