Architecture Technology
(From right to left) Judges Catrin Brändle-Wigand, Christian Simons, Julian Andreas Schoyerer and Matthias Koch discuss the 39 products entered for the Architecture+Technology Innovation Award (Source: AIT – Moritz Bernoully)

The 21st edition of the ‘Architecture+Technology Innovation Award’ was organised by architecture journals AIT and XIA by AIT in cooperation with the building-technologies events of Messe Frankfurt, ISH and Light + Building, in Frankfurt am Main.

A total of 39 products were entered and, on 1 October 2020. The judges were Catrin Brändle-Wigand, Evangelischer Regionalverband Frankfurt and Offenbach; Matthias Koch, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten; Julian Andreas Schoyerer, Schoyerer Architekten Syra and Christian Simons, Schneider+Schumacher Planungsgesellschaft. By the end of an intensive day, they had chosen the recipients for an Innovation Award, two special mentions and six honourable mentions.

The Architecture+Technology Innovation Award is aimed at designers and manufacturers of innovative materials and products and emphasised the importance of architectural quality when it comes to luminaires, lighting components, electrical technology and house and building automation. Kristina Bacht, Publishing Manager, said: “This quality forms a solid basis for a successful result. Interestingly, quality cannot be measured, solely by digital means. The jury examined each product with regard to materiality, weight and surface texture. Accordingly, it benefited from a variety of different perspectives.”

The awards will be presented, during personal appointments with the winners in the autumn of 2020. All entries will be published, in a special section of AIT 12-2020.

The winner of the Architecture+Technology Innovation Award 2020 was ‘La Linea’ by Artemide. Special mentions went to ‘Dot Slim’ by Georg Bechter Licht and ‘Lighting Pad Lounge’ by the Nimbus Group. Also chosen for honourable mentions were the ‘Alphabet of Light Circular’ by Artemide, ‘Ettlin Lux Ambiloom’ by Ettlin Spinnerei und Weberei, ‘WLAN Touch ac’ by Homeway ‘Combina D’ by L&L Luce&Light, ‘Combination Brilliant Fit, Flush R-M, Modul 625, Pure I80M’ by Lifa innovative Lichtsysteme and ‘Curling Wall’ by Serien Raumleuchten.