Sergey Kuznetsov Handed out Awards to MIPIM Awards Winners
The results of the largest international real estate competition—the MIPIM Awards 2017—were announced in Cannes on March 16. Although Russian projects were not among the winners, the Skolkovo Innovation Center became a finalist in the nomination «Best Future Mega Project».
This year the MIPIM Awards jury, chaired by John Forester, the Head of Cushman & Wakefield Consulting Company, considered a total of 214 applications. The jury selected 4 projects in each of the 11 categories. In the end, the majority of the winners were Europeans. In particular, Belgium received three nominations—the jury awarded the project of Nike Logistics Center in Ham, the multifunctional complex in Brussels developed by IMMOBEL, and the redevelopment of the industrial site in Beringen.
Among the winners there are projects from Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, UK, China and Japan. The Jury Special Prize was awarded to the project of Istanbul State Library (Turkey).
For the second year in a row, the Chief Architect of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsov has been included in the jury. According to him, the fact that the Russian projects and, in particular, the shortlisted IC Skolkovo Project, did not get awards, in general, demonstrates the attitude to Russia.
‘The Skolkovo Innovation Center was presented at the competition as a joint international project with the participation of very strong teams of architects. The project is actively being implemented—a number of buildings on its territory have already started functioning successfully; they certainly prove to be highly innovative in terms of architectural and technological solutions. And the fact that we eventually did not get an award, I believe, suggests that the world community’s attitude towards Russia leaves much to be desired,’ said Mr. Kuznetsov.
Let us recall that the leading architectural bureaus—AREP, SANAA, David Chipperfield Architects, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Valode&Pistre, SPEECH, etc.—took part in creation of IC Skolkovo. The project implementation was started in spring of 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 2020. One of the project objects that already started working is Technology Park, which is the largest in the Eastern Europe having the total area of over 96 thousand sq. m. Another innovation building in operation, the Hypercube, is energy-efficient and environmentally safe project. It’s only connected to the electrical supply; in all other aspects the building is fully autonomous.
The award in the nomination «Best Future Mega Project» was given to the Japanese Kashiwa-No-Ha Smart City. Its concept consists of six elements: reasonable economy or resource-saving approach; intelligent management; smart urban environment, which is friendly in relation to a person; sustainable transport that is optimized for everyday needs of people and has minimal negative impact on the urban environment; sustainable community who think about effects on the environment, and eco-friendly lifestyle. All city management systems are centered in one Smart center in order to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Also, the jury selected the best buildings of the year—the Museum of Tomorrow designed by Santiago Calatrava, a psychiatric hospital in Denmark, the Maison Albar Hotel in Paris and others.