Competing for a more tolerant world

Friday 06 Mar 2015

Winners selected for Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition

Three winners have been named in the Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition. Sponsored by HMMD/Homemade Desert, the competition challenged competitors to design a temporary pavilion dedicated to tolerance for the centre of Moscow’s Red Square. The winning concepts, chosen from 120 submissions, came from teams based in Italy, Norway, and France.

First prize winner ‘Space-ing Walls’ was submitted by the Italian team of Kiana Jalali Alessandro Vitale, Matteo Pagani and Marco Mergio. Its proposal moves the pavilion from the centre of Red Square, the chosen site, and places it instead against the Kremlin Wall. In the space created by the project, visitors are forced to confront the wall’s darker past as they are educated about a tolerant future. Full transparency within structure right down to the transparent staircase is intended to convey ideas of welcoming and acceptance. The pavilion’s white facade speaks of ideas of peace, forgiveness and hope.  

Second prize winners Ida Sandvik and Mesi Koponen hail from Norway. Their project ‘The Red Prism’ incorporates a series of solutions intended to engage and share the subject of tolerance. The project features a large red wall that spans the width of the square. It is intended as a metaphorical blockade against the military routes outlined in the paving of the square. Through the wall’s many layers of coloured glass, one’s view of the passersby in the square is reduced to silhouettes, which alludes to the fact that without the pretense of our own prejudices (ie. a clear view of another human being that we can judge), we are all equal. 

Nicholas Souchko of France was awarded the third prize. Souchko’s entry ‘The Bending Galleries’ features a flowering shell-like structure that represents the folding or twisting together of various minority groups. Each of the structure’s transparent petals contains a different gallery. As they each fold into each other they reveal a sequence of experiences that culminates in a common central space for gathering and exchanging ideas.  

The winners along with six honourable mentions were selected by an international jury late December 2014. Prize monies ranging from US$ 500 to 3000 were awarded.


Sharon McHugh

US and International Correspondent

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