The jury has decided –
winners of the »best architects 17« Award selected
This year for the eleventh time, the best architects Award has been conferred on the best architecture projects in Europe. With a striking degree of diversity and impressive quality among the 380 projects submitted, choosing the winners proved to be a suspenseful undertaking. The participating architects demonstrated compellingly just how creative and multifaceted solutions to a wide variety of tasks can be.
The jury, made up of Prof. Stephan Birk (Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten, Stuttgart), Corinna Menn (Corinna Menn, Zurich) and Georg Poduschka (PPAG architects, Vienna), awarded 83 projects the title »best architects 17«. Another ten works were distinguished for particularly outstanding quality with the label »best architects 17 in gold«.
Gold for extraordinarily creative and innovative residential buildings was furthermore awarded to Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architekten from Zurich for the project “Wohnbauten Steinwies -/Irisstrasse” and to another Zurich firm, pool Architekten, for “Haus G – Mehr als Wohnen”.
Two projects from Spain joined the ranks of gold winners: the “Faculty of Fine Arts, University of La Laguna” by gpy arquitectos from Tenerife and the project “Deutsche Schule Madrid” by the Berlin firm Grüntuch Ernst Architekten.
The incredible diversity of the submissions was exemplified by the “Sporthallen Weissenstein” by the Zurich firm Penzel Valier and the “Umbrückler Alm – Ausflugsrestaurant oberhalb von Innsbruck” by Ludescher + Lutz from Bregenz, both of which were awarded gold.
The jury took two full days to discuss all the projects in detail and reach its decisions. “The 380 submissions from across Europe brought to light a wide range of approaches to various architectural issues. The level of work was extremely high regardless of the task at hand, the scale or the origin. This led to interesting and stimulating discussions among us on issues of quality, innovation, attitude and the social relevance of architecture,” commented jury member Stephan Birk.