live award ceremony

new edition 2021

after the success of the first edition in 2019, and despite the singular global situation, the pavilion workplace presents a new edition 2021, following the biannual character that was presented in its beginning”

to professionals and students

this new edition will distinguish between all projects and proposals presented by professionals and students; and as follows there will be two winners according to these two categories

last day for receiving proposals 09/08/21

projects and proposals presented in the contest may be presented on 09/08/2021 in accordance to the bases you will find in the menu of this website

8 finalists – 2 winners

from all projects presented, the judges will select 8 projects, that will appear as finalists, and from these, two winners will be chosen: one from the professional category, and the other from the student category

guest countries: mexico and china

in this year’s edition we will count, aside from the national participants, with participants from two other guest countries Mexico and China

award ceremony 20 october 2021

the award ceremony will be held, like in the first edition, in the Pavilion Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona. The ceremony will be broadcasted through streaming, for all those who can’t assist, due to possible restrictions both of movement as well as reunion

2021 finalists  


arquitectura que dice diseño

rodrigo sánchez torres


paca studio

useful environment

matteo piras

lens to face an icon

aim arquitectura estudio

2021 finalists 


soft sharpness

martina boero


maría gonzález rodríguez de biedma y maría antonia franco

como en casa

álvaro soriano

shape its form

enrico pupi

2019 award winners

the jury of the first edition of the contest, selected 9 finalists, of which 3 projects were chosen as winners.
the three winning proposals were virtually recreated thanks to VR technology and could be visited during the awards ceremony that took place on june 6, 2019 in the mies barcelona pavilion

now & next

mario espinoza project

materia ausente

dos g arquitectos project

in between

teodora visoiu & natalia nani project

adeyaka bcn & usm vr project


iconic timeless modular design since 1855

Founded in Münsingen, Switzerland, in 1855 by Ulrich Schärer. USM was initially known as a producer of ironmongery utensils and clenches for high quality windows.
In 1961, Paul Schärer, grandson of the founder, decided to reorient the company’s activity and converted USM in a modern industrial company. As a consequence, he hired architect Fritz Haller to design a new building for the firm.

Haller designed a building based on his system Mini/midi/Maxi. A principle of construction with a steel shell for buildings of different sizes. The unique modular architecture inspired Haller and Schärer o create flexible solutions for storage following the same system. In 1963 the modular system became pioneer and acquired international prestige with the name of USM Haller.

Nowadays, UM has more than 400 employees around the world. The headquarters of the company and its production are still in Münsingen. USM is distributed around more than 50 countries through a net of more than 400 qualified dealers.
The shape follows the function. The goal of Schärer and Haller of combining functionality and aesthetics in timeless solutions for home and office, led to modular concepts that captured the essence of the time.

The USM Haller Systems are included in the permanent collection of MoMA in NYC since 2001.

Herman Miller

more than 100 years of commitment and evolution of a world leader

Herman Miller, a businessman from Michigan, bought the Michigan Star Furniture Company with his son in law, D.J. De Pree, in 1923. The company opened its doors on 1905. After buying it, Pree changed its name in honor of his father in law.

By the 20th century, Herman Miller had become a synonym of “modern” furniture. The company produced pieces that became classics of industrial design thanks to George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.

Since then, they collaborate with some of the most well known designers in the world, like Alexander Girard, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Propst, Stumpf, Don Chadwick, Ayse Birsel, Studio 7.1, Yves Béhar, Dough Ball and much more.

Nowadays, apart from the classics, Herman Miller is a well known innovator in the furniture of contemporary interiors. A company with headquarters in Zeeland, Michigan. And it has production centers in the US, China, Italy and the UK. Furthermore, it has sales offices, dealers, licensees and clients in more than 100 countries.


harmonious balance between quality, innovation and sophisticated aesthetic value, since 1953

TECNO, an industrial company of furniture fabrication with its own design, was founded by Osvaldo and Fulgencio Borsani in 1953. During the 30s and 40s, Borsani created furniture for big domestic environments and for rich professional studies in Lomabrdía. The first official exposition was in 1954 during the 10th Triennial Exposition of Milan.

The event was crucial for the young company. The exposition held pieces designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller, Zanuso for Arflex and De Carli for Cassina. But it was the D70 divan by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno that received the honorific mention.

During the 80s, Tecno renewed strategic relations with extern designers. One of the collaborations was with Norman Foster. Together they designed the Nomos System, created to offer illimited flexibility and design solutions creating truly surprising work places. The hardy Nomos System is recognized as an icon of industrial design and was awarded the “Compasso d’Oro” in 1987.