Since 1980 the Annual brought out by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum assesses the best buildings of the respective year, and has long established itself as an indispensable reference work and a guide of the current German architecture scene. However, two new aspects should be mentioned: all the buildings presented in the Annual are also presented in an exhibition, and the outstanding achievement of one architect is being recognized through the bestowal of the “DAM Award for Architecture in Germany“. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum is bestowing this award for the second time on 16 January 2009; the media conference will take place on 15 January 11 a.m.

This year the “DAM Award for Architecture in Germany“ goes to Kolumba, the Cologne Archbishopric’s Art Museum. Designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor the building has been portrayed anew especially for the Annual by architecture photographer Hélène Binet, London. There is no award money attached to the “DAM Award for Architecture in Germany“. In recognition of their service to building culture, both the architect and client receive a certificate and a statuette, which represents the “house within a house“, the central idea of Ungers’ museum architecture - as a miniature.

The Kolumba Museum is one of 24 buildings short-listed by a jury of experts for the DAM Annual from a total of 90 current projects. Of these 22 buildings were realized in Germany, some by German architect’s offices, some by international architects such as David Chipperfield (London), Coop Himmelb(l)au (Vienna) or Peter Zumthor (Switzerland), who is the only architect to feature in the Annual with a second project, the Brother Claus Field Chapel in Wachendorf near Euskirchen.

Alongside the 22 outstanding examples of contemporary architecture in Germany, two projects are included in the Annual and exhibition realized outside Germany by architect’s offices based in Germany. This year the conversion of a submarine bunkers by LIN - Finn Geipel + Giulia Andi (Berlin) in St. Nazaire, France, and an experimental house in Santiago de Chile by FAR Frohn & Rojas (Cologne) were honoured.

The 24 projects in the Yearbook cover a broad spectrum of architectural assignments. This year there is a strikingly large number of conversions and modernizations. More than half the projects stand for the increasingly important topic “building in existing buildings“. The fact that the winning project Kolumba likewise belongs to this category underscores once again the growing importance of this area of architecture. The new buildings included in the Annual include such unusual projects as the Munich BMW World by Coop Himmelb(l)au and the new ski jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen by Terrain: Loenhart & Mayr. The richly illustrated DAM Annual will be published by Prestel-Publishers on December 15, 2008. It sells for EUR 39.95 in bookstores and EUR 29.95 from the DAM ticket desk. The 24 short-listed projects are:
  • Peter Zumthor: Kolumba, Art Museum of the Cologne Archbishopric
  • Anderhalten Architekten: Art Museum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus
  • Barkow Leibinger Architekten: Main gate for a company site, Ditzingen
  • Bayer Uhrig Architekten: Houses for American living??, Rodenbach
  • Behnisch Architekten: House within a house, Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg
  • Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten: Municipal Library in Ebracher Hof, Schweinfurt
  • Coop Himmelb(l)au: BMW World, Munich
  • David Chipperfield Architects: Am Kupfergraben 10, Berlin
  • Hild und K Architekten: Seminar and Training Center, Academy Schloss Hohenkammer, Hohenkammer near Munich
  • Kaden + Klingbeil Architekten: residential house E3, Berlin
  • Knerer und Lang, Partnerschaft von Architekten: Modernization of the houses in Prager Straße, Dresden
  • Kühn Malvezzi Architects: Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf
  • Opus Architekten: opushouse, Darmstadt
  • Muck Petzet Architekten: Lausitz-Tower, Hoyerswerda
  • Realarchitektur: Residential house/ Boros collection (modernization of a ground-level bunker), Berlin
  • Springer Architekten: Museum Luther-Geburtshaus, Eisleben
  • Helge Sypereck: Domschatz (Cathedral Treasury Museum) Halberstadt , Halberstadt
  • Terrain: Loenhart & Mayr Architekten und Landschaftsarchitekten: Olympic ski jump Garmisch Partenkirchen
  • Prof. O. M. Ungers, architect: entrée area Kaiserthermen, Trier
  • Weis & Volkmann Architektur: Martinszentrum Bernburg, Bernburg/Saale
  • Zanderroth Architekten: extension to primary school in Schulzendorf near Berlin
  • Peter Zumthor: Brother Claus Field Chapel, Wachendorf
German architecture exports:
  • FAR Frohn & Rojas: Wall House, Santiago de Chile
  • LIN Finn Geipel Giulia Andi Architects Urbanists: Alvéole 14 - transformation of a submarine bunker, Saint-Nazaire, France
Herausgeber: © Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Schaumainkai 43, 22.04.2019