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Winners of Brick Award 14 Announced

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On May 8, 2014, Wienerberger awarded the winners of International Architecture Award “Brick Award 14”, for the sixth time since 2004. Spotlight of the Award is a brick in modern architecture. Fourteen architectural critics and journalists from around the world nominated more than 300 projects from 26 countries to participate in the Wienerberger Brick Award 14. 50 of them were shortlisted. Candidates for the award were manifold: from brightly lit buildings of ceramic blocks, funny brick facades to exceptional tiled roofs.

Wienerberger Announced Winners of Brick Award 14

“Kantana Film and Animation Institute in Nakhon Pathom” in Thailand

“Kantana Film and Animation Institute in Nakhon Pathom” project in Thailand

Jurors identified five winners in their respective categories and one winner of the Super Prize. In addition, Wienerberger has established two special prizes. The awards with the total prize fund of 32,000 euros were awarded on May 8, 2014 in Architectural center of Vienna.

Super Prize Winner

This year the Super prize was received by a project “Kantana Film and Animation Institute in Nakhon Pathom” in Thailand. In this project, brick carries not only a decorative role, but also is crucial for the entire building structure. Kantana Film and Animation Institute in Nakhon Pathom also won in the category “Special solutions”. The building was designed by Bangkok Project Studio and built of more than 600,000 hand-molded bricks obtained from the last brick producing village in Thailand. Unemployed people were trained to perform construction work. This fact gives the project a special social component.

Winner in the “Private Accommodation” category

A house, reflecting a self-sufficient lifestyle, became the winner in the category “Private Accommodation”. In the Chinese province of Shaanxi, John Lin built a “House for All Seasons”, using traditional materials such as clay bricks. Patios connect kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedrooms with each other, while the roof is used for drying meat and rainwater harvesting.

Winner in the “Public Buildings” category

In the “Public Buildings” category the winner became the project ” Peter and Gudrun Selinka Art Collection” created by Ragnarsdóttir Lederer. Windows on the facade of the museum are located only in a few special places. Bricks were taken from the nearby monastery.

Winner in the “New life of old public buildings” category

“Buda Art Center” in Kortrijk, Belgium won in this category. A former plant on tissue staining on the Buda island was transformed by the Studio 51N4E into the place for cultural events. Existing brick surfaces have been cleaned and restored, wood and concrete columns have been replaced. The yellow brick with its almost velvety appearance looks especially striking.

Winner in the “Urban fill” category

“Cooking School” is located in the former slaughterhouse near Cadiz in Spain. It is a project of Sol89. Bright white walls meet local building traditions, and special ceramic tiles ensure hygiene and prevent slipping in the kitchen.

Wienerberger’s Special Prize

Wienerberger’s Special Prize, which again was handed this year, was received by two building projects using products of Wienerberger: “House of Light” in Pula, Croatia (by Andria Roussanne) and “Paasitorni Hotel & Conference Center” in Helsinki (authors: K2S Architects).

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