Edition 2010

Amsterdam 2010

7th International Trophy

Hosted by Gyproc Netherlands

New country

Winners 7th Trophy

1st Prize
Ciudad de la Cultura, Santiago de Compostela
The City of Culture has become the architectural landmark of Santiago de Compostela, and is an emblematic work, which has been dubbed “the steel mountain”. Designed by the architect, Peter Eisenman, the design is comprised of a superposition of the topographic map of the terrain, a grid, and a street map of Santiago’s medieval centre. The work houses an ambitious collection of cultural areas including a newspaper library, library, museum, social services, theatre and new technologies centre, and can be described as a small city covering an area of 265 000 m², with six volumes, connected by pedestrian streets.The jury panel awarded the prize for this project due to the sheer technicality which its execution required. The project had quite a radical interior design, had to meet stringent acoustic and fire demands, and installation was carried out at heights of over 25 metres, in confined spaces which involved assembly using poles. Plaintec achieved an excellent level of finish in lines, curves and grids, the three components which comprise the structure of this steel mountain. Peter Janmaat, Gyproc Netherlands Managing Director and event organiser, remarked “The Agora Theatre in Lelystad, winner of the 2008 Gyproc Trophy, has now become an architectural landmark and a source of national pride” and remarked on “the strong link between the Trophy Competition and Amsterdam’s long history of excellent craftsmanship”. This was reflected in the event venue, a converted shipbuilding factory. President of Saint-Gobain’s Gypsum Activity, Claude-Alain Tardy commented that this “is the most important external event for the Gypsum Activity”. As there are already many competitions for architects, “our competition deliberately aims to recognise contractors whose skill and innovative use of plasters and plasterboard systems are vital to translate an architect’s vision into reality, and contribute to driving innovation in interior lightweight systems”. Alastair Bell (Gypsum Activity Marketing Director) and Jury President observed “it was difficult for the 9 member international jury to choose winners due to the excellent standard of all nominated projects. The winners demonstrated incredible technical understanding of our products and systems and involved a high degree of collaboration between all parties from the earliest project stages.