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UPTO35 competition shortlist

Five architects have been shortlisted for UPTO35, a competition to design an affordable student housing complex in Athens, Greece.

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The five practices are: 101DESIGN of Japan; Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu of the United States (above); Joao Prates Ruivo + Raquel Maria Oliveira of Greece (below); KUMS of The Netherlands; and Suppose Design Office of Japan (top image).

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See our story from June this year announcing the competition.

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Above: KUMS. Below: 101DESIGN.

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Here's the announcement from UPTO35:

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Press Release

OLIAROS announces the results of
the International Architecture Competition UPTO35

Athens, 14.09.2009

On June 29th 2009, OLIAROS, a young property development company, issued a call for architects up to 35 years old to submit proposals for the design and construction of a model, affordable student housing complex in Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM), an area in the historic centre of Athens, Greece.

Participants were asked to explore new building typologies that can house 18 students on the 200 m2 lot at 34 Marathonos Street in KM, and can potentially sprawl in the neighboring properties owned by third parties, aiming at creating a contemporary student housing hub.

The deadline for entries of the Schematic Designs was September 7th, 2009. 245 proposals from 41 countries were submitted and reviewed by the Jury Committee between September 11th - 14th 2009 at OLIAROS’ premises in Athens, of which 242 complied with the competition rules.

The Jury Committee is comprised of a team of distinguished architects with diverse backgrounds, and an influential practice on contemporary architecture plus the organizer. The Jury members are: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Kourkoulas, Marcel Meili, Iasson Tsakonas, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, and Elia Zenghelis.

The Jury Committee decided on the five finalists, which are:

Entry _ID 3GMK28: 101DESIGN (MASAMICHI KAWAKAMI, YAUTAKA ONARI, TSUYOSHI SHINOZAKI) - Japan

Entry _ID N9ADTG: Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (FLORIAN IDENBURG, IOANNIS KANDYLIARIS, ILIAS PAPAGEORGIOU) – United States

Entry _ID U3778P: Joao Prates Ruivo + Raquel Maria Oliveira – Greece

Entry _ID WDPFBD: KUMS (MARIEKE KUMS, DIRK PETERS) – The Netherlands

Entry_ID XFG3UJ:  SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE (MAKOTO TANIJIRI, RYO OTSUKA, YUKO FUKUMA, SACHIO INAGAMI, KEISUKE KATAYAMA) – Japan

The five finalists will receive €3000 each and were invited, to submit Design development propositions due on January 11th, 2010.

The final 5 projects will be exhibited on site on October 1-7 2009 alongside all 242 entries. During the exhibition, the public will be invited to vote for one of the five finalists via text messaging. The project with the most SMS votes shall be deemed to have obtained the public vote.

The final winner, whose project will be developed by OLIAROS, will be determined in January 2010 by the votes of the seven members of the Jury plus the one vote deriving from the public and will receive a €10.000 award as well as €30.000 commission.

Please find below more information on the competition’s theme, the Jury Committee, the submissions and the in-situ exhibition. Also please find attached an appendix with the Jury’s Report.

For more information on each of the finalist proposals and details on the competition, please visit: www.upto35.com