Akademie Schloss Solitude congratulates former fellows Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau on receiving the German Architecture Award 2021!
Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau co-founded the Studio for Architecture and Urbanism SMAQ (Rotterdam/Berlin). SMAQ designs environments which become positioned within the establishing urban-landscape continuum. Independent projects, research and exhibitions are based on the understanding of the urban field as a dynamic product of social developments. They examine the way in which social-urban processes are inscribing themselves into the physical realm, and in turn could be inscribed in a transformative manner.
SMAQ now received the German Architecture Award 2021, endowed with 30,000 Euros, for the housing project »Living Together« in Hanover. According to the jury, the award winner succeeded in creating an identity-forming place through the urban togetherness in the inner periphery. The building ensemble is well-balanced both in its offer for different users and in the interweaving of private and public space. In this way, outstanding architecture is exemplary in dealing with social coexistence.
The history of the award dates back to 1971. Since 2011, the German Architecture Award has been awarded as a state prize for architecture jointly by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and the Homeland and the German Federal Chamber of Architects. The competition procedures are conducted by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning.