best architects 19
Jury confers 12 gold awards
The «best architects 19 award» has been decided. Among the 361 entries from all over Europe, a large proportion of projects displayed the very highest level of execution. The jury had the pleasure of filtering out the very best from the many excellent works. They thus had the demanding task of seeking not only outstanding solutions to the construction briefs but also that certain something «more» in architecture. The wide variety of projects distinguished demonstrates impressively that quality is not a question of budget, size or prestige. Rather, quality results from the architects’ above-average commitment and enthusiasm – precisely what is honoured with this year’s «best architects 19 award».
«Good architecture creates added value that goes beyond the original brief, critically reflecting on both societal and cultural realities in order to ultimately do more than just what is required: an innovative school layout that generates a stimulating learning environment, an apartment house that not only provides the required residential units but also outdoor spaces that enliven the whole neighbourhood, a construction method that takes up a regional tradition and is able to recreate it using the latest building techniques, a building in which thoughtfully applied architectural resources are coupled with local references to generate historical depth, and not least the ability of the designer to translate all of this into a compelling picture in which inner structure and outward appearance are inseparably linked.» (Raphael Frei, pool Architekten, Zurich)
The jury, comprising Raphael Frei (Zurich), Thomas Lechner (Altenmarkt/PG) and Prof. Jonathan Sergison (London/Zurich) bestowed the best architects 19 Award on 70 projects. Another twelve were distinguished for particularly outstanding quality with the label best architects 19 in Gold