Schelling Architecture Prize 2010
Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu / Amateur Architecture Studio
“Wang and Lu recognize the need for a philosophical and conceptual foundation of architecture which must find its origin in the substance of building.”
In the shadow of the spectacular manifestos of China’s new architecture, Amateur Architecture Studio is demanding a return to the historical tradition of Chinese architecture in its dialogue between crafts and landscape. The office is consciously working with local resources and materials and derives its poetic and atmospheric energy.
Beyond the global boom of vain icons, architecture thus returns to the point from which it has always started anew: in the use of local resources and the incorporation of local traditions. This attitude is thus a paradigm for every other region of the world. Perhaps it is a paradox that such a powerful counter position is being formulated in the realm of the very world power which is accelerating global development today. Dietmar Steiner
Schelling Architectural Theory Prize 2010
“He thematizes building culture as a medium for self-understanding beyond national traditions.”
The work of the French architect, researcher, scientist and curator encompasses publications and exhibitions, which have substantively contributed to the understanding of the international connections between significant architects of the modern period and their influence. Between meticulous research and the graphic representation of the results in exhibitions and comprehensive publications, Jean-Louis Cohen, like almost no other researcher in the field of architectural and urban history, has succeeded to reach a broad public while at the same time speaking up for the quality of the designed environment as well as against its endangerment in the context of the generations and the changing eras. Werner Durth
Heatherwick’s approach to architecture is unusual, as on the one hand crafted materials are emphasized, while on the other hand prototyping and production processes are valued. Beyond this, Heatherwick evidently has the gift of enthusing people and the ability to use the various talents of his numerous collaborators to “bring things to life”. Louisa Hutton
Kaschka Knapkiewicz & Axel Fickert
The work of Katharina Knapkiewicz and Alexander Fickert is characterized by its absence of ideology and thus its relaxed treatment of the inheritance of modernist housing typologies. It is not the neutral domestic space that is being offered in their work, but a form of space that awakens the users’ undiscovered potential for inhabitation.
At the centre of this work stands the imagination of a type of architectural space in which, similar to the English landscape garden, a balance is sought between the perception of the moving subject and a subtle and highly differentiated geometric order. Walter Nägeli