Architect Winy Maas, who chaired the international panel of judges for the Zumtobel Group Award, named Arup (Germany), Elemental (Chile) and Studio Tamassociati (Italy), as the winners of the 2014 edition in the course of a ceremony held in London on September 22.
The competition held by Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin was divided into three categories:
"Applied Innovations",won by Arup Deutschland GmbH for the SolarLeaf project;
"Buildings", won by Studio Tamassociati for Port Sudan Paediatric Centre built for the non-profit organisation Emergency;
"Urban Developments & Initiatives", won by Elemental For the “PRES Constitución” project.
The winners were chosen out of a shortlist of 15 finalists selected from among 356 entrants.
The key to the three studios' victories in their categories was, according to architect Winy Maas, who chaired the panel of judges, "innovation" not only in technical terms and planning and participatory processes, but also in ecological and social terms.
Images courtesy of Zumtobel Group Award