October 22, 2010
Philippe Rotthier Competition
Philippe Rotthier European Prize
If renovating an old and disused building, rotting in degeneration and thus blotting the urban landscape, is not a fulfilling and rewarding project in itself, then perhaps the prospect of winning 30,000 euros could make the venture seem even more worthwhile.
For more than a quarter of a century the legendary architect Philipe Rotthier has explored Europe’s diverse and dynamic architecture intent on finding new structural designs that venerates the character of the urban landscape it is situated, respects ecology, is kind to the planet wasting neither space nor energy and that ascertain a link between a building’s history and the contemporary yearnings for luxury and comfort.
So intent is Philippe Rotthier in finding the ‘perfect’ architectural masterpiece and hoping to promote a new form of architecture, that in 1982 he set up the Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture, a triennial award rare in its ability to encourage contemporary architectural work while clinging on to the relics of a structure’s past.
The 9th Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture will be awarded in June 2011 and will reward remarkable restorations executed in Europe during the last five years. The winning projects will be renovated buildings which combine a dedication towards urban renaissance, emphasize the pre-existence of the structure and develop the quality of life in neighbourhoods.
The panel of judges comprise of not only architects but celebrated artists, art historians, journalists, writers and even politicians. On previous occasions Bruno Fucart, Oscar Tusquets, David Watkins and Dimitri Porphytios have shed their expert critical eyes on the nominated projects and helped to find a winner.
The prize-winning projects will be compiled into a catalogue and displayed at the Brussels Architecture Museum in October 2011.
More information about the Philippe Rotthier Prize can be found at: www.fondationpourlarchitecture.be