A record 600 projects from 55 different countries have been submitted for the Wienergerger Brick Award 2016, a biannual architecture award presented to outstanding examples of modern and innovative brick architecture.
A panel of architecture critics selected 50 projects shortlisted for the award in one of the five categories: Residential Use, Public Use, Re-Use, Urban Infill and Special Solution.
Among the 2016 shortlisted projects are Renato Rizzi's Gdansk Theatre; Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture's Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses; baumschlager eberele's office building 2226; O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects' LSE Saw Hock Student Centre; and Kavakava's University of Tartu Narva.
From this shortlist an international jury of architects selects the winners in the single categories. Assessment criteria include innovative exterior design and skilful use of brick as a material along with functionality, sustainability and energy efficiency.
Possible applications range from building solutions with classic clay building blocks and facing bricks to the creative use of ceramic façade panels, roof tiles and clay pavers. Special attention is directed to how the building blends in with the surroundings as well as to the form, aesthetics and general quality of the architecture. The use of Wienerberger products is not a necessary condition of participation.
The jury of internationally renowned architects comprises Laura Andreini, Archea Associati, Italy; Johan Anrys, 51N4E, Belgium; Matija Bevk, bevk perovic arhitekti, Slovenia; and Alfred Munkenbeck, Munkenbeck + Partners, UK.
The award is endowed with prize money of €7,000 for the Grand Prize Winner and €5,000 for the Category Winners. The official Brick Award ceremony and press conference, where the winners will be announced, will take place in Vienna on the 19 May 2016, combined with an architecture symposium.
Follow @architectum and Inspiration by Wienerberger, where the winners will be communicated in real-time. The full shortlist can be viewed on www.brickaward.com.