nrw.landschaftsarchitektur. prize 2024 awarded!

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The Association of German Landscape Architects NRW awards seven projects and a joint special prize for five projects!

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the award ceremony for the nrw.landschaftsarchitektur.preis 2024 took place in the Erich Brost Pavilion at Zeche Zollverein in Essen. Around 200 guests accepted the invitation from the Association of German Landscape Architects NRW (bdla nw) and celebrated the award winners. They also examined the new award brochure and took the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues. The jury, chaired by Prof. Katja Benfer, unanimously selected seven entries from 29 submissions that address future topics and create innovative, impressive and sustainable landscape experiences. All 29 projects are presented in a brochure. This can be downloaded at can be ordered or downloaded.

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Three projects were awarded the nrw.landschaftsarchitektur.preis 2024, two further projects received recognition and another two projects were presented with the Future Prize. Since the award was opened up to projects of a conceptual nature, the Association of German Landscape Architects in North Rhine-Westphalia has once again demonstrated what the profession is capable of achieving in the fields of climate adaptation and ecological revitalization beyond the classic object planning in monument and landscape protection. This year, the jury also awarded a joint special prize for a regional strategy with five individual projects.

The award winners

Franz Reschke Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH from Berlin was awarded a prize for its Blücherplatz Spenge project. The jury particularly emphasized the sparingly placed, carefully detailed, high-quality building blocks. The result is a dignified square in this small community that does outstanding justice to its role as a stage.

With the St. Viktor church square in Dülmen, Lohaus Carl Köhlmos PartGmbB Landschaftsarchitekten Stadtplaner from Hanover delivered a design in which the design interventions are so naturally placed and very restrained, as if it had actually always been like this. The jury particularly praised this approach to the surroundings of St. Viktor's Church: "The church remains the main protagonist, while the exterior space takes a back seat and focuses on good details, sustainable materials and gives the ensemble back its appropriate dignity. The concept thus finds its place among the traces of history that this place tells. Landscape architecture 'serves' the urban space."

Another prize was awarded to Landschaftsarchitektur Vennemann from Dorsten, which designed the new Westerholt colliery in Gelsenkirchen. The jury praised the exciting superimposition of past and future created with the scarcest of means using found materials. No additional material was brought in or taken away, components and demolition material were processed into new recyclable materials, the concept and implementation think in cycles; the design idea is therefore also exemplary for future resource-saving, sustainable construction.

Two awards were also presented: One award went to the Bochum-based firm wbp Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH for the design of the Kreuztal sports campus. The project is exemplary for the topic of "Building in Existing Contexts" and features a consistently high-quality but unpretentious design. The design idea turned a former passageway into a communicative center between schools and sports halls, an arena encloses a central green area in which a formerly piped stream comes into its own again.

The second award went to Franz Reschke Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH from Berlin for the 2023 Höxter State Garden Show. With its concept for the old town ring, Weserbogen, archaeological park and castle garden, a varied but also unifying design bracket has been created for the historic site on the Weser, which will also create new perspectives for city life and tourism for the city beyond the (successful state) garden show.

Two future prizes were awarded this year: One went to the planning office dtp Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH from Essen for Der Park kommt in die Stadt Herten. The jury particularly praised the participatory approach to planning. "A process was initiated that is more than just the redesign of a city center," wrote the authors in their application and continued: "It is about new narratives, about involving local people, about new images for our cities and new qualities in living together. The story we are telling is: The park is coming to the city!"

The second Future Prize was awarded to Kienleplan GmbH from Leinfelden-Echterdingen. The jury awarded the prize to the Dortmund greening plan project, as it offers politicians and administrators a guide to action based on facts and calculations that provides reliable and predictable evidence of where problems are developing and which solution strategies are effective. "This is the 'scientific' approach to climate adaptation and it is also justified, as it provides important guidelines for resilient, future-proof urban planning," said the jury.

For the first time, the jury awarded a special prize for a regional district park strategy with five site developments in the Ruhr metropolis. Together, the planning offices ST Freiraum Landschaftsarchitekten Markus Schürmann for the Revierpark Vonderort Oberhausen, brandenfels landscape environment for the Revierpark Wischlingen Dortmund, Landschaft Planen und Bauen for the Revierparks Mattlerbusch Duisburg and Nienhausen Gelsenkirchen and Büro Drecker for the Revierpark Gysenberg Herne received this award. Created in the 1960s as a new type of park, it was due for a makeover following structural and population changes - a task to which the Ruhr Regional Association devoted itself intensively. The offices succeeded in implementing unifying design principles on the one hand and local characteristics on the other. The (garden) historical heritage was respected, while at the same time contemporary and future-oriented demands were met through carefully placed interventions.

Promoting bold and creative landscape architecture

The Association of German Landscape Architects in North Rhine-Westphalia has awarded the nrw.landschaftsarchitektur.preis 2024 for the eleventh time. The award recognizes projects, planners and clients whose work is exemplary because it promotes high-quality, socially and ecologically oriented settlement and landscape development, climate adaptation strategies and contemporary, bold and creative landscape architecture in North Rhine-Westphalia. Conceptual designs and projects are also eligible.

In cooperation with the bdla nw, Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen is publishing a brochure on the nrw.landschaftsarchitektur.preis 2024, which presents all participants in the competition and their projects. The brochure can be ordered free of charge from bdla nw and Baukultur Nordrhein-Westfalen. The nrw.landschaftsarchitektur.preis 2024 is supported by Rinn Beton- und Naturstein GmbH undamp; Co KG, Lorberg Quality Plants GmbH undamp; Co KG and the Verband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau NRW. During the award ceremony, all winners were presented with a trophy. The trophy is a two-tone piece of exposed concrete with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on a pedestal. The winning projects are each named and located on it. The trophies were donated by the sponsor Rinn.

The brochure for the nrw.landschaftsarchitektur.preis 2024 can be found at to order.

Further information

Judith Dohmen-Mick

Association of German Landscape Architects e.V.

North Rhine-Westphalia regional group

Office Scheifeshütte 15 - 47906 Kempen

Tel. 02152 148490 - Fax: 02152 148492

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