10.05.2015 Florian Maier

MosBuild Architecture and Design Awards (MADA)

MosBuild celebrated its 21st anniversary edition in April 2015 at Moscow‘s central exhibition venue Expocentre Fairgrounds. Among the business programme’s highlights there were the 4th International MosBuild Architecture and Design Awards.

Aimed at international young architects and students of architecture schools, the awards recognized two categories: »Best architectural solution for creating an accessible environment« and »Best sustainable architecture project«. Winners were announced in both the architect and student categories and judged by an international panel of experts, including Ole Gustavsen, Rector of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and Alexandre Bau, founder of design agency Ralston & Bau.
Best architectural solution for creating an accessible environment (Architects)
Archaeological Space in Daroca by Sergio Sebastián
Best sustainable architecture project (Architects)
Gokceada Sustainable School by Onz Architects / Onat Öktem
Best architectural solution for creating an accessible environment (Students)
Park for all »Zyablikovo« by Anastasia Sedova
Best sustainable architecture project (Students)
Eco-complex »AquaDom« by Aigul Nikolaeva
The exhibition was split into a two-week format, MosBuild Design & Décor and MosBuild Building & Architecture, and covered the entire spectrum of building and interiors products. It welcomed a total of 1,517 exhibitors from 41 countries in a combined area of over 90,000sqm. Due to the current economic climate in Russia, expectations on the show were not as high as previous years but total attendance figures of 86,141 industry professionals seemed to dispel most concerns. Daniele Baldini from the export division of exhibiting Wall Décor company Portofino, commented: »We left Italy with a negative impression due to the problems with the Russian market but we are really happy and pleasantly surprised by what we have found.«

The shows 21st edition re-confirmed its relevance in the market but also its status as an international event by welcoming 14 national groups from Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, China, Korea, Malaysia, Portugal, Slovakia, Taiwan, Finland and the Czech Republic. The event also attracted an array of internationally respected brands from many different industries such as SINA Tile, SACMI, Equipceramica, Duravit, Vitra, OLI, IDEA, Laufen, Villeroy and Boch, Clever, Nofer, Anza, Armourcoat, Beorol, Colorifico San Marco, Polisan, ALI, EGGER, IDEAL, Panaget, A.S. Creation, Erismann, Hewlett Packard, Emeliana Parati, Verbeek Designs, Alubond and Assa Abloy to name a few.

There was also an increase in first time exhibitors from outside of Europe, hoping to seize opportunities arising from the sanctions and trade restrictions currently in place between Russia and Europe. Leading Iranian ceramics company SINA Tile, were one such company, their International Marketing Manager, Reza Geransayeh noted: »At present Russia is under very heavy sanctions from Europe and the USA, we thought this highlighted and opportunity for us. Russia is the biggest country in the world and the market presents huge opportunities.«
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