The ceremony began with a noisy drumbeat, to which a huge ball was blown up on the stage, which later became a giant screen. In addition, a small orchestra played, and opera singers performed in between awards. Everything took place in full dress and in terms of the degree of "glamor" it looked more like a film / music award than the usual narrowly professional one - at the ceremony several times, as a joke, it was said that such a pomp indicates that modern architecture is becoming one of the most important and popular arts.
The competition was held in four nominations. In the nomination "Interior of the apartment", after a long discussion, Alexander Dolgopolov was called the winner, who received a prize of $ 10,000. The choice here was complicated by the peculiarities of the genre, because, according to the jury, "it is not easy to find details that reflect the character and at the same time do not overload the space."
The winners in the Public Interior nomination were the winners of the Present of Future competition, which we wrote about earlier - young architects Alexandra Fedorova and Alexei Nikolashin for the project of the office of the Next and Pops radio stations in Moscow, which, by the way, can be freely seen in the show Radio Behind the Glass on Novinsky Boulevard. Thus, the young authors received two prizes for one project and became the main discovery of Arkhip this year.
Aidan Salakhova and Totan Kuzembaev presented the prize in the category “Individual residential building”, who said that “Arkhip is a constant improvisation: he prepared a speech in a foreign language, memorized words, and then suddenly the Russian architect wins” - Dmitry Geichenko.
The prize of the Public Council in the amount of $ 40,000 was awarded to the reconstruction project of ZAO "Moscow" built in 1950-60, selected among 900 completed projects. During the six-month period of reconstruction, the old plant was turned, according to the jury, "into a modern office center that any city in the world can envy."
At the same ceremony, the Present of Future Prize was awarded, the winners of which were announced back in October. Now the main winners were present, architects from Japan - the first prize winner Satoshi Okada and Ryushi Ashizawa, winner of the Present of Future prize. As the director of the Museum of Architecture said when presenting the award, this victory is not accidental, because, as he recently learned, there is a close connection between the modern architecture of Japan and Russia in the sense that once the Japanese gave prizes for innovation to young Soviet architects, many of which they are now masters - and now our turn has come.
The winners of the student competition "Home for a Star-4" were also announced. More than 150 regions and countries of the world took part in this nomination, which was held among students of architecture universities, in which young architects created houses for various celebrities of our time from B. Gates to V. Potanin. As the presenter Leonid Yarmolnik jokingly remarked, "apparently for those who have nowhere to live." The first place in this award went to Daria Zhuk for “House inside out” for Vivienne Westwood - literally turned upside down, the second place was taken by Olga Kochkareva for the house for Evgeni Plushenko “The Frozen Element of Water” and the third place went to Pavel Panchenko for the house for Bill Gates "Unreal Reality". The Pestovo company, in turn, considered that three nominees were not enough and decided to give its own prize - a contract with their company - which was received by a student from Mexico Carlos Manuel Zimbron Ortiz for the project of a house for Andrei Konchalovsky.
In the nomination "Atmosphere of Classics" the winner was Sergey Erofeev, who, according to the editor of Salon magazine, knows the traditions well and boldly introduces innovations into them. The Baltic architects Uldis Garanchs and Ugis Zabers won the out-of-competition award "Best Foreign Project", which was chosen by the Presidium of the Professional Council.