The 2015 Nykredit Architecture Prize has been awarded to Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) for their contribution to the design of public utility and industrial buildings. Founded by the Nykredit Foundation, the 500,000-DKK prize has become Scandinavia’s foremost architectural award, with past winners including Jørn Utzon, Bjarke Ingels and CEBRA. GPA is known for a timeless and iconic style, attributing a sense of identity to buildings often overshadowed by flashier projects. With the type of projects the firm usually tackles, pedestrian interaction is less common and many of GPA’s buildings focus on their interaction with the landscape, communicating a dignity and reliability to the public. “Reliable supplies of power, heating and water are basic amenities, but an efficient infrastructure and mobility are crucial too for modern life. Without these there can be no growth, development or welfare. These basic functions therefore deserve architectural identities that are worthy of their importance,” said Kristian Hagemann, CEO and Partner of GPA.
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