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06/17 DOMES AWARDS 2018

Editorial

Georgios A. Panetsos

 
It is with great pleasure that DOMÉS announces the results of the ‘DOMÉS 2018’ initiative, the ninth edition of this programme for the recording, encouragement and promotion of the work of Greek architects, and of contemporary architectural creation in Greece by architects independent of origin. There are certain differences between the ‘DOMÉS 2018’ edition and its predecessors. To the Awards already established for:
- the best completed work;
- the best first work of a young architect;
- the best design
of the years 2013 – 2017, a new category has been added: the prize for the best completed work of new architecture in an existing building. This includes works of renovation, restoration, addition, and interior design. The proportion of professional activity concentrated in this category is now much greater than it was in the past, and we are in a position to understand more fully its importance, as well as the possibilities which this new reality opens up. In all the categories one prize and two commendations are awarded, on the basis of the recommendations of the invited jury.
Peer Awards have, in addition, been instituted for:
- the best completed work (independently of the aforementioned three categories);
- the best project. 
One prize is awarded in each category. Judges for the Peers Awards are the architects who take part as candidates for the ‘DOMÉS Awards’ during the same period. The aim of the institution of the Peers Awards is the assessment of the work of architecture not only by external judges, but also by its creators, reciprocal recognition, and the drawing of conclusions from the degree of convergence with or deviation from the judgement of the invited jury. Members of the latter for the ‘DOMÉS Awards 2018’ were Messrs
Alexander Brodsky, architect, director, Bureau Alexander Brodsky, Moscow, Russia
Gonçalo Byrne, architect, director, Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos, Lisbon, Portugal
Jürgen Mayer, architect, founding partner, J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten, Berlin, Germany.
Mr Christian Kerez, architect, Zurich, Switzerland, was, in the end, not able to take part in the award procedure, in spite of his initial acceptance of the invitation to do so. A total of 150 entries were submitted for the ‘DOMÉS Awards 2018’. These corresponded to 116 different teams of contributors and a equal number of ‘peer votes’. In the end, the right to a judgement was exercised by 91 out of the entitled 116 teams. The assessment procedure was decided upon internally by each design team, but it was determined that its expression should be the work of its representative.
The present issue of DOMÉS is an augmented extract from the special edition of the ‘Greek Architecture Yearbook 2018’, which will be published in a few months’ time, thus completing, as in previous years, the programme. It includes 25 works, chosen on average as the strongest entries by, on the one hand, the jury in the abovementioned four categories, and, on the other, the architects taking part in the two categories of peer awards. In the large group of these leading designs, on the basis of the assessments of the invited jury, there are eight completed works, four additional (to the preceding) first (completed) works of young architects, five designs, and seven completed works of new architecture in an existing building.
In the case of the peer awards, there is, on the basis of the regulations, provision for an award for one completed work and one design. It is worth noting that the same work, the Ring House at Aghia Galini, by the decaARCHITECTURE practice of Alexandros Vaïtsos and Carlos Loperena, was this year awarded the prize for the best completed work by the invited jury and by the jury of peers taking part.
Of the 25 works, 13 are private houses, all completed, and in the overwhelming majority holiday homes intended for at least partial commercial exploitation. Seven involve works of a public character, public buildings, and open-air public spaces, of which only one has been completed. The remaining five concern commercial and professional premises. All these are completed. The objectives and restrictions of economic expediency within the persisting economic crisis, are apparent in the case of the majority of works. In certain others, the quest for a very particular enjoyment, sometimes within the framework of conventional luxury, and sometimes as a search for the minimal and the special, is equally apparent.
Our warmest thanks go to all the creative architects and photographers who have responded to the invitation of DOMÉS and have sent in works for the Yearbook and the Awards. We would like to thank particularly those of the architects who took part in the review of the works for the award of ‘peer Awards’, setting aside their personal inclinations and interests. We hope that their active involvement in such a procedure of mutual assessment has contributed to their own explorations and will prove fruitful for the nurture of their own creativity.
In conclusion, we would like to express our cordial thanks to the three judges who honoured DOMÉS by accepting the invitation to undertake the laborious and responsible task of judging and assessing the designs and works which were submitted.

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