The jury has reached its decision on the winners of the best architects 18 Award.
A total of 367 projects were submitted this year from all over Europe. Regardless of the size and prestige of the respective construction task, many of them were carried out at the very highest level. That made selecting the winning projects a real challenge.
The jury, comprising Prof. Verena von Beckerath (Heide & von Beckerath, Berlin), Sou Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo) and Prof. Ingemar Vollenweider (jessenvollenweider architektur, Basel) bestowed the “best architects 18” Award on 71 projects. Another twelve were distinguished for particularly outstanding quality with the label “best architects 18 in Gold”.
In the category Single-family homes, a gold ranking was bestowed on the projects “House Juniskär” by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg Arkitekter from Stockholm (SWE)
The extraordinarily creative and innovative residential buildings designed by Boltshauser Architekten from Zurich (CH) with their “Hirzenbach Apartment Tower”
and by Trutz von Stuckrad Penner from Berlin (D) with their “Niederbarnimstrasse Apartments”
received further gold awards.
Also deemed deserving of gold was the “H7 administrative building”
designed by Andreas Heupel Architekten from Münster (D), in the category Office and administrative buildings and the project “Extension of the Felsberg School complex”
by Menzi Bürgler Architekten from Zurich (CH), in the category Education buildings.
In the category Commercial and industrial buildings, Cangemi Architekten from Chur (CH) won gold with their “Ragn d’Err hydropower plant”
as did LP architektur from Altenmark (A) with the “MPREIS St. Martin” supermarket.
The three remaining awards in gold went to Christ & Gantenbein from Basel (CH) for their project “Swiss National Museum” in the category Public buildings
to Bernardo Bader Architects from Dornbirn (A) for the “Salgenreute Chapel”
in the category Other buildings and to Bajet Giramé from London (UK) for their “Home in Mitre”
in the category Interior design.
The submitted projects provide striking testimony to the diverse directions in which the European architectural scene is developing. Alongside established architecture offices that have enjoyed a high profile for many years with their outstanding buildings, the discovery of as yet lesser-known architects is what makes this award so very exciting. Once again this year, we are seeing a colourful mix of works that demonstrate in a fascinating way all that architecture is capable of.
All award-winning projects can be viewed on www.bestarchitects.de