The third edition of the Matimex International Architecture Prize requested innovative proposals reflecting on "CONTEMPORARY COMMERCIAL SPACES”.
Architecture has always been linked with commerce, from the early market stalls set up in town squares, giving rise to the first bazaars, through to today’s modern shopping malls. Our continually evolving society becomes more and more demanding. Shopping is no longer a matter of simply purchasing a product; today’s shoppers demand a total buying experience.
This is why we need a global design that goes beyond the product itself and views it as one with the brand, the space and the sensations it evokes.
This new approach requires evolution of commercial spaces in response to consumers’ new needs. New commercial spaces that respond to the demands of today’s users.
The contest encouraged reflection on architectural spaces making use of Iris Ceramica Group materials. The judges took into account use of products with the Active Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™ finish and large ceramic slabs in their appraisal.
Prizes in the “professional” category were awarded to:
Prizes in the “student” category were awarded to:
In the fourth edition, Matimex awarded four special mentions to PIAM 2018 projects which were particularly appreciated, even though they did not win awards in any category:
The panel of judges of the PIAM prize included: