On January 19, the DETAIL Prize 2011 was presented in Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich during the festive DETAIL Gala. The international prize is awarded for outstanding architecture every two years by DETAIL in cooperation with the BAU tradeshow. The main prize went to David Chipperfield Architects (Berlin) in collaboration with Julian Harrap (London) for the project Reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin.
The reconstruction of the Neues Museum, which was built in 1859 and heavily damaged in the Second World War, by David Chipperfield Architects in cooperation with Julian Harrap encompasses the restoration of the intact parts of the building as well as the restoration of the original room arrangement and volume with new building parts. DETAIL’s editor-in-chief Christian Schittich quoted from the jury’s assessment:
“The architecture is impressive due to the sensual dealings with the material and the tension between the clear, modern architectural idiom of the new elements and the old building stock. The architects manage to create a distinct aesthetic from crumbly plaster and paint residue. Despite the very long construction process, which to some extent was politically influenced, the quality of the clear basic concept and the sensitive dealings with the substance remained constant. The architecture has a sensual aesthetic, which is impressive due to the tense relationship between the clear, modern architectural idiom of the new building elements and the old building stock. Despite the very long construction process, which to some extent was politically influenced, the quality of the clear basic concept and the sensitive dealings with the substance remained constant. The project involves a completely new approach to reconstruction and is an outstanding and authentic example of redevelopment of an existing building.”
The jury awarded the Special Prize for Glass
to Tony Fretton Architects
(London) for the New British Embassy
project in Warsaw, Poland. The new British embassy combines the highest security standards with large glass facades, minimalist design and aesthetic forms. Alluding to neo-classical architecture, the longitudinal, three-story building is rigidly geometrical with an upper floor in the middle. Despite the high security requirements, the design is based on a maximally glazed front.
The Special Prize for Steel went to the Danish architecture office BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen) for the Danish Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The jury found the exhibition concept consistent and coherent due to the expressive form. The jury found the expression of movement particularly impressive. The architecture follows the movement processes of users. In addition to having a striking shape, the construction also has to meet the requirements of temporary pavilion buildings: they have to be easy to erect and take down. This is impressively implemented in steel.