DETAIL Prize 2012

DETAIL Prize 2012

The winners of the DETAIL Prize 2012 have been chosen: Architects from 45 countries submitted a total of 589 projects for the DETAIL Prize 2012. This is the fifth time that the contest, which aims to highlight impressive projects from around the world, has been held. Once the editorial team had carried out its initial selection, the top-class jury and 3,894 DETAIL readers chose their favourites: The jury selected the project Residence Vitznau by Lischer Partner Planer AG as their winner, while the Readers' Prize went to Portuguese architects' office Pitágoras for its project Platform of Arts and Creativity. On 22 November 2012, both projects will be honoured at the award ceremony at the Schlosshotel im Grunewald in Berlin.

Residence Vitznau by Lischer Partner (photograph by Roger Frei)

Platform of Arts and Creativity by Pitágoras (photograph by Pitágoras)

The DETAIL Prize 2012 also sought to identify impressive and architecturally-challenging projects with innovative features and a coherent overall concept. The editorial team had its work cut out analysing and evaluating the 589 entries. The top 25 projects were chosen and presented to the distinguished jury and readers.

The international jury, comprising David Chipperfield, Odile Decq, Norman Foster, Jürgen Mayer H., Richard Meier, Volker Staab and Graham Stirk, professionally evaluated the entries and chose the Residence Vitznau by Lischer Partner Architekten Planer AG as the winner of the DETAIL Prize 2012.

The nominated projects were presented on the DETAIL website for one month. Each reader could vote once online for their favourite project. A total of 3,894 architects and architecture-lovers voted for their favourite projects. The project Platform of Arts and Creativity by Pitágoras - Arquitectura e Engenharia Integradas, Lda, proved the readers' favourite and will therefore be awarded the DETAIL Readers' Prize.

The winners will be honoured at the exclusive award ceremony on 22 November 2012 in Berlin, where the winners will meet high-profile figures from the international architectural and cultural scenes as well as leading researchers, politicians and industrialists.

The DETAIL Prize highlights the importance of architecture for society and promotes the role of architects in public, as well as networking among architects, industrialists, developers and politicians. The Detail Prize is backed by the co-promoter, the world-leading BAU 2013 trade fair, and the main sponsor, Josef Gartner GmbH.

Nominated projects

You will find a detailed presentation of all nominated projects here:

Wind-dyed house, Yokosuka Kanagawa, Japan

acaa / Kazuhiko Kishimoto

Chapel in the woods, Pannonhalma, Hungary
CZITA Architects

adidas Laces, Herzogenaurach, Germany

Visitor Information Centre Messel Pit, Germany
landau + kindelbacher architekten – innenarchitekten GmbH

Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Great Britain
Zaha Hadid Architects

EFH Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Lischer Partner Architekten Planer AG

Vennesla library, Vennesla, Norway
Helen & Hard AS

Villa Vauban museum – museum of art of the city of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Diane Heirend & Philippe Schmit architects

Pädagogische Hochschule, Chur, Switzerland
Architekturbüro Horváth

Universitäts-Kinderspital beider Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Stump & Schibli Architekten BSA

Administrative Regional Center for the Development of local Alabaster, Hijar (Teruel), Spain
Magén arquitectos

Goethe-Institut, Santiago de Chile, Chile
FAR frohn&rojas

Kronenraumforschungsturm, Hornungstal bei Trippstadt, Germany
.pg1 architekten

Tramdepot Bern, Switzerland
Penzel Valier AG

Hip House, Zwolle, Netherlands
Atelier Kempe Thill

Temporary Dormitories for CDC Nursery School, Mae Sot, Thailand
Line Ramstad, Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier

Visitor centre Puez Geisler nature park and primary school in Villnöß, Italy
Burger Rudacs Architekten

Islamic cemetery Altach, Austria
Architekt DI Bernardo Bader

Heustadlsuite Taxhof, Bruck, Austria
meck architekten

Woodwalk Showroom, New Delhi, India
vir.mueller architects

Technical university of Munich – Building 0505, Munich, Germany
Hild und K Architekten

Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Max Dudler

1 Bligh Sydney, Sydney, Australia
ingenhoven architects

Platform of Arts and Creativity, Guimarães, Portugal
Pitágoras - Arquitectura e Engenharia Integradas, Lda


David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects, London/Belrin/Milan/Shanghai

Odile Decq, Odile Decq Benoit Cornette architectes urbanistes, Paris

Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, London/Abu Dhabi/Hong Kong/Madrid/New York

Jürgen Mayer H., Jürgen Mayer H. Architekten, Berlin

Richard Meier, Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP, New York/Los Angeles

Volker Staab, Staab Architekten GmbH, Berlin

Graham Stirk, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London/Madrid/Sydney/Shanghai