The "best architects 16" award opened up its annual competition to all of Europe for the first time. Established in 2006, "best architects" celebrates the most innovative architecture in German-speaking countries, which also serves as a means to engage and inspire the wider public with top-notch design. But for this year's edition, architects based in Europe were welcome to send in their best realized projects.
As expected, competition was fiercer than ever with a total of 354 submissions sent in from the continent. Although, of course, there was also a good number of winning projects from German-speaking countries. Eighty projects received awards, while nine were honored with Gold awards.
This year's jury featured: Prof. Pia Durisch (Durisch + Nolli Architetti, Massagno); Prof. Muck Petzet (Muck Petzet Architekten, Munich); and Christian Waldner (AllesWirdGut Architektur, Vienna).
Have a look at some of the gold-winning projects below.
Office/Administrative Buildings - Gold Award:
giuliani.hönger ag dipl. architekten eth-bsa-sia, Zurich, Switzerland: Office Building Wüst und Wüst, Küsnacht
Infrastructure Buildings - Gold Award:
- Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler / Carlo Fumarola / Gilbert Isermann, Zurich, Switzerland: Zielturm Rotsee
- Graber Pulver Architekten AG, Zurich, Switzerland: Energiezentrale Forsthaus, Bern
Public Buildings - Gold Award:
- BRUTHER, Paris, France: Cultural and Sports Center Saint Blaise area
- Graber Pulver Architekten AG, Zurich, Switzerland: Musée d‘ethnographie de Genève
Single Family Homes - Gold Award:
- Roman Hutter Architektur, Lucerne, Switzerland: Heidenhaus in Münster
- Raumhochrosen, Bregenz, Austria: Tom’s Hut
Multi-Family Homes - Gold Award:
- Éric Lapierre Architecture, Paris, France: 85 Dwellings in Lyon
- Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH, Vienna, Austria: Residential Development Sillblock Innsbruck
For the full list of winners, click here (PDF).
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