THEME: Montparnasse is the neighborhood that was home to the early twentieth century artists working in the scene of the time. Picasso, Modigliani, Miro, just to mention a few of them who have lived in this period in the French capital. The rents were affordable and it was easy to find places to sleep cheap. The cafes in the area were often crowded by those who, not being able to pay in cash, leaving their works of art to pay off its debt. Many of these places are still open and preserve the atmosphere typical of a bohemian lifestyle. World War II and the call to arms of many artists involved depopulation of the district. The area is easily identified because of the high tower that stands on Paris; 58th floor available to all those who want to enjoy a view of the city. Not far from the tower there is the Montparnasse train station. It is in this scene of ancient turmoil and profound changes that we want to reflect to imagine an architecture, contemporary styling. What function? A coffee or an art academy, a choice of the competitors, will be the types to be proposed to return the district to relive the splendor of not long ago.



FIRST PRIZE: Friedere Plumel (GERMANY)

……the points of attraction of the city are cafes, places where people manifest their social life. The project aims to keep alive the tradition of respecting also the green connotation that distinguishes the city of Paris. The roof and windows of which constitutes the structure used in the service of light materials to allow the trees, placed in the wave of hedging, to graft a close relationship between public and private spaces. The kitchen and enclosed spaces are placed in the center to not break the formal uniformity of the project……

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SECOND PRIZE: Giacomo Ido De Vecchi, Marco Corvino, Martino Della Valle, Matteo Zoico (ITALY)

……the prism built is generated by a game of forms which allows light to filter and to the city to enter the interior spaces. The fragmentary layout and completely disagree with the place, embodies the attitude of the artistic bohemian dissident movement; spare prospectus represent the fragility and sensitivity of an artist. The close relationship between coffee and exhibition environment indicates a desire to own the entire project connection. Interior and exterior are closely related: the terrace, from which you can enjoy around the city, can be reached grace to a flight of stairs along the reading room reaches to the top. The basin that dominates the public square is an imaginary sign of union between the posts volumes at street level……


THIRD PRIZE: Federico Musso, Michela Quadrelli (ITALY)

……we wanted the new coffee contributes to the rebirth of the entire neighborhood. It has taken into account the type at court, the applicant in the buildings surrounding the air, places open to the community. The project takes the form of an underground plaza, revisiting a historical element in a contemporary way. The square as an element of socialization and sharing, a place where the line between public and private is continually questioned. The glass arranged around the central space becomes a nearly imperceptible filter behind which are placed the service areas. Chaos and order are mixed, dialogue and the open space is the place where everything happens becoming a contemporary courtyard in the heart of Montparnasse…..


MENTION: Davide Gambini, Luca Leomanni (ITALY)

……the shape of the building to the lot configuration, to try to take advantage of all the space available, while the volume is set as a work by subtracting material. The perimeter walls are opaque, allow cultural activities to enjoy a good level of privacy and are all treated the same way, so as not necessarily having to locate a main prospect. The hedging skylights illuminate interior spaces that work in sectors distinguishing public areas from production spaces for artists……


MENTION: Erica Nonis, Eduardo Del Conte (ITALY)

……coming from the narrow streets surrounding the void that suddenly opens to the sight invites the visitor to get involved in an infinity of colors. The facade is made with brise soleil furniture that turning on themselves to give prospects a very dynamic appearance. But the perception of the volume changes depending on the observation point. The staircase leading to the roof garden has a more massive it can be used as an outdoor amphitheater. The interior spaces follow an orderly path that puts the user at ease……


MENTION: Marcin Plewa (POLAND)

……the project wants to keep the place green connotation and it is for this reason that announces its presence through the use of a structure that is visible from afar. This wants to be a refuge, a place of inspiration for artists in which anyone who wants to take the time to comfort and relaxation can feel protected from the urban bustle. The perforated plates that cover the façades and allow the light to penetrate and to glimpses of cities to enter the interior of the built. It is a clear sign of integration at the site……


MENTION: Andrea Karakovà, Eva Oravcovà (SLOVAKIA)

……the building, which consists of three levels, provides a transparent first floor and in direct correlation with the road; is a sign of adherence to the place, surrounded by buildings with a strong urban significance. On the first floor they are arranged the services and reception areas while the two upper levels were willing laboratories. Steel, concrete and glass are the materials that make up the structure: give this architecture a more current capacity, giving the whole picture contemporary neighborhood……