Aerogel Architecture Award 2021 - Call for entries

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Aerogel Architecture Award 2021 - Call for entries

Rainer Klose Kommunikation
Empa - Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

    The competition starts on 1 August 2020 and includes construction projects with Aerogel in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

    We are delighted to invite you to submit your examples of aerogel use in architecture, construction, refurbish-ment and monument preservation for the "Aerogel Architecture Award 2021". We are searching for the top re-alized projects of refurbishment from Austria, Germany and Switzerland to showcase the best projects of architects and civil engineers. The best projects selected by our jury will be shortlisted for our Aerogel Architecture Awards ceremony hosted near Zurich at NEST Empa campus, which will give broad recognition to the projects. The projects will be published in relevant international publications and portals. The award celebrates the best projects with regards to energy efficiency, unconventional solutions, high performing buildings solutions with use of superinsulating aerogel materials.


    REFURBISHMENT SOLUTIONS / architects and civil engineers / realized projects from Germany, Austria and Switzerland


    August 01, 2020 – Competition announcement and registration opens
    February 28, 2021 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours Zurich time)
    March 31, 2021 – Winners’ announcement event, Nest building, Empa Duebendorf

    Submission conditions

    Projects should be from DACH countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The responsible architectural or civil en-gineering studio can be located anywhere. The award is communicated in English. Projects should be no older than three years. Highly encouraged are submissions of realized projects of refurbishment or protected buildings where the energy efficiency was improved using aerogel insulation materials. Winners will be invited to Switzerland for the announcement event, which will take place at the NEST building at the Empa campus in Duebendorf. The winners will receive a memorial trophy and are invited to shortly introduce their project within ca. 10 minutes.

    Please send a ZIP or RAR file (max. 20MB) via email: (secretary) until deadline.

    • 1 PDF A1 size poster (landscape) with plans, section, photographs and linear drawings (layout for down-load)

    • 1 MS Word *.docx document with description ca. 300 words of the project (text can be on the poster)

    • 1-3 pcs JPEG - cover photos of the project, which will be used in media and webpages, high resolution

    • 1x detail of use of aerogel based insulation (on the poster), linear technical drawing with emphasized aerogel part (Blue RGB – 95,183,215) and list of materials.

    Contact for scientific information:

    Dr. Michal Ganobjak
    Building Energy Materials and Components
    Phone: +41 58 765 6032

    Original publication:

    M Ganobjak, S Brunner, J Wernery; Aerogel materials for heritage buildings: Materials, properties and case studies;
    Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 42, 2020; DOI: 10.1016/j.culher.2019.09.007

    More information:

    Criteria of this press release:
    Journalists, Students, Teachers and pupils
    Art / design, Construction / architecture
    transregional, national
    Contests / awards

    Aerogel Architecture Award 2021

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