“COAM Prize 2005-2016. Madrid’s recent architecture” at COAM Madrid

The Official College of Architects of Madrid celebrates the ninth anniversary of it’s annual prize with the edition of a special catalog and exhibition looking back at the best architecture of the last decade. Photographs, plans, drawings and architect’s thoughts on over 150 projects, curated by architecture critic Edgar González.

 

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

COAM Prize 2017. Three Wise Men Carriages, by Elii © Imagen Subliminal

 

Reviewing Madrid’s contemporary architecture is an interesting but vastly complex task. The Official College of Architects of Madrid (COAM) annually awards the COAM Prize, a recognition to  architectural excellence. The award, renowned all over Spain, is given to any works built in the Madrid Region since 2005. (more…)

“Grenzen / Borders” European Architectural Photography Prize 2017 at DAM

The European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild is awarded every two years, and 2017 marks the 12th time since 1995. As always, photographers from all over the world were invited to submit in a series of four photographs their very personal interpretation of a specific topic.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 1 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 1 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

With “Grenzen / Borders” we all immediately recall images from the summer of 2015 of the flow of refugees in front of hastily erected barbed-wire borders. And in Germany we inevitably think of the lethal border that until 1989 cut through the country. As the 2017 competition brief states, borders are physically present and clearly legible or subtly noticeable, are perceived as protection or deterrent. The works submitted take this up and in extremely different ways tell of enclosure and exclusion.


 

Practical information

“Grenzen / Borders” European Architectural Photography Prize 2017
May 6 – August 6, 2017
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 


With its specific provisions, the competition aimed from the outset to promote an artistic, photographic exploration of the built environment. A series of four images enables stories to be told; the specific topic gives direction, but also always allows great leeway. What started out as an initiative of db deutsche bauzeitung has since 2003 been continued, with a great deal of voluntary work, by architekturbild e.v., which back then had recently been founded.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 3 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 3 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 4 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 4 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

The association is responsible for the competition, the touring exhibition, and the catalog. 2008 saw the beginning of the partnership with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), which subsequently took over the initial presentation of the prize-winning competition entries and became the venue for the award ceremony. The cooperation agreement with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) also included the handing over of the competition archive, which is now part of the Frankfurt institute’s collection. In 2016 the Bundesstiftung Baukultur became the third partner.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 2 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 2 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

To date the vast majority of entries come from German-speaking countries, where the competition originated. Photographers from ten countries including Japan, Canada, and the USA took part in the 2017 competition. 133 series of images were submitted. This was less than in previous years, but the quality was consistently high.

 

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 1 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 1 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 2 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 2 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

 

Ultimately, 28 series were honored. In 2017 the jury, as always made up of members from a wide range of professions and nations, was chaired by Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Alongside the photographic quality it particularly took into consideration the serial link between the images submitted as well as creativity with regard to the handling of the topic, whether it was interpreted in an experimental, narrative, documentary, strict, or surprising manner.

 

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 3 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 3 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 4 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 4 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

 

1st prize went to the Berlin photographer Andreas Gehrke. His series entitled “Arrival” won the jury over with its unusual visualization of one of the major problems of our time. By taking a close look at the accommodation allocated to refugees, he succeeds in revealing the alienation of the people and the impact of exclusion and homelessness.

 

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 1 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 1 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 2 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 2 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

 

Three 2nd prizes were awarded in 2017. The series “Revier” by Matthias Jung shows us boarded-up façades, which to the viewer look almost surreal. Exclusion, here too; there is no way back for the former inhabitants. The deserted ghost town will soon succumb to surface mining. In his work entitled “Stone Record”, Daniel Poller documents conversion, demolition, and new builds in a totally different way.

 

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 3 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 3 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 4 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 4 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

 

Contemporary structures are encroaching on historical architecture such that only façades remain. What is old becomes a decorative backdrop for a city that can do little to counter the laws of the real-estate market. Die im Dunklen is the title Wilhelm Schünemann gave his entry.

 

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

 

Reflective windows and curtains prevent a view inside the offices of corporations that have opened close to the Bundestag, the German parliament, where they quietly go about their lobbying. Alexander Beck, Martin Dziuba, Philippe Grollier, Wolfram Janzer, and Sally-AnnNorman were also honored.

 

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild


 

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BDA Architecture Prize “max40 – Young Architects 2016” at DAM

This year for the very first time BDA Hessen (the Hessen branch of the Association of German Architects), together with the BDA branches in the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland, staged the BDA Architecture Prize “max40 – Junge Architekten”.

 

Doppelhaus, Moorenweis, Studio Rauch Architektur \\ © Foto: Florian Holzherr

Doppelhaus, Moorenweis, Studio Rauch Architektur \\ © Foto: Florian Holzherr

 

The works honored by the jury in the form of a prize, a commendation, or by being short-listed, are now being showcased in an exhibition at Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt/Main. A catalog of the exhibition will be published. (more…)

“Europe’s Best Buildings. Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2015” at Architekturzentrum Wien

Every two years the exhibition “Europe’s Best Buildings. The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Mies van der Rohe Award” places a focus on exceptional visionary architecture, and has become a crowd-puller over recent years. For the 4th time the exhibition of this prestigious architecture prize is on show at the Architekturzentrum Wien.

 

Gewinner: Philharmonie Stettin, Polen / Arch.: Barozzi / Veiga, Alberto Veiga (SP) und Fabrizio Barozzi (IT) © Simon Menges

Gewinner: Philharmonie Stettin, Polen / Arch.: Barozzi / Veiga, Alberto Veiga (SP) und Fabrizio Barozzi (IT) © Simon Menges

 

Since its inception in 1988 the prize-money of € 60,000 has been awarded to such famous names as David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor or Rem Koolhaas. To promote young talent and architects at the outset of their careers the Emerging Architect Special Mention prize was called into life, promoting ambitious, up-and-coming architecture.

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Winners of the 14th Edition of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards   

The prizes aim to improve awareness and understanding of ceramic tiles made in Spain amongst architects and interior designers and promote their use by these professionals for an interesting research in the application of ceramic material.

 

“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. Photograph: Mariela Pollonio.

“Multipurpose Teaching Hall at the Gavina School” by Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez. Photograph: Mariela Pollonio

 

The panel of judges for the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture and Interior Design, chaired by architect Victor López Cotelo, met in Castellón on Friday, 27th November to decide the winners of the fourteenth edition of these Awards, which enjoy a consolidated reputation within the architecture sector. First prize in the architecture category went to the multipurpose sports hall at the Gavina School, the work of Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez, whilst the winning project in the Interior Design category was the Blue Wave Cocktail Bar by El Equipo Creativo. (more…)

18 finalists revealed for the BigMat International Architecture Award ’15

BigMat has announced the 18 finalists in the competition for the 2015 edition of its biennial BigMat International Architecture Award. The Grand Prize, National Prizes and runners-up will be disclosed in the Awards Ceremony in Berlin on November 20.

 

BigMat International Architecture Award '15.18 finalists

BigMat International Architecture Award ’15 finalists

 

BigMat International has announced the 18 finalists in the competition for the 2015 edition of its biennial architecture award. The selected finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 100 participating teams of architects disclosed last June. Representing both emerging and established practices with offices in the six countries eligible for the Award, the shortlisted entries show the great diversity of the projects presented, both in scale and nature of the architecture itself. (more…)