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 winner of the DAM Award for Architecture in Germany in 2012 is Max Dudler for his conversion and expansion of Hambacher Schloss nr. Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. The new build restaurant next to Hambacher Schloss is based on a structureal type that features thick walls and seeks to continue the line of the historical defensive ring walls. For Dudler the thick walls are the most ecological and economic form of building, as the original substance is preserved and all you need do is repair it now and again down through the centuries. The new lane that has arisen between the length of the new building and the ring walls is consistent with Dudler’s concept of the European city and plaza design. As part of the conversion work, the historical strata in the existing buildings were exposed and in this way Dudler “gives the site, which is so steeped in European history, a spatial protective coat that forms a subtle frame and also strongly buttresses it, not only continuing the history but also first rendering it legible.”

Roger Diener, winner of last year’s DAM Award, praises the project for being “neither uncompromisingly oriented to the here and now, nor discretely restrained, and in this way Max Dudler has developed a formal repertoire that remains closely tied to the autonomous vigor of his architecture and yet is so flexible as to support the Schloss.”

Max Dudler was included in the 2010 Deutsches Architektur Jahrbuch – with his project for the Jakob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm Center, the Library at Humboldt University, Berlin and was also among the final shortlist for the award. Since 1992 Dudler has had his own company, with branches in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main and Zurich. His Visitors Center at Heidelberger Schloss continues the typology of the thick walls.

The jury of curators, architects and architectural critics, chaired by Roger Diener of Diener & Diener Architekten (Basel, Berlin), unanimously chose the conversion and expansion of Hambacher Schloss from among 22 projects as the winner of this year’s DAM Award. Deutsches Architektur Jahrbuch 2012-13, which presents the winning project and 21 other buildings that were shortlisted from the total of some 100 nominated submissions, will be published in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 by Prestel-Verlag, Munich and is now available from bookstores and at Deutsches Architekturmuseum.

The official awards ceremony will take place on January 25, 2013 as part of the opening event for the exhibition “DAM Award for Architecture in Germany2012. The top 22 projects in\from Germany”.

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