August 11, 2016

Artez recently celebrated the region’s finest architectural talent at the annual Manchester Architect Society Awards, sponsoring of this year’s Future Architect of the Year (student) Award.

Mike Banton presented Kristian James with the award for his/her project, Museo Galleggiante di Cose Milano, at the highly esteemed event, while Steve Knight presented GA Studio with the award for Small Project of the Year.

Presented with the linguistic dilemma of pronouncing the Italian name of the project, our very own MD announced the winner as ‘Spaghetti’ – egged on as so by Manchester Confidential’s editor and the host of the event, Jonathan Schofield: “If that one wins just say spaghetti – very Italian, you know!” This was swiftly followed by a brief moment of confusion and then a chorus of 400 guests shouting ‘Spaghetti.’

Mike Banton, managing director at Artez, said: “We’re incredibly passionate about new, innovative and unusual buildings that push the boundaries. Kristian’s design of Museo Galleggiante di Cose Milano is a great example of the forward-thinking and inventive approach to architectural design talent that we want to see more of in Manchester and its surrounding areas – even if I can’t pronounce it!”

The prestigious exhibition and awards ceremony was held on 21 July at Stubbs Mill – a commercial regeneration project by developer Urban Splash in New Islington – offering guests a sneak-peak of the building ahead of its official launch later this summer. The development undertaken by Artez has seen the conversion of the old mill, which is located next to the iconic Chips building in Ancoats, into a vibrant 30,000 sq ft office space across three floors.

Mike continued: “Although I struggled with some pronunciation, the architectural talent here really struck a chord with me. It’s fantastic to see it right on our doorstep – and I’m glad I managed to give everyone a good laugh, too!”

The awards, held annually since 1995, celebrate and acknowledge buildings that have made a particularly positive contribution to the local environment. The exhibited projects are judged by a panel of adjudicators made up of architects and non-architects.