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We present the 13 projects nominated for the DETAIL Readers’ Prize 2020.


Vote for your favorite project until 30 October 2020.

01 | Helsinki Central Library Oodi (Finland)

ALA Architekcts Ltd.

The Oodi Library consists almost entirely of public spaces. The building is a highly functional addition to local urban life. It offers a technically and spatially flexible platform for the library operations and acts as the citizens' living room. The key concept of the design is the interplay between the three floors created by the building's bridge-like structure: an active, constantly updated ground floor; a serene top floor; and an enclosed in-between volume containing the urban workshop.

02 | People’s Pavilion (Netherlands)
bureau SLA & Overtreders W

People's Pavilion was a design statement of the new circular economy, a 100% circular building where no materials were lost in construction. We accomplished this with a radical new approach: all of the materials are borrowed. And to be clear all of the materials were returned completely unharmed - with one exception. The striking colored tiles that made up the upper facade, made from plastic household waste collected by residents, were distributed among them at the end.

03 | Wohnregal, Berlin
FAR frohn&rojas

“Wohnregal” houses life/work ateliers. It is based on pre-cast concrete elements common in industrial construction and bridges two challenges of the housing market: its serial construction technique maximizes cost and time savings. At the same time it counters preconceptions that this seriality automatically implies a standardization of the habitable unit itself. The long-span TT-ceilings instead enable a maximum variety of life/work ateliers for an ever-broadening scope of urban lifestyles.

04 | The Twist, Jevnaker (Norway)
BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The Twist is a hybrid spanning several categories: museum, bridge and inhabitable sculpture. As a bridge, it reconfigures the park, turning the journey into a continuous loop. As a museum, it connects two distinct spaces: an introverted vertical gallery and an extroverted horizontal gallery with panoramic views. A third space is created through the blatant translation between these two galleries, creating the namesake twist. The resultant form is another sculpture among sculptures.

05 | Kirchenzentrum Seliger Pater Rupert Mayer, Poing bei München
meck architekten gmbh

As a solitary building, the new church acts as a capstone in the city-planning-complicated situation. The flowing roof landscape rises above a massive foundation. The white crown and the stone base and wall foundation represent the idea of heaven and earth, of transcendence and immanence, and this contrast is emphasized in the church interior. With its seemingly Baroque light, the room's undulating ceiling structure is supported by a spatial cross.

06 | Thapar University Learning Laboratory // Lernlabor der Universität Thapar, Patiala (India)
McCullough Mulvin Architects

The Learning Laboratory provides a geography for educational exploration. There are places to meet everywhere; the internal spaces are like city squares - each different: the library contemplative, the lecture theatres dynamic, the science building like a civic square. They combine social and sustainable strategies. This is expansive, generous building, about communality, about varied circulation through dynamic routes, extending social interchange through all spaces, like a small city.

07 | Hotel Bauhofstrasse, Ludwigsburg
VON M, Matthias Siegert, Prof. Dennis Mueller

Hotel Bauhofstrasse is a consistent sustainable building with eyes on the future. Due to sensitive urban integration next to historic buildings the hotel contributes to the revitalization of the surrounding district. By choosing the trendsetting construction principle of wooden room modules it sets standards regarding ecology, efficiency, construction period and quality. The modules were produced in Austria, transported to Ludwigsburg and installed on site within five working days.

08 | Haus D // 6, Oberberg
Aretz Dürr Architektur

In its typology, the building follows the traditional nave. The main rooms take up the entire width and are lined up lengthwise. The massive base lifts the living rooms slightly above the grown hillside terrain. Large sliding doors open the room to nature. The mixture of steel and wooden skeleton creates lightness and openness. The gable roof accommodates the bedrooms and forms a Veranda on both long sides with an east and west orientation.

09 | adidas World of Sports ARENA, Herzogenaurach
Behnisch Architekten

The adidas ARENA forms a distinctive landmark on the adidas World of Sports campus in Herzogenaurach. The new office and reception building marks the campus’s main entrance, welcoming visitors and lending it a strong visual identity. The ARENA’s architecture is both functional and expressive, its sculptural shape emphasizing the passion for sports that adidas represents. A floor area of 52,000 square meters provides nearly 2,000 employees with modern workspace organized on flexible principles.

10 | Alpin Sport Zentrum, Schruns (Austria)
bernardo bader architekten

Sometimes I shut my eyes at a specific landscape and listen melodies, tonal surfaces of history. That is how I feel as I reach the stone building. Unexpected. It creates space around itself, has an ordering effect, attracts attention. An untypical office building that produces unique spatial characteristics and variations going beyond homogeneity. Its design sounds have significance and stretch out towards the dry walls that outline the Montafon meadows and the rural references around.

11 | Tipperne Tower - Tipperne Bird Sanctuary, Ringkøbing Fjord (Denmark)
Johansen Skovsted Arkitekter

To achieve a minimal footprint, the tower is constructed in an airy steel construction of gradually expanding segments. Vertical, cylindrical iron bars span between the flat iron plates, defining the tower’s boundaries and taking compression forces. Diagonal iron bars transfer tensile forces and act as handrails. Thus, all building elements play a part in the overall structure, constituting a joint whole where space and construction, detail and building, are one and the same.

12 | Karen Blixens Plads, Kopenhagen (Denmark)

Karen Blixens Plads is an urban space at Copenhagen University. The plaza is connected to the neighboring commons through a gradual transition, making Karen Blixens Plads a hybrid of park and public square, organized as an undulating landscape of hills and valleys with room for 2,000 parked bicycles inside the hills. It brings together the university's need for meeting places and bicycle parking with the open landscape, promoting green transportation, climate change adaptation and biodiversity.

13 | Wydzia_ Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kie_lowskiego, Katowice (Poland)
 BAAS Arquitectura, Grupa 5 Architekci, MALECCY biuro projektowe

The authors' intention was not to build an iconic building, but to supplement a part of the city. The old traditional silesian building was preserved on the plot and integrated with the new WRiTV building. The façade was made of hundreds of openwork ceramic fittings, which is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Silesian building. The patio adjacent to the yards and outbuildings of old tenements gives these spaces a public character and emphasizes their accessibility.

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