Ostrava 21 Jun '10
Maxwan wins first prize in the competition for a new cultural centre and park in the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic. A total of 70 architecture studios registered for the competition among which were international participants such as Foreign Office Architects (Great Britain), NL Architects (the Netherlands) and Lacaton & Vassal Architectes (France). As jury chairman Josef Pleskot stated, the winning design is noteworthy for its architectural and urban design treatment of the space, which does not emphasize the individual buildings but the overall space. "This design impressed an overwhelming majority of the jury, because it radiates an undeniable allure. It is a terribly interesting conception of a specific and original urban space...This design managed to put its finger on its essence on this forgotten space which lies between the city and nature. It managed to connect nature to the city, and the city to nature".