Hof 8, Weikersheim (Architekturbüro Klärle, Bad Mergentheim)
Aktiv-Stadthaus, Frankfurt (HHS Planer + Architekten, Kassel; EGS-plan, Stuttgart)
Copenhagen International School, Nordhavn (C.F. Moeller Architects, Kopenhagen; Ejendomsfonden Copenhagen International School)
Wohnhaus Schneller Bader, Tamins (Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, Chur)
Stall B., Schruns (Bernhard Breuer, Tschagguns)
Effizienzhaus Plus im Altbau, Neu-Ulm (o5 Architekten, Frankfurt)
Grosspeter Tower, Basel (Burckhardt+Partner, Basel; Planeco, Münchenstein)
Katholische Propsteikirche St. Trinitatis, Leipzig (Schulz und Schulz Architekten, Leipzig)
Omicron, Klaus (Dietrich Untertrifaller Architekten, Bregenz; Sunovation, Elsenfeld)
Rathaus im Stühlinger, Freiburg (Ingenhoven Architects, Düsseldorf; a2-solar, Erfurt)
NEW Blauhaus, Mönchengladbach (Kadawittfeldarchitektur, Aachen)
Kirche und Gemeidezentrum Rif-Taxach, Hallein (Architekt Walter Klasz, St. Sigmund)
EnergieHausPlus Riedberg, Frankfurt (HHS Planer + Architekten, Kassel; EGS-plan, Stuttgart; Nassauische Heimstätte, Frankfurt)
FKI Tower, Seoul (Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago)
Sto Empfangs- und Bürogebäude, Stühlingen (Sto, Stühlingen)
Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2017
Results of the competition
With its award, the Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy honours outstanding contributions to the planning and design of building-integrated solar systems and raises public awareness about exemplary solutions with high-quality
The number of participants and the quality of the projects entering the competition, which has been held for the seventh time since 2000, are testimony to the continuing topicality of the theme.
134 projects from 26 countries were initially registered for the 2017 Architecture Award. 119 projects were presented to the jury that actually entered the competition and fulfilled the competition criteria. A closer examination of the entries reveals
that only a third come from Germany. Owing to the high proportion of entries from Switzerland and Austria, the German-speaking region nevertheless makes up roughly 77 per cent. However, a gratifying aspect is the growing number of participants from
non-German-speaking countries, especially from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, which shows that the competition continues to gain international recognition.
Of the 119 approved projects, two entries were evaluated in the „Student Work Award“ category. No student prize was awarded after reviewing and discussing these schemes.
A total of 117 schemes were evaluated in the „2017 Architectural Award for Building-integrated Solar Technology“ competition. Within these projects, housing construction continues to account for the largest share with 43 per cent, whereby a
good 60 per cent were for detached and semi-detached homes. However, there continues to be a clear increase in projects in the non-residential sector.
The other building types mainly comprise office (21 per cent), educational (9 per cent), event (8 per cent) and industrial/commercial buildings (6 per cent). The vast majority of entries are new-build schemes, even if the renovation examples show that it
is also possible to successfully integrate solar technology into existing roofs and facades. In addition, the entries confirm the continued focus on photovoltaic systems. There are a number of combined solutions in the (small-scale) residential
construction field, while pure solar-thermal roof and/or facade systems are the exception.
In the first round the jury members individually scrutinised all the schemes before discussing them together.
The remaining 71 projects were assessed in greater detail in the second round in terms of the objectives of the competition, with the overarching evaluation criteria particularly based on architectural aspects such as the holistic conception and the
degree of innovation (energy and construction). The schemes as a whole showed an impressive level of quality in terms of both the architecture and building technology. In particular, specific structural and creative features that go beyond the previously
achieved „standards“ were discussed in detail, including during the following third round (41 remaining projects) and fourth round (25 remaining projects).
From the schemes that reached the fourth round the jury selected 15 projects for the „shortlist“.
Following a detailed assessment of the innovation potential and exemplary character of the solutions for the respective construction tasks, these schemes were narrowed down for the main prize. The jury considers these projects to be outstanding responses
to the core subject of the competition.
Following further assessment of the projects and a detailed discussion, the schemes were ranked as follows:
Architectural Award Building Integrated Solar Technology 2017 (15,000 EUR)
Scheme 067: Weikersheim (Germany), Hof 8 (2014)
Applicant: Architekturbüro Klärle, Bad Mergentheim
The construction of buildings in rural areas is characterised by numerous challenges. Here the energy efficient renovation of existing buildings using renewable materials is just as relevant as the use of renewable energies for decentralised heat and
With its holistic approach, the „Hof 8“ scheme makes an extraordinary contribution to this complex task field, which also needs to take into account aspects relating to inner-community development and demographic change. In addition to a
coherent mix of uses, the use of regional products and the reuse of materials to minimise the share of grey energy in the construction, the photovoltaic system (80 kW) is fully integrated across the entire roof surfaces of the various buildings that make
up the former farm ensemble. Although the on-roof installation chosen is somewhat conventional in structural terms, the 550 m2 solar power system impresses with its carefully detailed treatment of the roof edges. The partial surfaces created by the
junctions between different roofscapes are harmoniously resolved with colour-matched panels. The combination with existing rubble stone walls and new timber facades also illustrates the design potential offered by standard solar technology.
„Hof 8“ is a self-assured refurbishment scheme in which a groundwater heat pump, battery storage unit and electromobility form intrinsic components of the energy-plus building ensemble‘s integral energy concept, which also incorporates the
neighbours in the medium to long term. The scheme provides valuable impetus for sustainable rural development and shows that photovoltaics can be an entirely self-evident construction material in building renovation.
Special Recognition Award
Building Integrated Solar Technology 2017 (5,000 EUR)
Scheme 027: Frankfurt/Main (D), Aktiv-Stadthaus (2015)
Applicants: EGS-plan, Stuttgart; HHS Planer + Architekten, Kassel
Energy-plus buildings in densely populated, inner-city environments have been scarce until now. An outstanding project that could act as a trailblazer in this context is the Aktiv-Stadthaus in Frankfurt. On a confined urban site the architect has
succeeded in delivering an 8-storey apartment building with 74 residential units to the Efficient House Plus standard on a 160-metre-long and only 9-metre-wide plot.
As part of the ambitious energy concept, photovoltaic systems in the roof (251 kW) and facade (118 kW) are combined with electricity storage (250 kWh), heat pumps and buffer storage tanks along with an innovative energy man- agement system to produce
surplus energy in the annual energy balance.
Along the elongated, gently undulating southern elevation, monocrystalline anthracite modules, mounted upright with visible fastenings, alternate with the openings and form an effective contrast to the white bands of Eternit panels and the vertical timber
Special Recognition Award
Building Integrated Solar Technology 2017 (5,000 EUR)
Scheme 080: Nordhavn (DK), Copenhagen International School (2017)
Applicants: Ejendomsfonden Copenhagen International School; C. F. Møller Architects, København
The new school building, prominently located on the waterfront in the Nordhavn docklands area, is characterised by the very differentiated structure of the building form, which is reminiscent of stacked ship containers. Projecting and recessed blocks,
whose almost square glass panels create a lively elevational treatment in light blue to turquoise green shades, extend above a partially glazed podium zone.
The technically and creatively innovative approach: The specially coated cover glass for the monocrystalline modules enables the photovoltaics to retreat into the background and creates novel, tinted solar facades in which vapour-deposited oxide layers
reflect only a specific spectral range of sunlight. In order to articulate the 6,000 m2 of surface area, the 12,000 modules in metal frames are mounted at different angles so that the facades – depending on the solar radiation and angle of view – change
their hue although the modules all have the same colour.
Full documentary of the competition to download here:
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Results of the competition
Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2014
The architectural award for building-integrated solar technology granted by Solarenergieförderverein Bayern e. V. (the Bavarian association for the promotion of solar energy, in German abbreviated as SeV) aims at promoting
excellence in planning and designing of building-integrated solar power systems. This award makes accessible the exemplary solutions in qualitatively sophisticated architecture to the greater public.
The number of participants and the quality of the projects taking part in the competition, which the SeV has now held for the sixth time since the year 2000, demonstrates the relevance of the topic that, as a result of the economic problems facing the
solar power industry, is in danger of becoming somewhat neglected in building projects.
There were 151 submissions from 21 countries, which represents an increase of more than 60 per cent compared with 2011. 137 projects that met the competition criteria were approved for assessment. A closer inspection of the submissions shows that almost
half (≈ 47 per cent) are from Germany and more than 2/3 of the buildings come from German speaking countries. Encouraging is the growing response from other European countries, particularly France and Italy, which shows that the competition is now
being widely accepted internationally.
Of the 137 approved projects, 17 entries were submitted for the „Student Work Award“, which meant that a total of 120 projects were evaluated in the Architecture Award for Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2014 competition process.
Within these projects, housing construction continues to make up the largest share with more than 35 per cent, whereby almost three-quarters are detached and semi-detached homes; however, there was also a significant increase in projects in the
non-residential construction sector relative to 2011(54 per cent). The other building types are largely distributed between industrial/commercial (15 per cent), administration (11 per cent) and municipal buildings (10 per cent), as well as
schools/kindergarten (8 per cent). The majority of submissions are new-build schemes, even if the refurbishment examples show that it is also possible to successfully integrate solar technology into existing roofs and facades.
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Results of the competition
Architectural Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2011
The architectural award for building-integrated solar technology granted by Solarenergiefoerderverein Bayern e. V. (the Bavarian association for the promotion of solar energy, in German abbreviated as SeV) aims at promoting excellence
in planning and designing of building-integrated solar power systems. This award makes accessible the exemplary solutions in qualitatively sophisticated architecture to the greater public. This is the fifth time SeV has sponsored a competition dedicated
to integrating solar technology into architecture.
The entries submitted for the competition in 2011 show how architects have become increasingly interested in solar technology. Private homes continue to hold a dominant position as regards the building types, however, the scope of requirements regarding
building function remains varied in general. It has been pleasing to follow the positive developments in the quality of architectural and technical solutions used in building small apartments, including a number of show homes. There has also been greater
interest in integrating solar collectors into building façades. Solar technology is even being incorporated into installations in public spaces and active media façades.
The submitted projects demonstrate that solar power systems have now become components of innovative building envelops. Despite these developments made in integrating solar systems into roofs and/or façades using both architectural and
technologically advanced solutions, these solutions are often simply variations on known approaches There is greater potential for development here with innovations in cell development and a substantially expanded selection of component dimensions, frame
and cover profiles, and covers.
The entries feature ambitious end-to-end solutions using technological advances that integrate the concept of energy efficiency and ecology and even include self-sufficient systems, in addition to zero energy and plus energy concepts.
96 projects were initially registered. In the end, however, 84 were actually submitted to the jury, with entries coming from 13 different countries. In addition to the overall architectural character of the project, the jury assessed the degree to which
solar technology was deployed to inform the design. The submitted projects, which varied considerably in terms of their architectural character, were based on diverse underlying requirements regarding the building function, location aspects and
technological standards, ranging from relatively simple single family houses and industrial buildings to refurbishment measures and complex institutional buildings.
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Results of the previous competition in 2008
Of the 40 projects that were entered, 38 projects from 8 countries were assessed by the jury (two projects did not meet the requirements in terms of their completion dates).
In addition to the overall architectural quality, the jury assessed the degree to which solar technology was deployed to inform the design. Here they appraised not only new approaches taken in terms of the building concept (including the type of building
and use) and the solar technology (within the overall building services system), but also the extent to which the building acts as a “signal” for society as a whole. The submitted projects, which varied considerably in terms of their architectural
quality, were based on diverse underlying requirements regarding the building function, location aspects and technological standards, ranging from relatively simple single family homes to highly complex institutional buildings.
First Prize: “European Award for Building-integrated Solar Technology2008” (EUR 15,000)
Marché International Support Office (2007)
Marché Restaurants Schweiz AG, Kemptthal
Architect: Beat Kämpfen, Büro für Architektur, Zürich
Recognition award (€ 10,000)
“opusHouse – Living and working in the city”, Darmstadt
Architect: opus Architekten BDA, Darmstadt
Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building (2006) Tsinghua University, Beijing/China
Architect: Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna
Solar home built to passive home standard/“Plus-Energy” concept‘
TU Darmstadt, FB Architektur, FG Entwerfen und Energieeffizientes Bauen
Solar Building XXI (2006) Instituto Nacional de Engenheria, Tecnologia e Inovação – INETI, Lisboa/Portugal
Architect: Pedro Cabrito & Isabel Diniz
• „Zero Emission“ Production – Production and Advisory Centre (2008), Corona Solar GmbH, 66636 Tholey-Theley
Architect: Peter Heinz, Tholey
• „Plus energy home in Pfarrkirchen” (2007)
Architect: Architekturbüro Alfons Lengdobler, Pfarrkirchen
• „Energetic modernisation of a single familiy home“ (2007)
Architect: Hinrich Reyelts, Karlsruhe
• „Students Hall of Residence Marktstraße” (2006), Akademisches Förderungswerk, Bochum
Architect: Ulrich Krampe + Peter Reiter Architekten BDA, Bochum
• „ENERGYbase – Office Building of the Future” (2008)
WWFF Business and Service Center GmbH, Wien
Architect: POS architekten DI Ursula Schneider, Wien
„Plus energy home/solar powered housing estate ‘Am Schlierhaus’” (2006), Freiburg
Architect: Rolf Disch Solararchitektur, Freiburg
• „PV film Hightex Office” (2007), 83253 Rimsting
SolarNext AG, Rimsting
• “Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik” (2007), 12489 Berlin
Architect: msp Gesellschaft für Bauplanung mbH, Dresden
• „Telecom Tower“ (2008) National Telecom Corporation, Khartoum/Sudan
Ertex Solar GmbH, A-3300 Amstetten
• „SCHOTT Iberica” (2005), Sant Adria de Besos (Barcelona)
Architect: Torsten Masseck (Centre de Investigació Solar – CISOL), Sant Cugat del Vallès
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