ARCHMARATHON Awards 2018: the winners

The 5th edition of the ARCHMARATHON Awards has just ended. The event, held in the striking setting of Palazzo Mezzanotte from 11th to 13th  October 2018, this year broke all records with the presence of 55 architectural and interior design projects divided into 16 categories, presented by 55 studios coming from a good 23 countries and 4 continents. In addition on stage there were 8 international lectures as part of an event that also granted 16 training credits for visiting architects.

The 55 design studios - selected by a prestigious international jury - were invited to present their projects in front of a large audience of architects, developers and designers from all over the world.

The winners of each of the 16 categories in the competition and the two overall winners - one for the Architecture macro category and one for the Interior Design macro-category - announced by the Main Jury chaired by Luca Molinari and including Gary Chang, Lesley Lokko and Rozana Montiel  and by the Guest Jury consisting of Massimiliano Cecconi, Cherubino Gambardella and Evgeniya Murinets, are:


  • ARCHITECTURE: MVRDV - Seoullo 7017 Skygarden

Projects that work at the micro- and macro-scales are rare. Projects that work at both scales in a context that is little known to architects in the West are rarer still. MDRDV’s project in Seoul does both: it is visionary, deeply historical and works both through and across disciplinary boundaries in an unprecedented and exemplary way. Its premise is simple: to bring the garden into the urban landscape in ways that make us re-think our relationship with the natural world, questioning leisure, retail, social media and sociability and programme simultaneously. It is an outstanding example of the marriage between research, speculation and practice, a masterful piece of work in every sense of the word.

  • INTERIOR DESIGN: Francisco Pardo Arquitecto + Amezcua – Milan 44

Reasons: One of the real delights in this project was the way in which interiors blend almost seamlessly with planning; finance with aspiration; community with society at large. Equally, the way in which an intimate knowledge of a neighbourhood can provide development models for the world is something that the rest of the world, grappling with conventional understandings of development, gentrification and urban planning, might learn from, a model in the truest sense of the word.


  • ART & CULTURE: Pool Leber Architekten - Kult - Kulturhistorisches Zentrum Westmünsterland
  • EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS: Noero Architects – St. Cyprian’s School
  • HEALTHCARE & HOSPITALS: E l Equipo Mazzanti – Santa Fe de Bogotà Foundation
  • LANDSCAPE & INFRASTRUCTURE: Jaja Architects - P-Hus + Konditaget Lüders
  • PRIVATE HOUSING: José Luis Muñoz Architecture – La casa de los vientos
  • RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS: Maroun Lahoud Architecte – Saint-Elie Church
  • RETROFITTING: Vector Architects – Alila Yangshuo
  • SPORT (Ex-aequo): Kosmos Architects – Nike Box Msk ; Lot-Ek – Qiyun Mountain Camp
  • WORKSPACES: Mimarlar ve Han Tümertekin - Angelos Organic Olive Oil Mill


  • BARS & RESTAURANTS: Peter Pichler Architecture - Oberholz Mountain Hut
  • COMMERCIAL RETAIL: Park Associati – Tenoha Milano
  • HOTEL & LEISURE HOSPITALITY: Aurora Arquitectos + Furo – Hostel in Parede
  • HOTEL & LEISURE LUXURY: Lissoni Architettura – The Middle House Shanghai
  • PRIVATE HOUSING: Vudafieri-Saverino Partners – Hunan Lu Villa
  • WORKSPACES: DEGW – A brand of Lombardini 22 – Microsoft House

The evening also saw the presentation of the Stone Award to Kaan Architecten for the Netherlands Supreme Court project. This was a special category organized in collaboration with Marmomacc - the international marble, design and technology exhibition and institutional partner of Archmarathon 2018.

The next selections to identify the first potential candidates for the 2020 edition will take place in March 2019 as part of Made Expo, a reference fair in the world of architecture and an institutional partner of Archmarathon for two years.