April 6, 2009
by Canadian Architect
Union Investment Real Estate AG, one of Europe’s biggest investment companies, organizes an award recognizing exemplary real estate projects in Europe that combine sustainable development with commercial success while at the same time fulfilling society’s needs. The projects presented were required to make a important contribution to the quality of urban life, of the environment and of the site.
Ninety projects from 12 European countries were submitted to the jury for this award that received the support of the International Union of Architects (UIA).
The first prize was awarded to METRO Group Asset Management’s Meydan Commercial Square in Istanbul, a 70,000-square-metre facility designed by Foreign Office Architects (FOA) of London/Barcelona.
Second prize went to the Alsion Scientific and Cultural Centre in Sonderborg, Denmark, comprising a 34,000-square-metre university, a public concert hall and a private technology park. This ensemble is a joint initiative between Sonderborg Kommune, Forskerparken Syd A/S and Fonden Koncertsalen Alsion. The ensemble was designed by 3XN Architects of Denmark.
The Westend Duo complex in Frankfurt by Investors ING Insurance and Hochtief Projektentwicklung received third prize. The complex was designed by KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten of Germany.
The jury awarded a special prize to the Seewürfel complex in Zurich, designed by Camenzind Evolution Architects of Switzerland, and promoted by investor Swiss Life.
Laszlo Szeker represented the UIA on the jury, which also included architects Joan Busquets, Werner Sobek, Jörn Walter and Irene Wiesevon Ofen, former president of the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP).
For more information, please visit www.prime-property-award.com.