Ingenhoven Architects is the ecological winner of the European Prize for Architecture 2022 | New

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Kö-Bogen II by Ingenhoven Architects, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2020. Photo: Hans-Georg Esch.


Ingenhoven Architects founder Christoph Ingenhoven has been selected as this year’s winner of the European Prize for Architecture, the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies announced Monday.

The Düsseldorf-based firm has earned a reputation for green skyscraper design since first chartering in the city in 1985, adding recent projects like the Marina One and Toranomon Hills developments to an impressive portfolio of international designs that includes the Breezé tower in 2008. in Osaka and at 1 Bligh Street in Sydney from 2006.




Christophe Ingenhoven.  Image courtesy of Ingenhoven Architects.

Christophe Ingenhoven. Image courtesy of Ingenhoven Architects.

Ingenhoven, 62, has therefore been hailed as a “pioneer of green architecture”. Chicago Athenaeum President Christian Narkiewicz-Laine also said he was a “champion, rather a tour de force, of moral and ethical architecture”, adding that “his buildings demonstrate beauty, modesty, l audacity and invention as the foundation and basis of his practice.”


Freiburg Town Hall by Ingenhoven Architects, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, 2017. Photo: Hans-Georg Esch.

Freiburg Town Hall by Ingenhoven Architects, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, 2017. Photo: Hans-Georg Esch.

Notable works from his home country include the Stuttgart 21 project, the Kö-Bogen II office complex in Dusseldorf, the town hall in Freiburg and the Lufthansa headquarters in Frankfurt, which won the international award for architecture in 2007.


Marina One by Ingenhoven Architects and Architects61, Singapore, 2017. Photo: Hans-Georg Esch.

Marina One by Ingenhoven Architects and Architects61, Singapore, 2017. Photo: Hans-Georg Esch.

The jury of the prize warns that it is not a “prize for the body of work”, but rather a recognition of European architects who have “determined a more critical, intellectual and artistic approach to the design of buildings and cities”. In this respect, Ingenhoven joins former winners such as Francine Houben and Dick van Gameren of Mecanoo, Henning Larsen, Santiago Calatrava and Manuelle Gautrand as examples of designers working with a deep commitment to the principles of humanism and the art of architectural creation.


European Investment Bank by Ingenhoven Architects, Luxembourg, 2002–2008.  Photo: Andreas Keller.

European Investment Bank by Ingenhoven Architects, Luxembourg, 2002–2008. Photo: Andreas Keller.

Ingenhoven is now the 17th official winner of the Prize. As usual, he will be honored at a solemn gala held at the foot of the Acropolis on September 9. Tickets are available at the European Center Museum in Athens.








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