MAKS / Marieke Kums & Dirk Peters (Rotterdam, NL) is selected as one of the five finalists of the international competition upto35. On June 29th 2009, OLIAROS, a young property development company, issued a call for architects up to 35 years old to submit proposals for the design and construction of a model, affordable student housing complex in Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM), an area in the historic centre of Athens, Greece.
Participants were asked to explore new building typologies that can house 18 students on the 200 m2 lot at 34 Marathonos Street in KM, and can potentially sprawl in the neighboring properties owned by third parties, aiming at creating a contemporary student housing hub. The Jury comprised of Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Kourkoulas, Marcel Meili, Iasson Tsakonas, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, and Elia Zenghelis, reviewed 245 proposals from 41 countries.
The other finalists are: 101DESIGN (Japan), Solid Objectives Idenburg Liu (United States), Joao Prates Ruivo + Raquel Maria Oliveira (Greece) and SUPPOSE DESIGN STUDIO (Japan). All finalists will receive prize money and are now invited, to submit Design development propositions due on January 11th, 2010. The final 5 projects will be exhibited on site on October 1-7 2009 alongside all 242 entries. During the exhibition, the public will be invited to vote for one of the five finalists via text messaging. The project with the most SMS votes shall be deemed to have obtained the public vote.
The final winner, whose project will be developed by OLIAROS, will be determined in January 2010 by the votes of the seven members of the Jury plus the one vote deriving from the public and will receive additional prize money as well as a commission.