Nething Generalplaner, an architectural firm from Neu-Ulm, has won the German "Aluminium in Renovation Award 2009" for the LoftLiving Ackermannfabrik in Augsburg. The project was realized with Wicona-brand aluminium building systems.
Arnd Brinkmann, managing director of Building Systems' so-called Germany + organization, was one of the first to congratulate the winning project.
The award honors building renovations where aluminium is used in an exemplary way in terms of energy efficiency, life cycle and quality improvement of the building itself.
Every two years, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) in Brussels invites member countries and companies to host and, respectively, enter such competitions, which, in the German market, is organized by the Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie e.V., Düsseldorf (GDA).
Werner Mader of the GDA presented the winning award to Axel Nething, who is managing director of Nething Generalplaner (ngp). Nething talked a little bit about sustainable buildings - and aluminium - in his acceptance speech.
"Sustainability has been a crucial factor in our building designs for many years," he says. "Aluminium is a fantastic material that helps us enormously in implementing this claim."
Nething's sustainability targets are clearly demonstrated in the prize-winning building.
Ackermannfabrik, an old textile factory, was redesigned by ngp to create attractive lofts and residential apartments. The Wicona profiles for the windows and doors equip the building with state-of-the-art technology, as well as a design which corresponds with the legal requirements and specifications for historical buildings.
A special contour of the aluminium profiles reproduces the visual appearance of the original steel-frame windows, however, they also achieve a UW-value of 1,5 W/(m²K) and thus highly efficient and future-oriented thermal protection.
The jury described it decision in this way: "This project is convincing in the aesthetical implementation of the material under consideration of the design of the existing building. The high-rising windows with the slim profiles provide much light for the interior. The modern profile technology supports the efficient thermal insulation."