Ceremony: German Landscape Architecture Award 2019 goes to Baakenpark

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State Secretary Bohle and bdla President Rehwaldt present First Prize to Atelier Loidl. 500 guests applaud excellent planner teams.

On the evening of 20 September 2019, the first prize and awards in the 14th year of the German Landscape Architecture Award competition were presented in Berlin

Till Rehwaldt, President of the Association of German Landscape Architects, welcomed the approximately 500 guests at the Allianz Forum at the Brandenburg Gate, in front of which the International Climate Strike "Fridays For Future" had ended shortly before.

The current issues, the disputes about condensed metropolises, unequal living conditions and climate change are leading to new, more diverse demands on our green systems.

Till Rehwaldt

"The current issues, the disputes about condensed metropolises, unequal living conditions and climate change lead to new, more diverse demands on our green systems. The development of green infrastructure as a multifunctional network of open spaces can help to manage this complexity and, above all, to communicate the professional contributions of landscape architecture to society," he continues. "By applying for the German Landscape Architecture Award, the projects come into the light of a broad public, show the diversity, creativity and professionalism of our profession."

Till Rehwaldt congratulated the winners, thanked all competition participants for their outstanding project submissions and the competition's sponsors for their support.


The greetings of the patron of the competition, Federal Minister of Construction Horst Seehofer, were delivered by Anne Katrin Bohle, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs. "More and more people in Germany are drawn to cities. That is why green spaces are becoming increasingly important in public spaces as places for meeting, recreation and integration. The Federal Government's measures contribute to the quality of life and living, to social participation and to improving the urban climate," State Secretary Bohle elaborated.

The cities of tomorrow must be designed in such a way as to be able to cope with climate change: Keywords green roofs, sponge cities, green systems, aeration, shading.

Sven Plöger

"Climate change is the perceived greatest threat to people", Dipl.-Meteorologe Sven Plöger stated in his lecture "Climate change - Good prospects for tomorrow?!". According to the sought-after TV presenter and book author, coping with climate change is a task for society as a whole, and one that transcends national borders. "Tomorrow's cities must be designed to cope with events from climate change; cue green roofs, sponge cities, green systems, aeration, shading, ... Landscape architects must 'build' the new weather and climate conditions into their planning."

'Festakt am Brandenburger Tor: 500 Gäste, darunter Anne Katrin Bohle, Staatssekretärin im Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, feierten mit den Preisträgern.'

Important impetus for the development of landscape architecture

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the German Landscape Architecture Award 2019 to the project "Baakenpark - Sehnsuchtsort in der östlichen HafenCity, Hamburg", presented in a 3:30 minute film.

State Secretary Anne Katrin Bohle and bdla-Till Rehwaldt congratulated Felix Schwarz, Bernd Joosten and Andreas Lipp from the winning Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten as well as Barbara Schwöppe from the client Hafencity Hamburg GmbH.

In the course of the urban development of Hamburg's Baakenhafen, an artificial peninsula was conceived. The varied shaping of its shore edge contrasts with the simplicity of the harbour basin. The internal division into three "plateaus" also follows this rhythmic ductus and allows individually shaped spaces to emerge.

In addition to a variety of play and sports facilities, there are spaces for quiet recreation and for experiencing the broad perspectives. In this way, topographical drama and functional compression give rise to impressive spatial sceneries that are unparalleled. This is supported by the careful selection of the woody plants. The jury's verdict: "This design is a trend-setting work that faces the current planning challenges with great self-confidence. Despite the very specific site, approaches are shown that have an exemplary general validity and thus provide important impulses for the development of landscape architecture."

Landscape architecture as a contribution to building culture

To give the range of landscape architectural work a stage, the professional association had offered awards in nine categories in the current competition. Reinhard Hübsch, the evening's moderator, led the audience through the eight award-winning projects, all of which bear witness to the fact that landscape architecture makes an important contribution to building culture.

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