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.
Deutsches Architekturmuseum awarded the prize at the opening of the exhibition “DAM Preis für Architektur in Deutschland 2010. Die 23 besten Projekte in/aus Deutschland” (2010 DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany. The 23 best projects in/from Germany) on January 28, 2011. The outstanding structure, designed by David Chipperfield Architects (Berlin) in collaboration with Julian Harrap (London) impressed the jury in particular with the sensitive manner in which it dealt with the damaged historical edifice and the high standard of cutting-edge design.
In the words of the jury: “Neues Museum by David Chipperfield Architects has set high new standards for the restoration of important structures.” With this reconstruction, the architects succeeded in creating “a powerful architectural dialectic between the damaged historical edifice and a forward-looking intervention. The beauty of this creative reconstruction lies in the respect for what history has instilled in the building. It is a structure of delicate scar tissue, of artistic seams that patch the manifold wounds of the past and bold cuts that define and clarify anew.”
The jury, which comprised 11 members – curators, architects, architecture journalists – and was chaired by Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum, selected the reconstruction of Neues Museum in Berlin from 23 nominated projects. The winner and nominees will be presented in the 2010/11 Deutsches Architektur Annual, which was published by Prestel in Munich in time for the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair. The British photographer Hélène Binet portrayed this outstanding building by David Chipperfield Architects (Berlin) especially for the Annual. The DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany was awarded in 2008 to the Kolumba Museum in Cologne (Peter Zumthor) and in 2009 to the company restaurant at Trumpf in Ditzingen.