DAM PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE IN GERMANY 2011

The German Architecture Annual, which Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has been publishing for 30 years, provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary German architecture in and outside the country. For the fourth time we will be presenting all the buildings included in the Deutsches Architektur Annual in an exhibition, in the form of photographs and models. Both the architect and the developer of the prize-winning project will receive a miniature of O.M. Ungers’ “Building in a Building at the Architekturmuseum.

The 2011 DAM Prize for Architecture goes to the reconstruction of the East Wing of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin by Diener & Diener Architekten. The jury was unanimous in its decision to award the prize in recognition of this sensitive reconstruction and the innovative permanent exhibition it houses, which is open to the public.

Stating their reasons, the jury commended Diener & Diener for with their reconstruction having successfully created “a new classic approach to the existing architecture, similar to that which Hans Döllgast achieved 54 years ago with his reconstruction of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich”. In particular by using detailed concrete casts of existing layers of brickwork and fusing them seamlessly with the existing structure, they turned the building into “a puzzle of time and material. The essence of the lost old is poured into the new, which replaces it.” “It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but in a radical way the reconstruction appears subtle and in a subtle way radical. This is a building that gives the impression of coherence, without denying its historical wounds.”

The Swiss architecture studio Diener & Diener, based in Basle and Berlin, was founded in 1942 by Marcus Diener (September 24, 1918, Basle – August 2, 1999, Basle) and is today headed by his son Roger Diener. The client was Berlin’s Humboldt University. The reconstruction of the East Wing is not Diener & Diener’s first project for the museum of natural history; it renovated the large dinosaur hall and four other exhibition halls in 2007. Other of the studio’s commissions in recent years include the extension of the Swiss Embassy in Berlin in 2000.

The jury of curators, architects and architecture critics headed by Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), unanimously voted the reconstruction of the East Wing of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin the winner of this year’s DAM Prize from 23 nominated projects. The German Architecture Annual 2011-2, in which the winning project and all nominees will be presented, is being brought out by Prestel-Verlag, Munich to coincide with the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair. It is now available from book stores and at Deutsches Architekturmuseum.
The official award ceremony will take place on January 27, 2012 at the opening of the exhibition “DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany 2011. The 23 best projects in\from Germany”.

Herausgeber: © Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt a.M., Schaumainkai 43, 01.11.2014