Fourth award for Kamp-Lintfort Campus

Campus design recognised with a German Design Award

Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, 29 October 2015: The Kamp-Lintfort Campus – the second campus location of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences – was unveiled to the public in April 2014. Since then, the campus design has been recognised multiple times with leading architectural awards. The fourth and newest award is the German Design Award, which was awarded to the designing architecture and engineering firm pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG. For the category Architecture, the “outstanding quality” of the design concept impressed the jury so much, that pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG received both the German Design Award and an additional honour as a Special Mention.

The German Design Award competition was first launched in 2012 and has quickly become known as a one of the most esteemed design competition in the world. The 2016 awards ceremony will take place on 12 February 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

As the initiator and organiser of the German Design Awards, the Council of Design (‘Rat für Formgebung’) is also among the leading expert bodies for communication and knowledge transfer in the area of design. In addition to a diverse array of other industry competitions, this council is responsible for the Iconic Award, which was the first in the string of awards given to pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG for their design of the Kamp-Lintfort Campus.  

pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG, in collaboration with the German architect Michael van Ooyen, won a 2010 public design competition for Rhine-Waal University’s new campus in Kamp-Lintfort. In addition to submitting the winning design, the architecture agency also assumed overall responsibility for construction planning. The developer of the campus was the NRW Department of Construction and Properties, branch Duisburg. Responsible for the planning of the open-air areas was Kuttner+Kahl, an agency specialising in landscape architecture and design.

“We are very pleased to see our new campus in Kamp-Lintfort awarded for yet another time. Each award is further proof of the innovative character of our campus and of the bright, friendly and communicative atmosphere of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences,” noted Dr. Heide Naderer, President of the University.

Iconic Award

A scant four months after the campus unveiling, pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG received their first award for their design in August 2014: an Iconic Award. This international architecture and design prize celebrates visionary architecture, innovative products and sustainable communication in the construction and property industries.

Good Building Award

The now award-winning design of the Kamp-Lintfort Campus was recognised for a second time in November 2014. A jury of expert architects and designers voted to bestow a Good Building Award (“Auszeichnung guter Bauten”), which is awarded in a competition initiated and organised by the Association of German Architects, Lower Rhine West group (BDA). The goal of the Good Building Award Competition is to increase public awareness of quality planning and construction, and to define quality metrics for modern architectural achievements. The Good Building Award is bestowed every four years and honours particularly notable architectural achievements in the form of buildings, building groups or other urban developments within the territory of the awarding BDA group.

Exemplary Buildings Award North Rhine-Westphalia

The third award for the Kamp-Lintfort Campus came in the form of the Exemplary Buildings Award NRW (“Auszeichnung vorbildlicher Bauten NRW”). To qualify as ‘exemplary’, a building must demonstrate an innovative, forward-thinking approach to architecture according to the key areas of design, technology, ecology and economics. The Exemplary Buildings Award NRW is awarded every five years by the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, specifically by the Ministry for Construction, Housing, Urban Development and Transport, together with the state’s Chamber of Architecture. Of 200 submissions, 33 projects were selected for the 2015 award, representing as a group the wide range of ongoing challenges and achievements in the field of construction and architecture in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Due to its wide-ranging impact, the Exemplary Buildings Award has been an important contributor to public appreciation of architecture in North Rhine-Westphalia for over 35 years. The award serves as a valuable tool for recognising buildings and facilities that “are uniquely oriented towards the guiding principle of sustainability in our built environment and combine the qualities of appropriateness and creativity in one.” As a 2015 award winner, the Kamp-Lintfort Campus impressed the jury with its proximity to the surrounding city, its high degree of urban integration, the quality of use and facilities, as well as other positive contributions to design, ecology and economic considerations. The award will be presented officially on 23 November 2015 in the K21 art museum in Düsseldorf.

For more information about prizes and a look at the unique architectural design of the Kamp-Lintfort Campus, please visit the website of pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG at www.pbr.de.