It is not our purpose to undermine the decision on the attribution of the first prize to the local team ’Fort’, notwithstanding the fact that we consider their composition very traditional, box-like and static, rather corresponding to the commercial facilities characteristics of a shopping mall from the 60-th. It does not fulfil a noble role or functionality which is critical for the European Solidarity Centre.
We accept that the final decision has been taken by the unprofessional jury. However, we take liberty to express our regret for the absence of two of the international judges in from the jury. I believe Miss. Jiricna from London and Mr. Benish from Germany.
Also it is a pity that the remaining members of the jury have defended a strait and traditional architectural thinking of the last century. Imagine a building with a roof top on which grass seeds has been sown, or which an elevation has been decorated with ivy leafs – does this give a correct answer to sustainable development requirements? It is a frequent mistake done by ignorant …
We were extremely deceived by the intellectual void, lack of ideas and architectural culture of the two first prizes. We consider the same for the mentioned submissions.
Very few of the selected projects except for the 3rd prize is honouring the dignity of “Solidarity” and those who has created and fight for this movement.
The proposed boxes, which in the case of the first prize are reminiscent of prison buildings or concentration camps and we cannot recognize what the expression of „Solidarity” is for Europe and for whole the World:
- Wind of freedom
- Transparency, which has inspired „glasnost” in our eastern neighbours
- Solidarity and respect to a human being and many other values, which we know and respect …
The chosen architecture with its backward character of the modernistic high-tech of the last past century, is oppressing with its clumsy heaviness, reminding the characteristic landscape of the “prefabricated “Council Houses” or “Chart of Athens”, inspired by the communist ideology and who has distorted and devastated the landscape of our cities.
Precisely, this kind of architecture with its pessimistic imprint, has lead to the last events in the European cities, where on the suburbs of such metropolis like Paris, Berlin or Brussels, the cars was burning and shop windows of the overworked artisans and shopkeepers has been devastated…