German Sustainability Award 2019 for Freiburg Town Hall
Sustainable, innovative and architecturally valuable: Freiburg Town Hall, designed by ingenhoven architects received the German Sustainability Award 2019.
The prestigious prize was awarded on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf as part of the 11th German Sustainability Day. The project Freiburg town hall successfully prevailed against the other finalists - the museum of the future "Futurium" in Berlin and the Hamburg office building "Hamburg Heights, Height 1". Ingenhoven architects’ winning project is the world’s first public building to net-surplus-energy standard. It will generate more energy than it uses throughout the year—excess energy is fed into the city’s electricity network. The jury commented thus on its decision: "The new Freiburg Town Hall is an outstanding example of how public buildings should set benchmarks for the implementation of ecological and architectural standards." In recognition of the exceptional intent pursued with this project, the DGNB jury nominates the building for the DGNB "Sustainable Building" prize.
The DGNB prize is awarded for buildings in which fundamental aspects of sustainability have been incorporated with respect to ecology, social context, and economy in the design, implementation, and operation of the building, and which—in addition—stand out due to their innovative design solutions and special design quality. The DGNB "Sustainable Building" Award is an award of the German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB e.V. The prize has been awarded for the sixth time this December.