STEEL FREEDOM 2017 winners - new ideas in Shopping Mall category

On November 25, STEEL FREEDOM Student Competition 2017 winners were officially announced. According to the jury voting results in Shopping Mall category, the first prize was awarded to the Z42 team represented by Mykyta Bilokopytov, a student of Lviv Polytechnic National University and Danyil Bilokopytov, a student of Kyiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. The second prize was taken by the A01 team represented by Oleksandr Velhan from Kharkiv National University of Construction and Architecture. The third prize was for the Q47 team from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, where the following students were working together: Dmytro Taburets, Petro Osadchyi and Sviatoslav Maksiuk.

«This year, under the STEEL FREEDOM 2017, we've noted the high activity of regional higher educational institutions; the students from Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odesa were among the winners. We've totally received 57 projects, 20 of which went to the finals. The jury paid attention to such criteria as the opportunity to implement the idea, how effective the concept was thought and the architectural distinction achieved, whether the use of steel for the structure's framework and fencing constructions was taken into account. The winners in Shopping Mall and Residential Estate categories managed to show the project's creative distinction and to maximize the use of the possibilities of metal constructions as the main tool in the architectural design, including organization of the large-scale enclosed spaces, free from supporting structures», - tells Tetiana Kolchanova, the UCSS Development Director, about features of STEEL FREEDOM 2017.

The worthy works were also presented in the categories of Residential Estate, Audience Choice Award and separate nominations, which were noted by STEEL FREEDOM 2017 partner companies.

«Modern architecture is striking by the combination of different styles and the implementation of the most unexpected ideas. The Shard in London, the Galaxy Soho in Beijing, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore are surprising by their freshness. Our team was especially impressed by the Contest's mission, how the organizers encouraged participants to feel their freedom in architecture and embody bold ideas. This approach really motivates talented young people to go beyond the traditional workflow. In order that the Ukrainian architects could easily compete with their international colleagues», - said Mykhailo Merkulov, the CEO of Arricano.

Mykola Yakymenko, the Head of Arricano Development and Operation Department, believes that participating in such competitions as STEEL FREEDOM promotes the new professional competencies acquisition: «I was pleasantly surprised by how the participants, finalists and winners work in the team, defend their own ideas, perceive criticism and advices with tolerance, and also discuss with their senior colleagues - famous architects of Ukraine and specialists of the industry, which have joined the STEEL FREEDOM. The participation in the competition guarantees, motivates and accumulates bringing together in one case the vision analysis, personal best practices and creatively present them to a wide range of specialists in order to win».

The STEEL FREEDOM organizer is the Ukrainian steel construction center. The first contest was held in 2014. Since then, more than 200 students of construction and architecture major had the opportunity to present their best ideas and experiences to experts and industry professionals for professional recommendations and to win the prestigious STEEL FREEDOM award every year. The competition is conducted exclusively among students. The competitive architectural concepts of the Steel Freedom 2017 projects will not be used in real projects, under the applicable Ukrainian laws.