Branch Studio Architects wins Dezeen Award for school piazza

An Australian project has been named the winner of a 2019 Dezeen Award for Small Workplace Interior of the Year.

Piazza Dell’Ufficio by Branch Studio Architects was one of five projects from around the world that was shortlisted in the category, with rival projects located in Oslo, Kuala Lumpur, Kiev and London.

Piazza Dell’Ufficio is the transformation of the administration offices of Melbourne’s Caroline Chisholm Catholic College into a central public piazza that is used by both students and staff.

“In Piazza Dell’Ufficio, the exploration of the materiality takes the form of cardboard tubes, stretching from floor to ceiling in geometric curves,” writes Peter Davies in a review for Artichoke magazine. “They appear, too, as balustrade for the stairs, their chambered edges revealing their hollow interiors.”

The project was one of 41 Australian projects and 11 architecture and design practices long listed for the 2019 Dezeen Awards.

The awards program, the second convened by the international design blog, attracted more than 4,500 submissions from 87 countries. The program is divided into three main category groups: architecture, interiors and design. Special awards for Architect of the Year and Emerging Architect of the Year recognize all-round design excellence for a body of work.

The awards were judged by a panel of 75 international judges, which included Australian architects John Denton (Denton Corker Marshall) and John Wardle (John Wardle Architects), whose Captain Kelly’s Cottage was named House Interior of the Year in the 2018 Dezeen Awards.

Piazza Dell’Ufficio is the cover project of Artichoke 68, currently on sale.

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