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Athens, Greece – Student housing competition winners

Winning project named in competition to design a student residence in Athens’ historic centre

Organised by property developer Oliaros, Upto35 is a competition that invited young architects to submit proposals for 18 student residences on a 200m² plot in Athens’ historic centre. The winning scheme, announced in January and titled 18 Steps, was designed by João Prates Ruivo and Raquel Maria Oliveira from Greece, with Tudor Vasiliu and Andre Adonis. The winner’s prize included 10,000 euros.

As described by jury chair Elias Zenghelis: ‘More than the others, [18 Steps] kept its emphasis on a balance between private and collective aspects.’

A total of 242 proposals were submitted from 41 countries, with five finalists selected. They were 101design and Suppose Design Office, both from Japan, Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu from the US, and Marieke Kums and Dirk Peters, a duo from The Netherlands.

The jury included Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels, principal of BIG, and Atelier Bow-Wow founder Yoshiharu Tsukamoto. The winner was chosen on the basis of seven jury votes plus an SMS vote that was polled as part of a public exhibition.

Oliaris will now realise the winning scheme and present an exhibition of the competition at the Benaki Museum in Athens from 24 March until 4 April. On the opening, the winner of the people’s choice award will also be announced. So, will the public and the jury concur?

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