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Berlin Award 2016; Photo: Alexander Palm / Getty Images
Photo: Alexander Palm / Getty Images

Berlin Award 2016 - Heimat in der Fremde

Awards ceremony


On the evening of 15 June 2016, approximately 100 guests took part in the awards ceremony for the Berlin Award 2016 Heimat in der Fremde in the Zollgarage in Berlin-Tempelhof. An interdisciplinarily composed jury chaired by Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher awarded prizes to seven of the 150 contributions from 13 countries. Jury members Donatella Fioretti (Berlin architect), Jörg Friedrich (Hamburg architect) and Cagla Ilk (Berlin architect) took turns delivering the laudations to the prizewinners.


Six of the seven prizewinning teams had come to Berlin to accept the prizes for their projects in person. Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher had a special surprise for them. She presented them with an especially manufactured enamel plate bearing the Berlin Award logo and cushions adorned with Berlin motifs created by a local start-up company. The journalist Lucia Brauburger moderated the event.

The prizes were awarded in two categories.

The following projects received a prize for short-term accommodation:

  • Hof.Haus
    Name of office: 4mal4 design, Hannover
    Authors: Paul Eichholtz, Fabian Wieczorek, Alisa Klauenberg, Tobias Hasselder
    Contractor / Institute / Operator: Institut für Entwerfen und Gebäudelehre, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Magdas Hotel, Vienna
    Büroname: AllesWirdGut Architektur ZT GmbH, Vienna
    Authors: Andreas Marth, Friedrich Passler, Herwig Spiegl, Christian Waldner
    Collaborators: Johanna Aufner, Andrea Zuniga Espinoza, Simon Höbel, Gerhard Höllmüller
    Contractor / Institute / Operator: Caritas Archdiocese Vienna
  • Sofortprogramm Leichtbauhallen, Munich
    Name of office: günther & schabert architekten, Munich
    Authors: Jan Schabert
    Collaborators: Markus Borst, Ulrich Panick
    Contractor / Institute / Operator: State capital of Munich, Communal Unit represented by Building Unit Surface Construction 2


The following projects received a prize in the housing project category:

  • New building – on Königsberger Straße and Aleppoer Weg, Hamburg
    Name of office: BeL Sozietät für Architektur, Cologne
    Authors: Prof. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt, Prof. Jörg Leeser
    Collaborators: Christiane Schmidt, Matthias Hoffmann, Wolfgang Zeh
    Contractor / Institute / Operator: Primus Developments GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
  • Haus der Statistik, Berlin
    Name of office: raumlabor berlin, Berlin
    Authors: Andrea Hofmann, Christof Mayer, Frauke Gerstenberg, Markus Bader
    Contractor / Institute / Operator / Initiator: Allianz bedrohter Berliner Atelierhäuser - AbBA
    Founders: Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik-ZK/U; Atelierbauftragter Berlin, bbk Kulturwerk; Initiative Stadt Neudenken; Martinswerk e.V.; Belius Stiftung; Stiftung Zukunft Berlin; Schlesische 27; ARRIVO Berlin; CUCULA e.V.; Gyalpa e.V.
  • Dwellings for refugees and homeless people, Ostfildern
    Name of office: u3ba Arge camilo hernandez, urban 3 + Harald Baumann, baumannarchitects, Stuttgart
    Authors: Camilo Hernandez, Harald Baumann
    Collaborators: Nataly Granados, Andrea Baumann
    Contractor / Institute / Operator: Sanierungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Ostfildern mbH, City of Ostfildern
  • SMAQ MAX! Vienna
    Name of office: SMAQ GmbH
    ARTEC Architekten - Wimmer und Partner - raum & kommunikation, Vienna
    Authors: Artec Architekten - Wimmer und Partner - raum & kommunikation
    Collaborators: Johannes Giselbrecht, Andreas Gabriel, Wilfried Kraminer
    Contractor / Institute / Operator: BWS – Gemeinnützige, allgemeine Bau-, Wohn- und Siedlungsgenossenschaft, Vienna


The needs of the residents and the usability and functionality of the accommodations were at the centre of the jury’s deliberations. The most convincing concepts and constructions were those that, without great constructive complexity, allowed residents to live together as a community while also providing privacy and at the same time used simple architectural means to create identity. Other important criteria were outdoor spaces capable of promoting communication between refugees and citizens along with aspects of cost effectiveness and flexible possibilities of subsequent and alternative use.

Up to the deadline of 28 April 2016, projects were submitted by architects, planners, owner-builders, project developers, community initiatives, institutes and operators to the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment. All submitted projects stressed the need for solutions which go beyond conventional approaches. The wide range of ideas and strategies offered by the participants will help cities and towns meet the architectural challenge posed by refugee accommodation.

The Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main (DAM) is exhibiting all 150 Berlin Award 2016 contributions as a collection of sources in the German Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice from 28 May to 27 November 2016.
Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher with one of the prizewinning teams (Team SMAQ MAX!, Vienna).
Senate Building Director Regula Lüscher with one of the prizewinning teams (Team SMAQ MAX!, Vienna).

Refugees in two Berlin refugee accommodations describe their living conditions in film director Myrna Maakaron’s documentary.
Refugees in two Berlin refugee accommodations describe their living conditions in film director Myrna Maakaron’s documentary.

Approximately 100 guests took part in the awards ceremony and were able to see an exhibition with all 150 projects.
Approximately 100 guests took part in the awards ceremony and were able to see an exhibition with all 150 projects.

The members of the jury at the awards ceremony: (from left) Regula Lüscher, Donatella Fioretti, Jörg Friedrich and Cagla Ilk.
The members of the jury at the awards ceremony: (from left) Regula Lüscher, Donatella Fioretti, Jörg Friedrich and Cagla Ilk.

In recognition of their projects, the prizewinners received enamel plates with the Berlin Award 2016 logo.
In recognition of their projects, the prizewinners received enamel plates with the Berlin Award 2016 logo.

Cushions with Berlin motifs as a symbol of home and a gift for the prizewinners.
Cushions with Berlin motifs as a symbol of home and a gift for the prizewinners.

The journalist Lucia Brauburger moderated the awards ceremony.
The journalist Lucia Brauburger moderated the awards ceremony.