Prix de Rome Architecture 2018
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Alessandra Covini wins Prix de Rome Architecture 2018

Architect Alessandra Covini (1988, Milan) received the Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 from the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven. Covini is awarded for Amsterdam Allegories, her proposal for the Sixhaven area in the North of Amsterdam. The award comes with a 40,000 Euro cash prize and a work period at the American Academy in Rome. The Prix de Rome Architecture is awarded once every four years to talented young architects, urban designers or landscape architects.

With her proposal Amsterdam Allegories, Alessandra Covini responded to the fictional assignment, formulated by the jury, to come up with a meaningful and non-consumptive programme for the Sixhaven area that could be significant for the city and would be cherished by many. Covini’s plan is a proposal that turns Sixhaven into a walled harbour in which twenty-one islands provide space for passing visitors. In addition, Covini sketches scenarios in which the islands drift around the city. Each island refers to specific characteristics and typologies of the city and harbour of Amsterdam. By enclosing the islands, Covini adds a new typology. The result is a refreshing plan that proposes new forms of public space that sparkle with pleasure, positive energy and humour.

The work of all nominees is exhibited in at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 19 October 2018 to 10 March 2019.

The Prix de Rome Architecture is the oldest and biggest Dutch prize for artists and architects under the age of 40. The Prix de Rome has been organized and financed since 2012 by the Mondriaan Fund. More information about the Prix de Rome 2014 exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut can be found here. The exhibition showcases the importance of design and innovation, key principles of all activities at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Assignment Final Round

The four nominated architects were asked to develop a proposal for the area around Sixhaven, opposite Amsterdam Central Station.


The international jury of the Prix de Rome selected four architects for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome 2018.

First round

The first round - Low Pressure - was an open competition focusing on a specific rural area in the Dutch province of Groningen.


19/10/2018 – 10/03/2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam

dinsdag — woensdag
11.00 — 17.00

11.00 — 21.00

vrijdag — zondag
11.00 — 17.00