The Detroit Waterfront District is the theme of the second edition of the Manni Group Design Award: the contest of ideas run by Manni Group, in collaboration with YAC – Young Architects Competition and Sterling Group, is an international chance to reflect on the sustainable redevelopment of cities through the most innovative building technologies.
The reference site is the city of Detroit, specifically the deserted riverfront area where the Joe Louis Arena used to be. The participants of the 2020 contest are required to design a new mixed-use district which includes luxury residences, hotels, business area, commercial and cultural centres.
The focus is therefore urban regeneration with low environmental impact using a constructive paradigm that Manni Group and its companies have always been promoting: steel offsite construction.
Steel and dry construction
Offsite construction makes it possible to build and pre-assemble most of the components directly on the production site, thereby limiting the actual work time on site and its related costs. For Manni Group, this approach translates into the use of steel for the structural frames and sandwich panels for the envelopes.
Three Group companies are involved:
- Manni Sipre – which produces semi-finished steel structural elements;
- Isopan – which focuses on the production of insulating design solutions for the envelope;
- Manni Green Tech – specialised in the Light Steel Frame construction, it deals with the engineering aspect of dry projects.
Unlike traditional construction which uses large amounts of water, dry construction with steel fulfils the criteria of sustainability, recyclability of materials and energy savings, combined to guarantee the minimum environmental impact and the maximum freedom of expression for the designer.
Contestants of the Manni Group Design Award are given a schedule of technical possibilities that can be used in the design of the Detroit Waterfront District, useful for obtaining one of the four contest GOLD Mentions.
2nd Manni Group Design Award partners
Main Sponsor: Tata Steel
Alongside the companies of the Group, once more the contest features the collaboration of an international Main Sponsor: Tata Steel, one of the world’s main steel companies, is one of the major European steel producers with steel sites in Holland, Great Britain and production sites across Europe. They mainly work in the building and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering industries.
The Tata Steel solution suggested by the contest schedule is Colorcoat Prisma®: a three-layered cutting-edge production technology used to create an optimised, sturdy and chrome-free pre-coated steel product. This solution provides dry facades with designer finishes, available in a broad range of colours to achieve the aesthetic result imagined by the architect.
As the Main Sponsor, Tata Steel awards a GOLD Mention to projects that present designer finishes to building facades. In fact, Claudio Chimienti, current Regional Manager of Tata Steel for Southern Europe, shall be participating in the panel of the Manni Group Design Award alongside architects of international level.
Sponsors: Dow and Rockwool
The following shall be participating as Sponsors: