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HÄUSER AWARD 2022: 15,000 euros for the best remodels

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We’re looking for preserving and refurbishing existing buildings and adapting them to changed requirements in terms of comfort, layout or energy efficiency doesn’t just make economic and ecological sense, it conserves resources and is more sustainable too. We will present the results of the HÄUSER-AWARD 2022 here in March 2022.



Make more of it is the motto for the HÄUSER-AWARD 2022. That’s because we’ve decided to address a theme that’s more topical than ever before: preserving and refurbishing existing buildings and adapting them to changed requirements in terms of comfort, layout or energy efficiency doesn’t just make economic and ecological sense, it conserves resources and is more sustainable too. Especially because existing properties are mostly located in evolved settings with intact infrastructure, and the sites are already developed.

And last but not least: houses with a history have charm. Even nondescript buildings or ones that might look unattractive at first glance often turn out to have astonishing potential and qualities that are just waiting to be discovered and enhanced.

There’s no reason why a structure that’s showing its age can’t be transformed into attractive and contemporary architecture again – and that’s precisely what we want to demonstrate with our competition. That’s why we’re looking for the best remodels, extensions, loft conversions, vertical extensions, repurposings and modernisations.

Regardless of whether the project involves gentle renovation or bold intervention – the awards will be presented to outstandingly designed houses that exemplify how intelligent planning and a high degree of creativity can boost the liveability of existing structures.

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HÄUSER-AWARD 2022: 15.000 Euro für die besten Umbauten

We are holding the HÄUSER AWARD 2022 in collaboration with Bund Deutscher Architektinnen und Architekten (BDA), Verband Privater Bauherren e. V. (VPB), JUNG and Parkett Dietrich. The results of the competition are scheduled for publication in HÄUSER in March 2022. There will also be an award ceremony at which the winners will be officially announced and honoured. In addition, there are plans to present the best projects in a book.

Furthermore, 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 wherever possible.

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 2018 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 2/2022).

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 intended book.

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 2022 will select one winner from among 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:

  • Julia Erdmann, 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

Competition documents

Please submit the following project documentation and forms:

  • Project plans: location plan on a scale of 1:1000 with north point, plus ground plans, sections and views on a scale of 1:100, maximum format A3 (as loose sheets, folded; no brochures, boards etc.). The condition of the building before and after the remodelling must be apparent from the plans, please indicate any structural changes (e.g. by highlighting them in colour).
  • Photos: at least eight colour prints/colour copies in a format of approx. 18 x 24 centimetres showing the remodelled house both from the outside in its overall setting – including its urban context – as well as from the inside, featuring all the important spaces in an occupied/furnished condition. Furthermore, at least two additional photos documenting the state of the building before the remodelling.
  • Plans and photos must also be submitted in digital form (on a USB stick or CD-ROM); plans preferably as PDFs, photos as TIFF or JPG files. Note about photo credits: if the pictures originate from different photographers, please name or label the digital image files appropriately so that the photos can be clearly attributed to the respective originators/photographers.
  • A completed project sheet (see PDF download) with the most important building data, key energy figures, date of completion, an exterior photograph of the house as well as a summary of the design concept in bullet points (in German or English).
  • An explanatory text in German or English with a detailed project description (1 page A4 maximum), explaining the special features of the design.
  • The completed entry form as well as the signed participant’s declaration (see PDF download)
  • The licensing agreement with photographer

Important:please do not send any originals of the project plans and photos as the submitted documentation will not be returned!

The closing date for entries is Monday, 10 May 2021 (date as per postmark)

The jury’s decision is final.

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Postal address:

Gruner + Jahr GmbH
Editorial office HÄUSER
Envelope to be marked “HÄUSER AWARD 2022”
20444 Hamburg

Delivery address for courier services/packages:
Gruner + Jahr GmbH
Editorial office HÄUSER
Envelope to be marked “HÄUSER AWARD 2022”
Am Baumwall 11
20459 Hamburg


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Telephone + 49 (0) 40 – 3703 – 2215

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