German Landscape Architecture Award to Rheinboulevard, Cologne

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Jury awards one first prize and nine awards. Award ceremony on 29 September 2017 at the Allianz Forum in Berlin

The competition for the German Landscape Architecture Award 2017 has been decided. First prize goes to the Rheinboulevard in Cologne-Deutz, designed by Planorama Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin. This was decided by the jury on 28 April 2017 in Berlin.
At their meeting in the German Architecture Centre, the eleven judges appointed by the bdla, led by jury chair Ursula Hochrein, lohrer.hochrein, Munich, looked through the 30 nominated works and awarded the First Prize as well as prizes in nine categories.

First prize in the 13th year of the competition for the German Landscape Architecture Award goes to the project "Rheinboulevard, Cologne-Deutz", designed by Planorama Landschaftsarchitektur, Berlin. The landscape architects answer the task of connecting the right bank of the Rhine with the city centre of the Rhine metropolis and to take the Rhine, previously regarded as a border, into the centre in future with a grand gesture: the Rhine is made accessible via a 500 metre long riverside staircase in the centre of the city.

After about eight years of planning and construction, a modern, unique urban building has now been created on an area of two hectares, which, vis-à-vis the World Heritage Site with the Cathedral and the Old Town, provides the people of Cologne and their visitors with completely new qualities on the banks of the Rhine. In addition, the project impresses with its optimally integrated flood protection and the equally subtle and exciting handling of the historical layers from the city's 2000-year history.

Awards go to:
Category Use of Plants - Lohsepark, Hamburg, designed by Vogt Landscape Architects, Zurich/Berlin

Category Green Infrastructure as Strategy - Zu neuen Ufern, Siegen, designed by Atelier LOIDL Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin

Category Neighbourhood Development and Living Environment - Roof Garden wagnis 4, Munich, Design Author Wamsler Rohloff Wirzmüller, FreiRaumArchitekten, Regensburg

Category Participation and Planning - wagnisART - living environment as a participatory process, Munich, design author bauchplan ).(, Munich

Category Nature Conservation and Landscape Experience - Botanischer Volkspark Blankenfelde, Berlin-Pankow, design author Fugmann Janotta Partner Landschaftsarchitekten und Landschaftsplaner bdla, Berlin

Category Sport, Play, Movement - Play_Land - Youth Centre and Play Landscape, Oberhausen-Holten, design author wbp Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH | Christine Wolf, Rebekka Junge, Bochum

Category Climate Adaptation and Sustainability - :terra nova BiosphärenBand, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, design authors bbz landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin, and Ernst Scharf, architect, Berlin

Category Light in Open Spaces - L.-Fritz-Gruber-Platz, Cologne, design author scape landscape architects, Düsseldorf

Category Landscape Architecture in Detail - Ottoplatz, Cologne-Deutz, designed by bbzl böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin, with ISAPLAN, Leverkusen

The prize, which has been awarded every two years since 1993, honours exemplary projects and their authors. The subject matter is socially and ecologically oriented settlement and landscape development as well as contemporary open space planning. Outstanding planning achievements, including conceptual ones, which demonstrate aesthetically sophisticated, innovative and ecological solutions are honoured. In the current 13th year, for the first time the submission of projects and the determination of nominations took place exclusively online.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin on the evening of 29 September 2017. On this occasion, the award-winning and honoured works were presented to the public.

The German Landscape Architecture Award 2017 competition is sponsored by
Bruns-Pflanzen-Export GmbH.

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