The cepezed-designed Jinso-pavilion on the Arena Boulevard in Amsterdam has won the Dutch National Steel Prize 2010 in the category commercial and industrial buildings. The prize was presented during the National Steel Construction Day on October 14th. With the Jinso-pavilion, cepezed has won its sixth National Steel Prize from a total of no less then seventeen nominations over the years. Earlier, the office also won two Belgian and two European Steel Prizes.
The jury chaired by architect Hans van Heeswijk especially valued the construction of the pavilion, and the way it autonomically blends in with its large-scale and crowd-intensive surroundings: ‘Up till now, the idea to solve the roof stability three-dimensionally with a compound ring beam was only known of stadiums, for example the Feijenoord stadium in Rotterdam. Such an employment on this small scale is cunning and sophisticated: really innovative. The execution is handsome, with cold-bent glass and slender steel profiles; the constructive versatility of steel has ingeniously been used. The details have been designed with great care. In the ‘aggressive’ surroundings of the soccer stadium, cinema multiplex, Music Hall and bill boards, this structure easily stands its ground. A persuasive winner in this category because of the smart and integral design that unites modelling, construction and execution into a powerful upshot. Creations like these make a complete area more attractive and more refined for the general public.'