The Versailles Africa and West Asia Prize 2021 has been awarded to the restaurant La Mamounia in Marrakech, the organizers announced.
“The Continental Committee and the Secretariat (of the Versailles Prize) have deliberated and decided to award the 2021 Versailles Africa and West Asia Prize (Restaurants category) to La Mamounia (Marrakech, Morocco)”, indicates a press release sent to the MAP.
As a continental winner, La Mamounia is nominated and competes for the world title (Versailles World Prize 2021), in the Restaurants category.
The World Prize for Architecture and Design (Prix Versailles) is a competition associating the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects.
It rewards the most remarkable architectural achievements, inside and out, in six regions of the world: Africa and West Asia, Central America, South and the Caribbean, North America, Central and Northeast Asia, South Asia and Pacific and Europe.
According to the Versailles Prize Secretariat, 70 continental winners have been selected for the 2021 edition. The 18 award-winning stores, 16 shopping malls, 18 hotels and 18 restaurants will compete for the 12 world titles (Versailles Prize, Interior, Exterior).
The criteria retained by the jury to elect these achievements across the world incorporate both innovation, creativity, echo to local, natural and cultural heritage, ecological performance, as well as the values of conviviality and participation with which the United Nations is attached.
The names of the global winners will be revealed on December 15, 2021 during the official announcement of the Prix Versailles.
It should be remembered that the world jury of the Prix Versailles 2019 awarded the Kénitra station the Prize for the most beautiful exterior in the world, during a ceremony held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
In 2020, the Versailles Prize for the most beautiful restaurant in the world was awarded to the Palais Ronsard in Marrakech. Located in the heart of the Palm Grove of Marrakech, the Palais Ronsard, designed by Gil Dez, interior designer, combines Moroccan tradition and Art Deco spirit.