The jury of the competition organised by the Syndicat des Architectes de la Côted’Azur (SACA) and COTE Magazine met this Spring to pick the seven best architecture entries for this 10th edition.
Architects play a key role in reinventing the towns, infrastructure and amenities of the Riviera. Working on private and public spaces alike, they help to define the way we live together and how we imagine our future. Because of this, and because spotlighting Riviera excellence is a vocation for both of them, SACA and COTE Magazine created the ArchiCOTE competition to reward each year’s most outstanding projects. It highlights the diversity of architectural achievements on the Côte d’Azur, with awards in the following categories: Completed Amenity, Private Dwelling, Group Housing, Less is More, Project with Planning Permission, Architectural Photography. There’s also the Jury Prize and, lastly, the Lifetime Achievement prize, which goes this year to Riviera-based Marc Barani. The panel of judges, composed mainly of architects but embracing a number of disciplines, assesses each entry on precise criteria. First they make sure the project is truly contemporary and complies with the specifications, then they assess the boldness of the project, the architect’s self-imposed quality requirements, how the building fits into its surroundings, the quality of the finished result and the presentation panel. On 23 September, the prizewinners received their trophies, designed by artist ZED, at the Villa Arson national art school.