Best Architects Award 2011
The Best Architects Award pays tribute to the best architects in German-speaking countries. Since 2007, all architects and architectural firms that have completed projects at top levels of quality are request to submit their projects to the competition. An independent panel of judges, consisting of renowned architects, presents the Best Architects award in each of the five categories (apartment buildings, office and admin buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, other buildings and interiors).
Architects Nissen & Wentzlaff from Basel were given the Best Architects Award 11 for their design of the Laufen Forum.
Green Good Design Award 2010
The Good Design Award is one of the oldest design prizes in the world and has been acknowledging product excellence in the industrial, product and graphical design sectors for 60 years. The Green Good Design Award pays particular tribute to sustainability and environmental friendliness in design and architecture. Like the Good Design Award, it is bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum, the Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies (Dublin/Athens) – for the second time in 2010.
Keramik Laufen received its Green Good Design Award for its innovative and sustainable exhibition and visitor centre. Covering 21,325 square metres, the building which is suitable for disabled access, houses the product showroom, as well as rooms for exhibitions, presentations, training and trying out baths. The well-insulated building is heated via thermo-active ceilings (thermo-active building system TABS) while controlled ambient ventilation of the windowless building ensures a resource-saving and reliable basic form of air conditioning, when required.
Award for Marketing + Architecture 2010
The Laufen Forum exhibition and visitor centre impressed the judges of Award for Marketing + Architecture. LAUFEN Forum won the prize in the “Office and business premises, industrial and commercial buildings” category. Of the 85 projects submitted, 26 were nominated, five of which were in category A “Office and business premises, industrial and commercial buildings”.
The Award for Marketing + Architecture acknowledges people and companies who, in exemplary fashion, have planned and built properties in Switzerland based on the principles of high quality corporate architecture (CA). Properties which clearly reflect the corporate philosophy, brand and market presentation, help create positive public awareness. As organiser Baukoma explains, the identity architecture creates is unique and generates a lasting competitive edge. And last but not least, creative buildings and spaces with a high degree of authenticity inspire not only employees, but customers and business associates as well. As a result, the criteria used to assess the properties submitted not only include technical, but also emotional elements. According to the judges, a good project sets itself apart when the building clearly reflects the context and its architecture embraces corporate identity. Therefore, the quality of the experience, material, colour and light concepts and the form of the building itself convey the marketing message as a link to the brand and company’s activities. And finally, the uniqueness of a property, paired with innovative content, subtly conveys the company’s image and market values. Completed in 2009, the Laufen Forum fully satisfies these criteria and suitably impressed the judges.