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HÄUSER AWARD 2021: 15,000 euros for the best sustainable houses

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We’re looking for intelligently planned and sophisticatedly designed houses that are both contemporary and future-proof. Deadline extended until May 18. ATTENTION: Submissions can no longer be considered for this competition. We will present the results of the HÄUSER-AWARD 2021 here in March 2021.


HÄUSER AWARD 2021, deadline extended until May 18

Climate change and dwindling resources pose new challenges for the way we design and build our houses too. That’s why we’re dedicating the HÄUSER AWARD 2021 to sustainability and asking how architects are dealing with these changes: what clever ideas and creative concepts are they coming up with in response?

We’re looking for intelligently planned and sophisticatedly designed houses that are both contemporary and future-proof. That covers all sorts of different aspects: an economical and considerate use of land, an efficient energy concept or an eco-friendly choice of materials can all play a role, as can the use of new technologies, construction methods or innovative building materials. Or perhaps a cleverly organised floor plan that will adapt to changing needs and life situations as the years go by – after all, sustainability also means .preserving what's already there and extending its useful life. That’s why we’re not just looking for new builds: remodels and extensions are explicitly welcome too.

Which and how many sustainable aspects the individual projects submitted contain is up to the participating architects. What’s important is that these points are highlighted in the project description and can be inferred from the plans and photos as well.

We are holding the HÄUSER AWARD 2021 in collaboration with the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA), the Verband Privater Bauherren e. V. (VPB) JUNG and Parkett Dietrich. The results of the competition are scheduled for publication in HÄUSER in March 2021. There will also be an award ceremony at which the winners will be officially announced and honoured. In addition, the best projects will be presented in a book to be published by Prestel Verlag/ Munich at the same time.

In collaboration with our media partner, television news channel n-tv, we also intend to present each of the winning projects in the form of a short film.

Conditions of entry

Architects from all over Europe are eligible to enter the competition. Participation is free of charge.

They must be the originators of the projects submitted. The houses must have been completed after 01 January 2017 and not have been previously published in a general-interest magazine. In addition, the award winners must agree that the winning houses will not be published in any other general-interest magazine prior to the announcement and publication of the competition results (scheduled to appear in HÄUSER 2/2021).

Each participant may submit a maximum of two projects under the condition that the participants and owners/clients agree to the publication of photos and plans in HÄUSER and on the HÄUSER website, as well as in the book to be published by Prestel Verlag.

The prize money

The total prize money of 15,000 euros will be allocated as follows:

1st prize: 7,000 euros
2nd prize: 5,000 euros
3rd prize: 3,000 euros

The jury may choose to allocate the prize money differently.

The VPB will pay the owner/client of each award-winning house an additional bonus of 1,000 euros. This does not apply if the owner is also the architect of the house.

Interior Prize

The Interior Prize, which is held in collaboration with Parkett Dietrich, is presented to an interior design of outstanding quality. The jury of the HÄUSER AWARD 2021 will select one winner from amongst all the entries submitted. The key selection criteria will include a convincing use of materials, excellent functionality and the integration of furnishings into the design.

The winner of the Interior Prize will receive 2,000 euros and likewise be published.

The jury

The works submitted will be judged by an independent jury made up as follows:

  • Laura Jahnke, architect, Hamburg
  • Susanne Wartzeck, President of the Association of German Architects (BDA)
  • Thomas Penningh, President of the Verband Privater Bauherren (VPB)
  • Reiner Nagel, Chairman of the Bundesstiftung Baukultur
  • Anne Zuber, Editor-in-Chief of HÄUSER

We will present the results of the HÄUSER-AWARD 2021 here in March 2021.

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