The diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation in the Swiss Confederation, located in Bern, the capital of the Alpine country, supported the 2nd Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design.
“Domenico Trezzini is not just an outstanding architect, but also a bright example of cultural Switzerland-Russia collaboration,” says Mr. Sergei Garmonin, the Russian Ambassador to Switzerland. “Having left the Swiss canton of Ticino at a rather early age, this architect of Peter the Great managed to leave his mark in history only thanks to the opportunities that had opened to him in Russia. This architectural awards with international participation named after Domenico Trezzini is just another way of paying a tribute to his credit to the Russian and global architecture.”
The Golden Trezzini Awards is called after Domenico Trezzini (1670—1734), the first architect of St. Petersburg. Along with the Embassy of Russia in Switzerland, the Awards is supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg, Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, the Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture (KGA), the State Committee on Control, Use and Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks (KGIOP), the Committee for St. Petersburg Culture, and the Global Club of St. Petersburgers. The list of the Golden Trezzini’s partners includes the Russian Union of Architects, the Moscow Union of Architects, the St. Petersburg Union of Architects, the Association of Architectural Workshops, the St. Petersburg Union of Designers, the St. Peterburg Union of Restorers, and the All-Russian Union on Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks.
The mission of the Awards is to discover architectural, design, and restoration projects that can be classified as pieces of art thanks to their artistic merit. On October 28, the international jury chaired by M. Kull, Consul General of Switzerland in St. Petersburg, started the projects evaluation procedure. This year, 350 projects from over 50 cities and regions of Russia, Belorussia, Abkhazia, Great Britain, Latvia, UAE, Finland, and South Korea are going to contest for grand prizes at the Trezzini Awards.
The Awarding Ceremony will take place in the Atrium of the Commandant House within the Peter and Paul Fortress on November 27. After the Awarding Ceremony, the winning projects will be exhibited in the Peter and Paul Fortress. The best projects by competitors will be added to the collection of the State Museum of St. Petersburg History, which is the General partner of the Awards.
All the nominees are listed at the Awards official web-site www.goldtrezzini.ru.