The winners of the European Prize for Urban Public Space were announced on 21 June 2018. Brussels-based 51N4E were awarded first prize for Skanderbeg Square in Tirana (Albania).
51N4E has transformed Skanderbeg Square into a 170 x 170 metre traffic-free zone with a flat pyramidal shape and a dense green belt. While the emptiness and slopes lend the square a certain monumentality, the belt forms a biotope between city and the open space. The architects used various types of stone from different parts of the country for the paving. Skanderbeg Square is one of the projects featured in Flanders Architectural Review N°13: This Is a Mustard Factory.
In addition to 51N4E, several other Belgian offices were also awarded prizes. de vylder vinck taillieu and BAVO received a special mention for their project PC Caritas, a pavilion in a former psychiatric centre in Melle that was saved from demolition and transformed into a peaceful haven for patients, family members and visitors to the public park. The other shortlisted Belgian projects: Monument for an Open Society (ORG Permanent Modernity), Memorial 22/3 (Bureau Bas Smets) and Play Landscape ‘be-MINE’ (OMGEVING landscape architecture and urbanism in association with Carve). View all the finalists here.
European Prize for Urban Public Space
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition that aims to
raise awareness of projects that create, restore and improve public spaces within European cities. Read more