The urban regeneration project linking the Italian city of Gorizia with the Slovenian city, Nova Gorica, and creating a shared central area to be known as Europe Square – Piazzale Della Transalpina and the hub EPICenter, was conducted as part of a campaign for the title of 2025 European Capital of Culture (ECoC).
The international jury found that the 56 submitted entries showed significant variety in their proposed approaches to the ideas and project aspects of the design for the Europe Square and the Epicentre.
The jury praised “strong and clear visual impact” of the winning project whose “concave form … evokes a steadying point of equilibrium”. It noted that the “simple but significant gesture lends itself in its form to a naturally converging multifunctional space for social gathering - exalting its symbolic value, interpreting the memories still present and current, with an intervention that is however open to the future”.
The second prize was awarded to Paul Vincent and étude Anthony Benarroche architecte (France) whose design proposal was considered to be “a powerful symbolic evocation of the recent history, which considers a variety of planes and scales as integrated components of the concept”.
The entry submitted by third prize winner SADAR+VUGA d.o.o. (Slovenia) was commended for “the approach to host all the proposed functions within the existing building, thus dictating the specific restoration of the building.”
The jury also awarded honourable mentions to:
Studio Associato di Architettura Baglivo Negrini (Italy) has been announced as the winner of the international architectural competition for the urban development of the “Piazza Transalpina / Trg Evrope” Square.