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Architecture Prize NRW 2011: First Prize
Prizewinners: Architect Peter Zumthor
And the Building Sponsor, the Cologne Archdiocese
Tribute: »A person entering this building experiences the magic that architecture can conjure up. The successful combination of historic and contemporary elements unfolds a sensual potency, which at once impresses the visitor with strong sensations of space and fine details. The choice of materials, the treatment of light, and the carefully composed sequence of rooms join to become an integral whole. Likewise, with respect to urban space, this stone building construction conveys a quiet strength and in doing so, integrates in an almost playful, self-evident manner the fragments of the building’s historical legacy, the perforated frieze of stones, and the large glass surfaces into a highly expressive contemporary building. It is an encounter with a lasting impression.« (BDA Landesverband Nordrhein-Westfalen (ed.), Baukultur in NRW 2010, Cologne 2011, p. 14). | Jury: Prof. Claus Anderhalten (architect, Berlin), Dr. Wolfgang Bachmann (journalist, Munich), Achim Dahlheimer (state government, Düsseldorf), Prof. Almut Grüntuch-Ernst (architect, Berlin), Ansgar Schulz (architect, Leipzig), and as advisor: Martin Halfmann (architect, chairman of the BDA, Cologne). | The prize was awarded on September 19 in a festive ceremony at the Maxhaus in Düsseldorf. Representing the prizewinner: General Vicar Dr. Schwaderlapp, Master Builder of the Archdiocese Martin Struck, Museum Director Dr. Stefan Kraus.
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