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Press kit - Press release - Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award

Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award

Düsseldorf, Germany

best architects Award

The jury has decided!


Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-07-03 -

This year’s “best architects 16” award saw the stiffest competition in the award’s 10-year history. With the level of quality represented by the 354 submissions higher than ever, it has never been so hard to earn this distinction. This can be attributed for one thing to the opening up of the award to all of Europe, although the exceptionally high standard of works from the German-speaking world certainly also contributed to the unprecedented concentration of quality architecture.


The jury, comprising Prof. Pia Durisch (Durisch + Nolli Architetti, Massagno), Prof. Muck Petzet (Muck Petzet Architekten, Munich) and Christian Waldner (AllesWirdGut Architektur, Vienna), conferred the “best architects 16” label on a total of 80 projects. An additional nine works were recognised for their outstanding quality with the award “best architects 16 in gold”.


Two French firms made it into the ranks of gold winners with their very first participation in the competition: Éric Lapierre Architecture with the project “85 dwellings in Lyon” and the Bruther architecture office with the project “Cultural and Sports Center Saint Blaise area”.


Noteworthy is also the Swiss firm Graber Pulver Architekten, which was honoured with two gold awards. One went to the project “Energiezentrale Forsthaus, Bern” and one to the “Musée d’ethnographie de Genève”.


A gold award was also bestowed on one of the smallest projects – “Tom’s Hütte” by the firm Raumhochrosen from Bregenz.


The four remaining gold awards were presented to Roman Hutter Architektur for the project “Heidenhaus in Münster”, to the firm Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten for their “Wohnbebaung Sillblock Innsbruck”, to Giuliani Hönger Architekten for the project “Bürogebäude Wüst und Wüst, Küsnacht” and to the firm of Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler for their project “Zielturm Rotsee”.


These year’s winners impressively demonstrate just how diverse architecture on a very high level can be. At the same time, opening up the award to Europe reveals the disparate approaches taken in the respective regions.


In order to do justice to the complexity and variety of the submitted projects, the jury decided to establish some new categories. “This allowed the jury to make more allowance for the differing issues involved in the specific construction tasks,” explains Tobias Schwarzer, initiator of the best architects Award. The new categories are Infrastructure and Educational Buildings.


All award-winning projects can be viewed on

http://www.bestarchitects.de


The documentation of the award


In autumn 2015 a lavishly produced book on the “best architects 16” award will be published, available at bookstores. The bilingual (German / English) publication will devote two double-page spreads to each project, with detailed documentation including plans and many photos. This yearbook, published in-house by the zinnobergruen Verlag, has in the meantime become an established reference work on contemporary architecture.


The best architects Award


The “best architects Award” celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is considered today one of the most prestigious architecture awards in the German-speaking countries. The original idea behind the “best architects Award” was to filter out the best and most interesting architecture projects the German-speaking world has to offer and to present them to a broad

interested public. This year, the award has been opened up for the first time to all of Europe, ushering in a new stage in its development.

The award is presented annually to realised buildings that are distinguished by outstanding architectural quality in the categories of Housing, Office and Administration Buildings, Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Infrastructure, Educational Buildings, Public Buildings and Interiors. The aim is to spark a substantive discourse with the public and to strengthen architectural culture.

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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition - Gold winner:       BRUTHER    <br>Project:       Cultural   and Sports Center Saint Blaise area    <br> - Photo credit:       Filip   Dujardin
Gold winner: BRUTHER
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition -       Gold winner: Graber   Pulver Architekten AG    <br>Project:       Energiezentrale   Forsthaus, Bern    <br> - Photo credit:       Georg   Aerni / Hannes Henz
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition - Gold winner:       Graber   Pulver Architekten AG    <br>Project:      &nbsp;Ethnography Museum of Geneva<br> - Photo credit:       Leo   Fabrizio/Blaise Glauser (MEG)/Nicole Zermatten (Geneva city)
Gold winner: Graber Pulver Architekten AG
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition - Gold winner:       Raumhochrosen   - Heike Schlauch und Robert Fabach    <br>Project:       Tom's   Hütte    <br> - Photo credit:       Albrecht   Imanuel Schnabel
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition -    	 		 		 	 	 		 			 				 					Gold winner: Roman Hutter Architektur&nbsp;<br>Project: Heidenhaus in Münster  				<br> 	   - Photo credit:       Markus   Käch
Gold winner: Roman Hutter Architektur 
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition -   	 		 		 	 	 		 			 				 					Gold winner: Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH&nbsp;<br>Project: Wohnbebauung Sillblock Innsbruck  				<br> 	  - Photo credit: Bengt Stiller | Christoph Panzer
Gold winner: Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH 
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition -       Gold winner:       giuliani.hönger   ag dipl. architekten eth-bsa-sia    <br>Project: Bürogebäude   Wüst und Wüst, Küsnacht     - Photo credit:       David   Willén
Gold winner: giuliani.hönger ag dipl. architekten eth-bsa-sia
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition - Gold winner:       Architekten   ETH BSA SIA AG&nbsp; Andreas Fuhrimann&nbsp; Gabrielle Hächler&nbsp; / Carlo Fumarola / Gilbert Isermann    <br>Project:       Zielturm   Rotsee    <br> - Photo credit:       Valentin   Jeck
Gold winner: Architekten ETH BSA SIA AG  Andreas Fuhrimann  Gabrielle Hächler  / Carlo Fumarola / Gilbert Isermann
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition -     	 		 		 	 	 		 			 				 					Gold winner: Eric Lapierre Architecture <br>Project: 85 dwellings in Lyon  				<br> 	    - Photo credit: n/a
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Press kit | 1817-01 - Press release | Announcing the winners of the best architects 16 Award - best architects Award - Competition - Jury of the "best architects 16 Award"<br> - Photo credit: best architects 16 Award
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