Regional Court among 40 best brick buildings

Wienerberger AG, the world’s largest brick producer and the largest roof tile manufacturer in Europe, last night handed out its annual Brick Awards, together with EUR 21 000 in prize money. Two hundred and sixty projects from 32 countries were submitted by architecture critics for this year’s competition. A jury of international experts chose the winners from the large number of entries. Selection criteria included an architecturally innovative external appearance with appropriate use of brick as a material, as well as the functionality and the environmental friendliness of the building put forward. 40 of the 260 projects submitted were nominated and 5 were awarded the Brick Award (3 winners and 2 special prizes).

The Katowice’s Regional Court, designed by Studniarek and Pilinkiewicz from Archistudio, was qualified to the final 40 as one of the two projects from Poland (the second is Wyspiański 2000 Pavilion from Kraków). The building mostly made of a facing brick and completed in 2009 covers area of 15 560 sq. m.

It is the second success of buildings raised in Katowice and its architects. Two years ago the Tomasz Konior’s Science and Music Education Center “Symfonia” was also nominated for the Brick Award.

This year’s 40 projects from 27 countries are presented with extensive photos, plans and technical specifications in the book “brick10” published by German architectural publishers Callwey. This 240-page product will be available in bookstores from April 2010. It can also be ordered online (www.brick10.com).

Source of photos: wienerberger.com