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Trimo Urban Crash: A multi-purpose stand for Fužine gets the nod

Slovenia, Trebnje, 25 March – The winners of Trimo Urban Crash international competition for students of architecture and design are the Polish students Wojciech Nowak and Martynika Bielawska from Sylesian Faculty of Architecture, Gliwice. Based on the public vote on www.trimo-urbancrash.com and the expert jury decision, their concept of a multi-purpose stand was considered best. The second place went to Slovene students, while a student from New Zealand won the third place. The award ceremony and the inauguration of the building will take place in June of this year in Fužine, the biggest residential neighbourhood of the Slovenian capital. 

The winning »Life Stand« is a multi-purpose architectural project designed for sports and culture, and offers a meeting place for the community as well as a chance to watch festival events.

The second place went to Matej Ramšak and Aleksij Vičič of the Faculty of Architecture Ljubljana who conceived a bridge connecting the river with the school playground, while at the same time symbolising the coexistence of all generations in Fužine. The third place went to the New Zealander Gabriel Xie, a student at the Faculty of Architecture in Auckland, for his proposal of a structure designed to facilitate social life, stage performances and serve as a children's playground.

The best conceptual solution was also selected. This year, the winners come from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Conceived by Nedim Mutevelić, an architecture student from Sarajevo, and Amar Zahiragić, a student at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, their semantic game of forming small installations in the form of letters all over the district convinced the panel of experts.

Miloš Florijančič, the competition curator, architect and associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, Slovenia, explained that the jury was primarily looking for originality and a connection to the environment. »It was the openness of the idea and its power to attract various activities and social themes that really secured the win for the selected project,« he added.
Goran Vojnović, a jury member and a long-time resident of Fužine, had this to say: »Even though the spirit of Fužine is difficult to capture, a lot of the projects were very good. The selected solution offers a variety of possibilities, and I hope that its future users will find many new, surprising purposes for the structure.«

Patrizia Di Monte, a jury member and an architect, was particularly enthusiastic about the best concept solution: »This is a little puzzle that allows people to combine its pieces into an emotional geography whole while strolling through various areas. It can be read with a new view of the world, which is current and instantaneous – by viewing it from the air, which is made possible with Google Maps.«

All thirty short-listed solutions for realisation and the five short-listed conceptual solutions can be seen at www.trimo-urbancrash.com. The winning solution will be realised in Fužine, the largest residential community in Ljubljana, in the summer, while the author of the winning solution will receive paid attendance at the summer school at the internationally acclaimed school of architecture in London. All short-listed authors will be invited to join the Trimo architectural workshop in Slovenia during summer. 

More about the Trimo Urban Crash competition

The third Trimo Urban Crash, an international competition for architecture and design students, was organised by Trimo. The competition that encourages creative reshaping of urban environment with advanced building materials and technologies was open from 15 October 2010 and 31 January 2011. Students from 56 countries from all over the world participated, contributing a total of 363 proposals for an urban multi-purpose stand in Fužine.
All materials and detailed information about the competition are available at www.trimo-urbancrash.com. For detailed information, contact the Head of Public Relations at Trimo, Jana Lutovac Lah, M.A., at: jana.lah(at)trimo.si, phone: +386 7 34 60 192.