The award ceremony for the architect competition Deutscher Landbaukultur-Preis 2016 took place on 14 February 2017 at the Schinkelsche Bauakademie in Berlin.
Builders and architects who have implemented particularly beautiful and successful new buildings and conversions in the countryside over the last ten years were eligible to apply.
The main prizes, each worth 10,000 euros, went to: Dollrott estate in the Schleswig-Flensburg district, the press and wine press house at the Brennfleck winery in Lower Franconia and the idyllic winegrowers' cottages at the Longen-Schlöder wine cultivation estate on the Moselle. Heiner Farwick, President of the Association of German Architects and Chairman of the jury, praised the award-winning buildings as a sign of an extraordinarily diverse building culture in the countryside. All award winners are active farmers or winegrowers. They demonstrate in an outstanding way how stylishly and appealingly buildings are constructed in the countryside.
Three recognition prizes of 5,000 euros each went to the Eifel, Thuringia and Rhineland-Palatinate. The special prize for Westphalia (3,000 euros) was awarded for the conversion of a farm building in the district of Borken.
The sponsor of the prize, which was offered nationwide for the first time, is the Stiftung LV Münster, a foundation of the Landwirtschaftsverlag in Münster. The German Farmers' Association as well as the Association of German Architects and the Association of German Landscape Architects supported the prize ideally and sent expert judges to the jury; for the bdla Irene Burkhardt, Vice President and landscape architect bdla, Burkhardt I Engelmayer Landschaftsarchitekten Stadtplaner PartG, Munich.
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