The 2020 edition of the Bauhärepräis, the Luxembourg award for outstanding building projects, is currently in full swing. The commissioners of some 257 real estate projects in Luxembourg are competing in nine categories and for six special prizes. The jury has yet to decide on the winners, but in the meantime you can check out the participants and admire Luxembourg's expertise, creativity and innovation on the Bauhärepräis website and at the pop-up exhibition. The results will be announced on 21 September.
Breathtaking building projects
Every edition of the Bauhärepräis serves as a showcase for the extensive know-how and creativity of Luxembourg's architects and project owners.
Projects are submitted by the project owners themselves to the jury, whose members include eminent architects and consulting engineers. The only requirement is that the project must have a link with Luxembourg, either because it is based in the country or because it was commissioned by a Luxembourger. The line-up includes buildings that are well known in Luxembourg for their elegance and innovation, as well as private homes that often prove to be real hidden gems.
The competition features a broad array of styles, from renovated period properties to ultra-modern apartment blocks and infrastructure projects.
The Luxembourg railway station - one of the gates to the country
The Luxembourg Train Station is one of the winners of the Bauhärepräis 2016, an example of the innovative spirit of Luxembourg's architects and consulting engineers that everyone can see. Let's discover some of the winner of the last edition.
The 'House of Knowledge'
The Maison du Savoir of the university in Esch-Belval is another example of a building that marks an entire neighbourhood.
Old renovated farmhouse
Luxembourg's architectural heritage creates many opportunities for symbioses between old and new, such as this renovated farmhouse.
The forest crèche in Betzdorf
Apropos symbiosis: this crèche in Betzdorf, located in a forest, rightly convinced the judges.
1on1: contemporary functional architecture
In the city, it is necessary to find innovative solutions to the lack of space - like here the 1on1 project with the superimposition of several volumes.
High quality collective housing
As collective housing becomes more popular in Luxembourg, it is ever more important to create attractive housing solutions, such as this ensemble.
The Wenzel Circuit combines historic and architectural heritage
Discover Luxembourg's Unesco World Heritage Site on the Wenzel Circuit. A part of this circular route was also awarded the Bauhärepräis 2016.
The 257 candidates
Would you like to find out more about the candidates for the 2020 edition of the Bauhärepräis? Visit the PopUp exhibition and discover the know-how of Luxembourg architects, consulting engineers and building owners.
The former Hôtel des Postes is a perfect backdrop
The exhibition takes place in the former Hôtel des Postes in the city centre.
The nine prize categories cover a wide range of construction projects:
- Single-family homes;
- Apartment buildings;
- Interior refurbishments;
- Buildings used for commercial, trade or industrial purposes;
- Buildings used for administrative, professional or health purposes;
- Buildings used for education, culture or sport;
- Engineering and infrastructure projects;
- Land development, urban projects and landscaping;
- Technical, energy or other facilities.
While each building's use determines which category it is entered into, there are also six jury prizes for projects that demonstrate excellence in innovation:
- The Special Prize for Audacity;
- The Special Prize for Heritage;
- The Special Prize for Energy Efficiency;
- The Special Prize for New Types of Housing;
- The Special Prize for Accessibility;
- The Special Jury Prize, awarded to one project out of the 257 entries.
From 7 July to 5 October, all 257 projects will be featured in an exhibition in the former Hôtel des Postes. The exhibition is free of charge.
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday and Friday: 12 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bauhärepräis, run by the Ordre des architectes et des ingénieurs-conseils (OAI, an industry association for architects and consulting engineers), has been awarded every four years since 2000. The award recognises the best building projects completed in the four years since the previous prize.