On April 15 entry submission for the Golden Trezzini Awards was open.

The post of the Honorary Chairman of the International Council of the Third Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design was granted to Mikhail Piotrovsky, President of the World Club of St. Petersburgers and General Director of the State Hermitage.

Zelfira Tregulova, Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery, and Marina Loshak, Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, are on the Council, too. 

“Coronavirus and lockdown seem to have cut out all the news, but work of architects doesn’t stop because of that,” said Pavel Chernyakov, Chairman of the Golden Trezzini Arrangements Committee. “Although they had to move from their roomy studios and bureaus to their own apartments, despite the fact that they have to conference their customers online, history proves that no isolation, even if preceded with “self- ,” can limit an architect’s flight of imagination. I really appreciate that Mikhail Piotrovsky, in times so difficult for the Hermitage, which followed the rest of the country into quarantine (but didn’t cease to work!), has supported our Awards, its motto “Architecture as art.” This support is specifically important for development of our key nominations – Best Architectural Design for a Museum and Best Implemented Project of Temporary or Permanent Museum Exposition. I am endlessly thankful to Zelfira Tregulova and Marina Loshak, who agreed to join the International Council. And my special thanks goes to Pavel Prigara, Director of the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege,’ who provided invaluable assistance in introduction of the new Golden Trezzini’s nomination, addressing authors of museum exhibitions projects.”

The International Council for the Golden Trezzini Awards was established in 2020 after the Awards was granted an international status with the support of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg. The objective of the International Council is to promote architectural diplomacy, connecting countries across the globe through participation of their architects, designers, renovators, and students in the annual competition, as well as other events, consolidated under the name of Domenico Trezzini (1670–1734), the first architect of St. Petersburg originating from Switzerland.

Besides Heads of the three top Russian museums, the Council includes Vladimir Zapevalov (Chairman of the Council), the Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg; Sergei Garmonin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Russia to Switzerland; Yves Rossier, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland in the Russian Federation; Roger M. Kull (Honorary Chairman of the Awards Jury), Consul General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg; Kwon Dong Seok, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in St. Petersburg’ Valentina Orlova, Chairman of the Board of the World Club of St. Petersburgers; and Domenico Trezzini’s descendant Lorenzo Trezzini (Switzerland).

The Awards has been taking place from 2018, supported by the Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, the Embassy of Russia to Switzerland, the Embassy of Switzerland to Russia, the Consulate General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg, the Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture (KGA), the Committee for State Supervision, Use and Protection of Cultural and Historical Landmarks (KGIOP), the World Club of St. Petersburgers, the Union of Architects of Russia, the Union of Renovators of Russia, and the St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU).

The Awards is intended to scout for architectural, designer and restoration projects that in terms of artistic value can be regarded as works of art. In 2020, the voting process will be arranged in the two stages. At Stage 1, the Qualification Committee will shortlist the finalists, their list announced on November 5. At Stage 2 from November 6 through 20, 100+ experts from the International Jury will join the case to evaluate entries of the finalists and decide the winners. The voting results will be audited and verified by the Borenius legal company. On December 1, 2020, winners will be awarded with Domenico Trezzini golden figurines at the Krysha Ballroom of the Grand Hotel Europe 5*. The best projects submitted by the participants of the Golden Trezzini-2020 will be added to the collection of the Awards partner – the State Museum of St. Petersburg History, and showcased at an annual exhibition in the Peter and Paul Fortress, too.

Entries for the 3rd Golden Trezzini can be submitted at www.goldtrezzini.ru from April 15 through October 15, 2020. Participation in the Awards is free of charge.

The General Partner of the Golden Trezzini Awards is the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. The System Partner is RBI Group. The Official Awarding Partner is LenRusStroy Building Corporation. To see a full list of the Awards partners, please, check: https://goldtrezzini.ru/en/partners-of-the-golden-trezzini-awards-2020/.

Photo by Yury Molodkovets


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