Access for All - Schindler Award 2010 announced
Three students from Bern's University of Applied Sciences have won 1st prize in the Schindler Award architecture competition, run by the elevator company Schindler.
The competition also awards schools' prizes, with 1st place going to Russia's Ufa State Petroleum Technological University. On the foto (f.l.t.r): Prof. Françoise-Hélène Jourda, PhD. Donat Akhmetshin, Dipl. Arch. Elena Donguzova, Milyausha Gabdrakhmanova, Prof. Ildar Sabitov, Mr Thomas Oetterli
The winning projects were announced on 14 January 2011, at a special Schindler Award ceremony at the KOSMOS in Berlin, Germany. They were selected from a total of 174 designs submitted by students or teams from schools of architecture across Europe (see full list of winners attached).
Taking top honors and prize money of € 5,000 were Simon Moser, Daniel Meier and Simon Peter Roesti for their project "link it". Second prize went to two architects from the University of Lund in Sweden, with a Russian team from Ufa State Petroleum Technological University (USPTU) taking third. The Russian team's professors were on hand to collect the 1st Schools' Prize, a research grant of € 25,000, in recognition of the architecture faculty's support for the Schindler Award, and for integrating the topic of accessibility into its curriculum. Second and 3rd schools' prizes went to the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany and the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
The president of the jury, Professor Françoise-Hélène Jourda, praised the quality of the designs submitted, describing them as "seriously minded" – rather than "utopian", as is often the case in architectural competitions. She added that, from a technical standpoint, all of the designs could have been realized immediately.
Participants in the 2010 competition were challenged to transform an area of Berlin's Olympic grounds – once used as a propaganda stage by the Nazis - into an inclusive environment, accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities. As well as redesigning the site into an attractive, functional and fully accessible sport and leisure complex, students had to design a 150-room hotel for the site.
The Schindler Award is an architecture competition that challenges young architects to place "Access for All" at the center of their design philosophy. Open to students and schools of architecture in Europe, the Award recognizes urban designs that are characterized by inclusiveness and barrier-free mobility for people of all ages and capabilities. The competition is held under the patronage of the Schindler Group, and is an opportunity for graduating architects to have their designs judged by a professional jury.