Award for Brick Architecture goes to Bremer Landesbank
The Fritz-Höger-Award for brick architecture was awarded in October for the fourth time. The international architecture award has the intention of moving brick construction into the focus of builders. Being a representative of North-German brick architecture, whose constructions developed into ture brick icons over the decades, Fritz Höger quickly chosen as a namesake for the award.
More than 600 projects were entered to the competition and judged by a four-person jury, who then chose four winners – a Grand Prix and six Gold Awards. The grand prix was awarded to Caruso St John Architects for the new construction of the headquarters of Bremer Landesbank. In doing so, the Jury favoured a classic Höger style instead of modern approaches. Bremer Landesbank was the first ever project for Caruso St John Architects in Germany.
The prime location of the new headquarters at Domshof was cleared through the deconstruction of the former headquarters. The new facade is well-known as a particularly interesting aspect, having various characteristics and 64 different clinker forms that show the creative potential of bricks: sometimes stapled, arched, burled or perforated.
Lindner Fassaden GmbH also contributed to the building envelope of Bremer Landesbank. The aluminium facades and aluminium windows are in harmonious contrast with the metal and ceramic facade as well as the roughly 1,000 sqm of plaster-base facade in the courtyard of Bremer Landesbank, which was also executed by Lindner Fassaden GmbH. In the oval courtyard, window elements of the Bavarian family-run company provide natural light to the building.