The "Nike für Fügung" (Nike for integration) Architecture Award from the Association of German Architects (BDA) is the fourth prestigious plaudit that textiles manufacturer Nya Nordiska has won for the extension to its headquarters in the historic city of Dannenberg, Germany, completed in 2010. The prize goes to the building contractor, as well as to the architect, Volker Staab.
The new entrance area of the Nya Nordiska headquarters in Dannenberg, Germany
The new entrance area of the Nya Nordiska headquarters in Dannenberg, Germany×
Nya Nordiska, a leading global textile company, received the award "Nike für Fügung", sponsored by the Association of German Architects (BDA), for the extension of its headquarters. The distinction is awarded both to principal and architect for their joint performance: Nya Nordiska received the "Nike" together with the architect responsible, Volker Staab, at Deutsche Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. The "Nike für Fügung" Award once more confirms, as fourth architecture award, the outstanding quality of the extension building, which was completed in 2010.
The international jury of seven members, including Michael Frielinghaus, incumbent president of the Association of German Architects (BDA) and Peter Cachola Schmal, Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt, were impressed by the fact how the extension building incorporates and expands on the characteristics of the place: "The result is a building which deals carefully but without any reservations with the historical context of the city and is modest and self-assertive at the same time. With the project in Dannenberg, the example is set that even manufacturing sites in central city locations can contribute to urban upgrading through increasing urban density", reads the jury’s statement.
The interior of the extension building by Volker Staab Architects is characterized by clean geometric lines
The interior of the extension building by Volker Staab Architects is characterized by clean geometric lines×
During the one-year construction phase it was achieved to complement Nya Nordiska’s ensemble of timber-framed and new buildings by an impressive functional-aesthetic connected building and to preserve at the same time the existing buildings, part of which are protected as historic monuments: "The extension building follows our principle of relating the traditional to the present", explains Sybilla Hansl, managing director at Nya Nordiska for Design & Production. Staab Architects, who succeeded in the tender for the project, transferred the volumetric characteristics of shed and gable roofs of the historic city into the formal shape of the new building. At the same time, the six connected buildings take up in varying volumes the imagination of a folded landscape, similar to pleated fabric. Thus the 4,110 square metres of industrial and office area in uniform rubicund anodized metal embody the modern external presentation of Nya Nordiska in its historical context.
"This award is the continuation of the shower of awards, after the BDA Award Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxon State Award for Architecture last year", comments Remo Röntgen, managing director for Marketing & Sales at Nya Nordiska. "We are particularly delighted that the 'Nike für Fügung' explicitly distinguishes our successful cooperation with Volker Staab Architects –and of course with all other companies involved in the construction."
The ceremonial act was followed by the opening of the exhibition on the Architecture Award with the awarded objects in Deutsches Architekturmuseum.
The headquarters of Nya Nordiska are located in the middle of the historic city of Dannenberg. The new building is a reinterpretation of the historic structures that lie around it, with its shed and gable roofs
The headquarters of Nya Nordiska are located in the middle of the historic city of Dannenberg. The new building is a reinterpretation of the historic structures that lie around it, with its shed and gable roofs×
On the Nike Architecture Award
For the third time, BDA awards the Nike Architecture Award, named after the Greek goddess of victory, which honours both architects and principals in all of Germany for exceptional quality in architecture and urban construction. There is one prize in each of the six categories –according to the essential elements of successful architecture: Symbolism, atmosphere, integration, composition, innovation and social commitment. The "Great Nike", a sculpture created by Wieland Förster, honours the most remarkable project of the past few years. For the first time, a building is awarded with the "Classical Nike", whose extraordinary value in design and function has proven itself over decades. The nomination of the projects was done by the state associations of BDA. Members of the jury are the president of BDA and/or one representative and another six skilled jurors (three architects, one urban planner and one laureate of the BDA critics’choice award).
The eye-catching cladding of the Nya Nordiska headquarters is made of rubicund anodised metal
The eye-catching cladding of the Nya Nordiska headquarters is made of rubicund anodised metal×
Since 1964, Nya Nordiska has been successfully designing and supplying high-quality decorative and upholstery fabrics for private and contract use. The product range is complemented by decoration systems Nya Artline and Nya Walls, a collection which has been introduced in 2011: After the wall panel in textile appearance, which had been produced under the same name, Nya Nordiska expanded the Nya Walls collection by the innovative Tex Glass®. Tex Glass®, developed in 2012 in cooperation with Glassolutions, Saint-Gobain, processes selected textile designs by Nya Nordiska in diamond glass.
Nya Nordiska has already been awarded several times for its first-class textile designs and their sophisticated spatial staging: With a total of more than 300 awards for outstanding or pioneering design, the textile editeur is one of the leading suppliers of innovative furnishing concepts worldwide. Nya Nordiska’s leading position in international design was confirmed by 19 awards in 2012.
Cubes: a detail from the extension to Nya Nordiska's HQ, designed by Volker Staab Architects
Cubes: a detail from the extension to Nya Nordiska's HQ, designed by Volker Staab Architects×
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