Participants are asked to fill out an online template comprising of basic project data, a short informative text describing the project, as well as uploading pictures and plans of the building. By submitting, participants consent to the submission and having this published at a later stage.
Assessment criteria include an innovative design and architecture concept, skillful and innovative use of bricks as well as architecture quality in terms of aesthetics, shape and configuration of the project. Special attention is also directed to sustainability, climate resilience, energy efficiency, affordable living – the adequacy of the project in relation to its intended purpose, building type and cultural context.
The winners of the Brick Award are announced biennially at an award ceremony and presented, along with the 50 nominations in the accompanying Brick Book. Winning projects are endowed with price money and can be found all over the world. The first Brick Award in 2004 was won by Josef Pleskot in Czech Republic with his beautiful solution for a pedestrian passage in a castle park. In the following years the Grand Prizes went to Hungary, Germany, Liechtenstein, South Africa, Thailand, Spain, Austria, Great Britain, Switzerland , Poland and in 2022 to China!
Categories for nomination
Feeling at home: single-family houses, semi-detached houses and small housing projects of high architectural quality that provide comfortable, affordable, healthy, & sustainable living spaces with focus on energy effiecient solutions.
Living together: innovative residential solutions taking into account the trends & challenges of urbanisation such as scarcity of space, energy efficiency and climate resilience, social challenges as well as new living concepts
Working together: comfortable, aesthetic, energy efficient and functional commercial buildings, offices and industrial buildings
Sharing public spaces: functional, energy efficient, aesthetic and adequate to its purpose public buildings for education, culture & healthcare, public places and infrastructure projects
Building outside the box: innovative concepts with focus on circular building solutions, energy efficiency and ways of using brick, use of new construction technologies, special brickworks, custom-made bricks & new ornamentation
The award categories can be subject to slight changes depending on the year and the development of trends and current topics.
Criteria for participation
A significant part of the project must consist of clay building materials (clay blocks, facing bricks, clay pavers, clay roof tiles, clay façade panels etc.)
One of the nomination categories must apply to the project
The project was completed in 2020 or later
The project can comprise newly constructed, refurbished and converted buildings
The project can include new and reused bricks
Special attention will be directed to how the project combines functionality, sustainability, climate resilience and energy efficiency
The adequacy of the project in relation to its intendet purpose
The use of Wienerberger products is not a relevant factor for participation
What awaits the winner
The award is endowed with prize money of 7.000 Euro for the Grand Prize Winner (incl. Category Winner) and 5.000 Euro for each of the remaining four Category Winners.