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Altro Vetro (2007 - 2008)
Architect:Shay Cleary Architects
Award Type:Silver Housing Medal
The Silver Medal winner, Alto Vetro, is a 16 storey glazed tower, comprising of 24 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom privately-let apartments, as well as two pavilions and two retail units. The awards jury praised Alto Vetro for being “pitch-perfect in its relation of form to site: At an important junction of a busy car-corridor and a growing pedestrian route, its slim elegance is a significant new urban marker, confidence and proportion reminiscent not of its modernist but its Italian hill-town antecedents.
Its height is apposite against the large sheet of water of the Grand Canal Harbour and adjoining tall structures, old and new. The small urban space it generates along the Quayside is animated by its café on the ground floor. Its elevations counterpoint irregularly-spaced minimalist balconies against the grid of its vertical stripes – simple, yet not easily comprehended and complex as a result.”