Through this biannual award, leading brick and paver manufacturer Wienerberger recognises outstanding international examples of modern brick architecture
Due to be presented in Vienna in early May, the Wienerberger Brick Award is now in its fifth cycle. The award has five categories, and judging criteria include innovative exterior design and skilful use of brick, together with functionality, sustainability and energy efficiency. This year’s winners will be assessed by a jury consisting of architects Plamen Bratkov (Bulgaria), Rudolf Finsterwalder (Germany), Hrvoje Hrabak (Croatia),John Foldbjerg Lassen (Denmark) and Zhang Lei (China).
Examples of globally outstanding buildings using clay products were submitted by international architecture critics and journalists. The worldwide research conducted by these architecture ‘scouts’ helped Wienerberger to identify brick buildings designed to make a lasting impression. Projects range from building with standard wall and facade bricks, to the creative use of roof tiles and clay pavers. Special attention is paid to how the building blends into its surroundings as well as to the form, aesthetics and general quality of the architecture.
The prize has been awarded every two years since 2004 and the 2012 Gala will take place in Vienna City Hall on 3 May. A total of 50 projects from 28 countries and five continents have been nominated for this year’s award, which is endowed with a total of €27,000 in prize money. An accompanying book Brick 12, published by Callwey, will feature all the nominated and award-winning projects.
‘With the Wienerberger Brick Award, we want to cast a spotlight on how innovative and versatile brick can be when used as a construction material in architecture today,’ says Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger. ‘Especially in contemporary, forward-looking architecture, the choice of material plays an increasingly important role. Brick is not just timeless and innovative, it also is a durable and environmentally-friendly material that makes an important contribution to energy-efficient building.’
With 232 plants in 27 countries, Wienerberger is the world’s largest brick producer and the largest roof tile manufacturer in Europe, as well as market leader in concrete pavers in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1819, the publicly listed company employs some 12,000 people worldwide.