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IBS Award 2008: And The Winner Is ...

The 1st prize of the IBS Award goes to Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzog, Herzog + Partner, Architects BDA, Munich, for the project BUILDING SYSTEM FOR SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN HOT CLIMATES. The next three winning offices, Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna, Italy, for the project SIEEB Building Beijing, KPMB Architects, Toronto, Canada, for the project Manitoba Hydro Corporate Head Office Winnipeg, and Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago, USA, for the project R. J. Klarchek Information Commons, Loyola University, Chicago, each receive Special Recognition.

The IBS – International Building Skin-tech Award presented for the first time by fensterbau/frontale, Nürnberg, in cooperation with the magazine xia intelligente architektur / xia international pays tribute to pioneering facade solutions of a high design standard that have been planned and/or implemented using innovative technologies. The prize money of 10,000 euros is divided between the winners as follows: the 1st prize receives 7,000 euros and the "Special Recognitions" 1,000 euros each.

The competition covered the following regions: European countries (except Germany), Eastern Europe/Russia, China, USA and Middle East. The determining factor was the location of the building projects, not where the architects come from. Entries were possible in two categories: Category 1 for implemented projects and Category 2 for planned projects. 19 offices from Europe, Asia and the USA submitted altogether 25 projects for judging.

The following offices entered projects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle, USA, Estudio FAM, Madrid, E, Fake Design, Beijing, PRC, Gerber Architekten International, Dortmund, D, gmp Architekten, Hamburg, D, Hascher Jehle Architektur, Berlin, D, Herzog + Partner, Munich, D, Kengo Kuma, Tokyo, JP, KohlmayerOberst Architekten, Stuttgart, D, KPMB Architects, Toronto, CAN, Lang Hugger Rampp Architekten, Munich, D, lee + mundwiler architects, Santa Monica, USA.

Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna, I, Morphosis, Los Angeles, USA, nps tchoban voss Architects BDA, Berlin, D, Paul de Ruiter b.v., Amsterdam, NL, Sergej Skuratov, Moscow, RU, Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates, Chicago, USA, SOM, London, UK, An international jury of five experts determined the winners.

Jury members: Prof. Toshiko Mori, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Prof. Anne Grete Hestnes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Prof. Volker Hartkopf, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Prof. Ulrich Knaack, TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands, Prof. Merritt Bucholz, University of Limerick, Ireland.

The international competition for the IBS Award strengthens fensterbau/frontale's competence as exhibition for the whole field of pioneering facades. The participation of top architects from all over the world confirms this aim and the interest in the Nürnberg exhibition venue.

IBS Congress
Besides the above-mentioned aims of the competition, the IBS Award serves as preparation for the IBS Congress, the international congress on facades planned as part of fensterbau/frontale 2010 in Nürnberg.

In view of global climate warming, the issue of building skins and facades is increasingly the focus of attention. The efficiency of the facade design, material and technology influences all the other technical components of a building. Through the integration of ventilation, air conditioning and information technology systems, for example, the facade becomes a hybrid and multifunctional component that ultimately has a marked technological and aesthetic impact.

Future-orientated facade technology requires interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists, architects, planners, manufacturers and users. The IBS Congress is to offer an international platform for this dialogue.



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