Ruben Sanderman and Alex van Eekelen, students of Architecture and Construction Engineering at Windesheim, have won the Langhuis Talent Award with their final project, the Florence Cultural Centre.
The Florence Cultural Centre project is part of the international contest Call For Florence. Students of architecture and novice architects were asked to produce a design for the Largo Pietro Annigoni Square, located on the edge of Florence's historic centre. With their design, Ruben and Alex aim to increase interaction between students, tourists and residents of the city as well as turning the square into one of the principal places in the city.
The Langhuis Talent Award Ceremony took place on 12 July at Kunstcentrum Het Langhuis in Zwolle. An independent professional jury of international allure announced the winners. They praised Ruben’s and Alex’s project for its good connection with the city. Thanks to the special rotation in its design, the cultural centre, the market stalls and the green spaces are aligned in such a way that the walking route is excellent for passers-by and fits perfectly into the urban development plan. Moreover, at its top end the rotation overlooks Florence Cathedral. On the green roof of the cultural centre you have a great view of the city.
The Langhuis Talent Award is an incentive prize for young visual-arts talent. The award was established in 2016 by Kunstcentrum Het Langhuis in collaboration with ArtEZ University of the Arts, Cibap Vocational School for Imagination, Windesheim and Deltion College, to emphasize the importance of talent development for the city of Zwolle. The final-exam presentations of the educational institutions offer young artists and designers an opportunity to present their work to a large audience. The talent awards take this one step further. They offer the most talented artists and designers a 500-Euro prize – to support their continued development – and the space for and supervision of a first exhibition platform after finishing their education.
This year’s jury consists of David Bade (internationally renowned Dutch visual artist), Matthijs van Cruijsen (co-founder of Studio INAMATT, specializing in interior decoration and design) and Rik Lambers (internationally operating architect at MVRDV and Windesheim alumnus).