The new faculty building for the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan has been awarded as the first World Building of the Year at the inaugural World Architecture 2008 in Barcelona last week. According to the Festival director Paul Finch, the building is praised for its relationship with the city. Grafton Architects has successfully opened up the past of the city with a 21st-century attitude.
She writes: After a day spent absorbing and critiquing presentations by the 17 category winners, the super-jury of Cecil Balmond, Ricky Burdett, Charles Jencks and Süha Özkan retired to consider its verdict. Robert Stern was chairman, presiding over a lively and good humoured debate. Discussions were underpinned by the aim of premiating architecture that ´thought about complex issues in an imaginative way´, according to Stern.