6 prizes for Iran at Asia architecture event

Six Iranians are among winners of the First Asia Architecture Award 2015 in Istanbul.

Awards of the first edition of the event were recently conferred at a ceremony held at the Istanbul Technology University (ITU), Honaronline reported. Participants from 19 countries attended.

The six Iranians were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals while six of their compatriots received special mention for their projects. All the prizes in the Interior Design Category went to Iran.

‘Esspriss Café’ designed by Hooman Balazadeh won the gold medal, ‘J. S. Bridal Maison’ by Arash Heidarian and Fahimeh Montaseri came second and ‘Arman Dentistry’ by Iman Shafiee and Behzad Maneshgar got the third prize.

Two other projects, ‘Diyar Media Studio’ designed by Reza Najafian and ‘Kandovan Hotel’ by Shiva Aghababai, received special mention in this section.

The first place in Future Projects/Innovative Designs category was taken by Bahman Mehrabani, Pegah Elahian and Mohsen Tajeddin for their project ‘Yazd International Trade Center’.

In the Old and New (Reuse and adaptation, Renovation, Restoration, Regeneration) category ‘The Ab-Anbar of Divan-Khaneh (Fars Province Museum of Aqua Structures)’ designed by Ali Sodagaran and Nazanin Kazerounian stood second and ‘Lamkadeh Building’ by Iman Shafiee and Behzad Maneshgar was ranked third.

‘Ave Gallery’ by Catherine Spiridonoff and Reza Daneshmir received special mention.

‘Kahrizak Residential Building’ designed by Mahdi Kamboozia, Helena Ghanbari and Alireza Movahedi was the only work from Iran in the Residential category which was honored by the jury.

Two special mentions were also made in the Urban Projects, Rural Projects, Community-based projects, Landscape & Public Spaces (including squares and streets) category. Tehran’s ‘Tabiat (Nature) Pedestrian Bridge’ designed by Leila Araghian and ‘Shahr-e-Aftab International Trade Fair’ designed by Hamid Mirmiran were the projects honored in the section.

 Seven Categories
Nearly 613 projects were totally submitted in seven categories and three bagged the first, second and third places respectively. In five categories, some of the projects were selected to receive honorable mention, and 29 projects were selected winners.

The entries were reviewed and assessed by the jury with respect to the award’s main goal which is to identify the essence of architecture in Asia and underscore the importance of social and cultural identity and significance of spirituality along with physical aspects of architecture.

The event was organized by Ahmad Zohadi, CEO of the 2A Architecture & Art Magazine, the Middle East regional source for information regarding architecture, design and art.

The magazine aims “to establish a polyphonic relationship with the professional, international audience” and therefore focuses on structures that make this relationship possible in its most comprehensive form.

As part of its activities, the magazine organizes the Asia Architecture Award as an annual event to highlight Asian achievements in architecture and contemporary challenges in the field.

By Financial Tribune