Cookies on the this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.
Continue

New to PropertyWire?

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website.

PropertyWire is the leading publication for property investors and industry professionals interested in the world of international property investment.

Our aim is to give you intelligent commentary and analysis on the world of retail and commercial real estate.
If you've enjoyed what you've read so far why not sign up for our FREE property alert and online magazine PropertyWire Confidential.

Every week the PropertyWire team sends out a hard-hitting newsletter packed with news and analysis of the top stories plus the best investment opportunities on the market. We always look at the bigger picture like the Euro Crisis, and explain how this will affect YOUR investments.


Ask me later
No thanks

Wed
Sep 17th
Lost Password? Register
Home arrow News arrow Europe arrow Irish architects win World Building of the Year for Milan development

Irish architects win World Building of the Year for Milan development

Sunday, 26 October 2008
Yvonne Farrell, Grafton Architects, Director
Yvonne Farrell, Grafton Architects, Director

Irish firm Grafton Architects have won the first ever World Building of the Year award for their new faculty building for the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.

The building, described by the judges as 'totally 3d' beat 700 entries from 63 countries including a Dutch sheep stable, a Japanese house made entirely from wood and a Spanish rubbish dump to take the award at the inaugural World Architecture Festival in Barcelona.

Chairman of the international jury, Robert Stern, who replaced Sir Norman Foster at the last minute after one of his design's was shortlisted for the final, said Grafton Architects had designed a building that fitted within the urban landscape but still stood out.

The judges felt the use of space, light and local materials captured the essence of the city and the desire of the university to be connected with its surroundings.

Yvonne Farrell, director and co-founder of the award winning practice, said the design team had worked hard to create a building that would connect the university with the wider city. 'We wanted to capture the ambition of the university within the city. The more globalisation happens the more important it is for architecture to be a place where you can anchor a city and keep its essence,' she added.

Colleague Shelley McNamara said they first visited Milan on a grey winter day but the more time they spent working there the more they were able to capture what it meant in their design. 'Milan is dense, tough and modern. Working there for six years we learnt so much from the city itself,' she explained.

The building, which is officially opened this week, has 883 offices, a 1,000 seat auditorium, foyer, convention area and underground parking for 190 cars.

The company has a number of awards this year including the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland award for its work on the Department of Finance, on Dublin's Merrion Row.

This story relates to: architecture  ireland  italy  property awards  [SEE ALL]


BOOKMARK THIS PAGE (What is this?)     Digg!Reddit!Del.icio.us!Google!Live!Facebook!StumbleUpon!Newsvine!Furl!Yahoo!

 
Related News
More Recent News
Earlier News
To see all the latest news articles in our monthly online magazine, Property Wire Confidential, sign up free here



Europe: Top Headline

Difference between asking and selling prices in Scotland narrowsDifference between asking and selling prices in Scotland narrowsAverage asking prices across Scotland increased by £2,000 and the average selling price increased by over £8,500 to £162,122 in the second quarter of the year, narrowing the gap between the two to less than 1%.



West Tower

West Tower

Car park

West Tower

home rental guide

Limousin Guide

Barratt Homes

Limousin Guide

West Tower

Search for Properties:

Feature story

Student accommodation investment check List

It’s the UK’s strongest asset class, but are all student accommodation properties good investments? This is the comprehensive list of what to watch out for when buying student property.

 

Company news

Estate and lettings agents UK advert campaign launched

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) have launched a new regional TV campaign to raise awareness among consumers of the importance of using an NAEA or ARLA licensed agent.

Finance Update

Skipton announces new buy to let fixed rates

The Skipton Building Society has launched a new range of buy to let seven year and five year fixed rate products.

Features

Student accommodation investment check List

It’s the UK’s strongest asset class, but are all student accommodation properties good investments? This is the comprehensive list of what to watch out for when buying student property.

 

Newsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay updated on the property market trends.
Subscribe now >>

Subscribe to our Europe property and real estate news feed (RSS)