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Azure's July/August 2019 Issue cover
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July/August 2019

From a groundbreaking seaside museum in China to an elegant new sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Azure’s July/August issue unveils the 20 winners of the ninth annual AZ Awards!

Pedrignano Visitors Center, Studio VAARO, AZ Awards
Pedrignano Visitors Center

This proposal by Studio VAARO and Gabriel Fain Architects was submitted to the international competition for the Barilla pavilion at the pasta manufacturer’s headquarters in Pedrignano, Italy. The Toronto-based architects designed a 15,000-square-metre visitors centre as an integral part of the landscape by tucking the building into a hillside and covering it with a green rooftop that’s a continuation of the wheat fields around it. Under this grassy cover, the building’s roofline melds seamlessly into the hillside’s topography, allowing the architects to imperceptibly change the long hall’s profile. At the end closest to the Barilla family home, the building has a gabled roof. At the end closest to the factory, the roof, by contrast, is flat. 

Project Pedrignano Visitors Center Firms Studio VAARO (Canada) and Gabriel Fain Architects (Canada) Team Aleris Rodgers with Gabriel Fain, Francesco Valente-Gorjup, Aron Lorincz Ateliers and Nephew 

Museum of Pawiak Prison, FAAB Architektura, AZ Awards 2019
Museum of Pawiak Prison

The first phase of this Warsaw museum extension, which is to be built in two stages, involves the construction of a three-storey polyhedral building with an arthropod-like roof and a prickly exposed-concrete facade. Standing on the foundations of an 1836 prison building that was used by the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of Poland, the addition is intentionally forbidding: The architects want to evoke feelings of solemnity and disquietude in visitors even before they enter the museum, which commemorates the history of the approximately 100,000 prisoners held there between 1939 and 1944. The second phase, on the site of a former women’s prison, will be a vertical park built in light steel elements, covered in a mesh skin and landscaped with indigenous flora. Completion is expected by 2022.

Project Museum of Pawiak Prison Firm FAAB Architektura, Poland
Team Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figurski, Mikołaj Szewczyk and Anna Miłosz

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