South African architectural firm MMA Architects has won the Curry Stone Design Prize at the 11th International Venice Architecture Biennale.
The newly-established Curry Stone Design Prize honours “innovative achievements in humanitarian architecture and design”. MMA was awarded a prize of US$100 000 for their pioneering design in new affordable housing systems.
Nominated for their 10X10 Design Indaba low-cost housing project, where ten teams of South African architects were teamed with international designers to pioneer new affordable housing systems. MMA Architects were originally paired with Will Alsop to develop a system which comprises sandbag walls, creating the thermal mass, with a lightweight “ecobeam” truss (timber-frame structure).