In Cyprus Relax as Architects Reinterpret


107 entries from 29 countries

First Prize
Maxim Bataev from St. Petersberg Russia with the project entitled
‘Hotel Terrace. Universal Space’

Runners Up
Simonetta Rossetti & Thomas Bisiani from Italy with project
“Take your time please, play & try”
Kostas Poulopoulos from Greece with the project
“Dunes / Caves”
Johan Ericsson , Felicia Guldberg & Andreas Eklund from Sweden with the project
‘Architecture by Fiction’

All winning projects will be presented as they are in the Cyprus pavilion and published
on the web site and in the catalogue of the event.

In addition the following short listed projects will be exhibited in small scale in the

Tomek Smierzchalski Dongfang Gao/Beach Reinterpreted
Mikhail Vasilyev/Lunch in Clouds
Violaine Carcaly Trolonge Architecte DPLG/The best souvenir shop of the island
SP BURO Asestrova Maria/The coffee house and public open space
Marc Medland/Design for an educational sea farm for tourists
Maxime Jansens/Post-oil Tourism
Thomas Dieben/Sands of time
Echeverria Ignacio/Floating Beach
Lolou Katerina/The beach and its provisions
Stefano Baseggio Daniele Barillari/The relax archipelago
Elena Garicano Michal Kowalski/living shades
Joosun Bae, Sunmi Choi, Younkyoung Kim/Love Candle
Tigran Harutyunyan, Georgi Avetisyan/Reinterpret
Martin Bull, Frini Yannopoulou, Artemis Theodoridi/Tired Yannis and Agro – Tourists

The exhibiton will take place from 14th September to November 23rd at the gallery of
the Librearia Mondadori, San Marco 1345, located on the Salizada san Moise 2 minutes from St Marks square.
The opening times are 10.00 to 18.00 everyday except Sunday which will be open from 11.00 to 18.00.
The official opening of the Cyprus exhibition will be on Thursday September 11th at
1030 in the morning.
The opening will start with a discussion with Peter Cook as chair.


The theme of the Cypriot Exhibit at the Venice Biennale is that of RELAXATION – a primary activity in Cyprus. Related to the general theme of this year’s Biennale – which is BEYOND ARCHITECTURE, So we ask participating architects to go beyond their normal limits and REINTERPRET. Architects and Architectural Students from all countries are invited to compete by submitting a project that responds by attempting to REINTERPRET one, or a combination, of the eight topics listed below. There should be an attempt to reference them to the conditions of the Island of Cyprus.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International Arrchitecture Idea Competition
Genre Cafe, Public, Resort, Urban
Country Cyprus
Registration Deadline 28 July 2008 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 28 July 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Architects and Architectural Students

Project Themes
1. The beach and its provisions
2. Agro tourism
3. The coffee house and public open space
4. Cyprus - the love island
5. The contemplation of the historic object
6. The souvenir shop
7. The boring hotel terrace
8. The limitations of “meze & wine” establishments

Peter Cook
Massimiliano Fuksas
Odile Decq

Judging Process
One-Stage, Anonymous

€ 3000 will be awarded to the first prize winner.
The work will be exhibited at the Cyprus pavilion of the Venice Biennale. The award is intended to cover all costs for the participation of the winner in the Biennale.
€ 2000 will be divided amongst the runners-up.

Entry Fee

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Submission Address
Cyprus Architects Association
24 Stasicratous str., 2nd floor, office 202,
1065 Nicosia

Winner announcement: 4 August 2008

Cyprus Architects Association

Official Website