DETAIL Prize 2012: Städel Museum extension

The winners have been chosen: Architects from 45 countries submitted a total of 589 projects for the DETAIL Prize 2012. Once the editorial team had carried out its initial selection of 25 projects, the top-class jury and 3,894 DETAIL readers chose their favourites: The jury selected the project Residence Vitznau by Lischer Partner Planer AG as their winner, while the Readers' Prize went to Portuguese architects' office Pitágoras for its project Platform of Arts and Creativity. Jury members were David Chipperfield, Odile Decq, Norman Foster, Jürgen Mayer H., Richard Meier, Volker Staab, and Graham Stirk.

Residence Vitznau by Lischer Partner. Photo: Roger Frei


Platform of Arts and Creativity by Pitágoras. Photo: Pitágoras

Residence Vitznau, Switzerland - Lischer Partner Architekten Planer AG

The clients for the single-family house in Vitznau in Switzerland wanted to live in a wooden house. However, as the site was on a piece of steeply sloping terrain, architects' office   Lischer Partner Architekten Planer AG decided to design a solid structure whose hard shell of a concrete facade enclosed and protected the soft core of a wooden house. As a result, the wooden structure is now a house inside a house. Initially, the prefabricated wooden building was put together out of modular elements, after which the concrete facade was fitted onto it as a single shell. The completely wooden interior lining is made of stock-lumber larch wood. At the openings and recesses, the wood is also visible from outside. The solidly framed fixed glazing in larch wood emphasise the view of different landscape features along the banks of the Vierwaldstättersee. A clear cubature design anchors the house firmly on the slope, while a bridge serves as a connection to the open yard with garage and house entrance. The shared rooms are located on the top floor and the two lower bedroom floors are accessed via two spatially offset staircases. Built-in features and fixed furnishings create zones in the different spaces. 

Residence Vitznau by Lischer Partner. Photos: Roger Frei

Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães, Portugal – Pitágoras Arquitectura e Engenharia Integradas, Lda

The new building in the market square in Guimaraes, Portugal, Capital of Culture in 2012, was created by Pitágoras - Arquitectura e Engenharia Integradas, Lda, as a platform for art and creativity. As a result of the old city market's transformation into a multi-functional public space, the square and surrounding buildings will be upgraded and regained as an active centre for the municipal area. The concept for the new building and the design of the square is determined by the programme that envisages three main areas. Exhibitions and performances take place in the Art Center. In the form of creative labs, there are work rooms and offices for artists. An area for workshops and temporary actions supplement the programme. Shops and businesses in the existing buildings on the east side enliven the scenario and are in line with the original function of the square. Analogous to the new use, the volume and surface of the new building starkly contrast with the surroundings. The serially arranged shops contrast with an irregularly structured, shiny metal construction. The copper facade made of metal rods is interrupted by glimmering glass surfaces and elements that mark the entrance areas.

Platform of Arts and Creativity by Pitágoras. Photos: Jose Campos

The winners were honoured at the exclusive award ceremony on 22 November 2012 in Berlin, where the winners met high-profile figures from the international architectural and cultural scenes as well as leading researchers, politicians and industrialists.

This was the fifth time that the contest, which aims to highlight impressive projects from around the world, has been held. The DETAIL Prize is backed by the co-promoter, the world-leading BAU 2013 trade fair, and the main sponsor, Josef Gartner GmbH.
Nominated Projects: Wind-dyed house, Yokosuka Kanagawa, Japan
acaa / Kazuhiko Kishimoto Chapel in the woods, Pannonhalma, Hungary
CZITA Architects adidas Laces, Herzogenaurach, Germany
kadawittfeldarchitektur Visitor Information Centre Messel Pit, Germany
landau + kindelbacher architekten – innenarchitekten GmbH Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Great Britain
Zaha Hadid Architects Residence Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Lischer Partner Architekten Planer AG Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway
Helen & Hard AS Villa Vauban Museum – Museum of Art of the City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Diane Heirend & Philippe Schmit architects Pädagogische Hochschule (Pedagogical University), Chur, Switzerland
Architekturbüro Horváth Universitäts-Kinderspital beider Basel (Hospital for Children), Basel, Switzerland
Stump & Schibli Architekten BSA Administrative Regional Center for the Development of local Alabaster, Hijar (Teruel), Spain
Magén arquitectos Goethe Institute, Santiago de Chile, Chile
FAR frohn&rojas Kronenraumforschungsturm (Scientific Observation Tower), Hornungstal near Trippstadt, Germany
.pg1 architekten Tram Depot Bern, Switzerland
Penzel Valier AG Hip House, Zwolle, Netherlands
Atelier Kempe Thill Temporary Dormitories for CDC Nursery School, Mae Sot, Thailand
Line Ramstad, Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier Visitor centre Puez Geisler nature park and primary school in Villnöß, Italy
Burger Rudacs Architekten Islamic cemetery Altach, Austria
Architekt DI Bernardo Bader Heustadlsuite Taxhof (rural guest house), Bruck, Austria
meck architekten Woodwalk Showroom, New Delhi, India
vir.mueller architects Technical University of Munich – Building 0505, Munich, Germany
Hild und K Architekten Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm Centre, Berlin, Germany
Max Dudler 1 Bligh Sydney, Sydney, Australia
ingenhoven architects Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães, Portugal
Pitágoras - Arquitectura e Engenharia Integradas, Lda
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