DAM AWARD 2017

The DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2017 has been awarded to the Hamburg firm of Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers for the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck. The enormous breadth of differentiated and long-term working solutions swung the jury to decide in favor of Lübeck. But the overall European Hansemuseum project did not begin and end with a new exhibition building. It encompassed urban repair including the reestablishment of lost pathway relations and the renovation of an ensemble that had an architectural history beginning in the Middle Ages and extending into the 19th century. The DAM Preis for Architecture in Germany has found a new conceptual realignment. In the last nine years the approximately twenty buildings in Germany were determined by a jury assembled that year for the purpose. One of these buildings was always singled out for tribute with the DAM Preis. We are now expanding this principle. Together with the state chambers of architecture DAM researched the basis for the jury selection. The result was a DAM long list of about 100 buildings in Germany. During intense discussions held at the first meeting of the jury in May 2016, twenty-one buildings in Germany from this spectrum were selected for the shortlist of the DAM Preis. This is accompanied, outside the competition, by three buildings situated abroad by German architectural rms. The prizewinner was not directly selected at the meeting of the jury. First the jury picked four finalists from the group of buildings on the shortlist and visited these on a jury outing in September 2016. At the end of the visit the jury held a final sitting. With a vote of six to one they selected the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck by Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers to be awarded the DAM Preis for Architecture in Germany 2017. In addition to the Hansemuseum the runner-up was the Grimmwelt exhibition building in Kassel designed by kadawittfeldarchitektur from Aachen. On the one hand both buildings have a remarkable number of features in common: for one, they are both mediumsized museums built from remnants of listed predecessor buildings. Secondly, areas which had fallen into decay were to be revived in the urban fabric, creating new public locations. On the other hand their museological approaches could not be more different. A special feature of the third finalist building, the general renovation and addition of another story to an apartment building at the Pforzheim train station by Freivogel Mayer Architekten, cannot be illustrated within the framework of an exhibition which seeks to present all things new: the building was almost completely occupied during the renovation. Only the slightest interventions were made in the existing apartments. However not only was the building path-breaking from a standpoint of energy consumption, the new forward placed balconies represented a clear increase in residential value. Thomas Kröger from Berlin took an opposite track. The rebuilt Tenne in the Uckermark, the fourth finalist’s project is a former stall, with all the complications that can entail for a residential building. The reuse of the building was also an important building block to inject some life into the village of Fergitz. The new country home which emerged is spatially highly differentiated and is characterized by an unaffected rustic elegance.

The new cooperation agreement between DAM and JUNG has made it possible to launch the website www.dam-preis.de, on which all the long-listed project are presented. As such, this year the general public will have access to all nominations for the first time. In addition the structures will be presented in handy printed form in “Architekturführer Deutschland 2017” (Architectural Guide Germany 2017), which will be published by DOM publishers in Berlin.

Partners: Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and JUNG


Nominated projects

ARCHITEKTEN STEIN HEMMES WIRTZ
Umbau einer Scheune in ein Wohnatelier, Minden

ARGE FLORIAN NAGLER ARCHITEKTEN \ HERMANN KAUFMANN ZT GMBH 

Schmuttertal-Gymnasium, Diedorf (Schwaben)

BRENNE ARCHITEKTEN

Studentendorf Schlachtensee, Berlin

FELDSCHNIEDERS + KISTER ARCHITEKTEN BDA
Übergangswohneinrichtung »Überseetor«, Bremen-Walle

FREIVOGEL MAYER ARCHITEKTEN

Generalsanierung und Aufstockung Wohnhochhaus, Pforzheim \ FINALIST
GEORG SCHEEL WETZEL ARCHITEKTEN
NS-Dokumentationszentrum München
GERSTMEIR INIC ARCHITEKTEN
Hinterhofhaus, München

GOLDHAMMER & KRATZENSTEIN ARCHITEKTEN

Trauerhalle Straßbessenbach

JESSENVOLLENWEIDER ARCHITEKTUR
Uhrenmanufaktur A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte\Sachsen
KADAWITTFELDARCHITEKTUR 

Grimmwelt, Kassel \ FINALIST
KRAUS SCHÖNBERG ARCHITECTS
Kinderkreisel Bredenbekkamp, Hamburg
LÖSER LOTT ARCHITEKTEN

Drachenhaus, Dresden-Niedersedlitz
NETZWERKARCHITEKTEN \ HEIKE KLUSSMANN

Wehrhahn-Linie, Düsseldorf
NKBAK

Temporäre Erweiterung der Europäischen Schule, Frankfurt am Main

PRAEGER RICHTER ARCHITEKTEN

Ausbauhaus, Berlin

ROEDIG . SCHOP ARCHITEKTEN
Wohnhaus mit Theater, Berlin
STAAB ARCHITEKTEN
Richard Wagner Museum, Bayreuth

STUDIO ANDREAS HELLER ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS 

Europäisches Hansemuseum Lübeck \ FINALIST
TKA THOMAS KRÖGER ARCHITEKTEN 

Landhaus in der Uckermark \ FINALIST
VON M ARCHITEKTEN
Kinder- und Familienzentrum, Ludwigsburg-Poppenweiler

WERK A ARCHITEKTUR
Atelierhaus am See, Friedrichswalde

Foreign projects

GRÜNTUCH ERNST ARCHITEKTEN

Deutsche Schule Madrid, Spanien

KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE
Centre de Santé et de Promotions Sociale, Laongo, Burkina Faso
LIN

PAQ – Wohngebäude, Paris, Frankreich

Herausgeber: © Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Schaumainkai 43, 14.11.2018