Recipients 1998


Schelling Architecture Prize 1998
Sauerbruch & Hutton, Busse & Geitner

“Split award – a decision between cheerful experiment and strict formal order.”

Busse & Geitner

The fact that architecture is effective via images, that communicate it, has long been overlooked, later on it has been abused as a blank cheque for meaningless referential games and exhibitionisms. Volker Busse and Andreas Geitner counter such overreactions with an intelligent as well as responsible handling of architectural form. It is an inseparable component of the substance and of the constructive composition. Persistent design development makes the image ever more precise until a seeming self-evidence has been reached: until the questions of use, material, context and symbolism have been resolved into a clear and consistent answer. The controlled abstraction works against any one-sided commitment towards either the past or the future and presents the architecture as utterly contemporaneous, complete also in terms of its functional qualities and the carefully selected and executed materiality. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani


Sauerbruch + Hutton Architects

Besides recovering history and repairing destroyed structures, the continued construction and the new interpretation of existing cities are the most important challenges in contemporary architecture. With their powerful free-standing composition for the GSW Headquarters in Berlin, Sauerbruch Hutton came onto the scene right at the beginning of Berlin’s second period of economic renewal, during which the reconstruction of the urban fabric was being discussed. They had to wait almost five years until the time for their vertical reinterpretation of that segment of the Kochstrasse was ripe that until then was to have represented a complete break with the pre-war Berlin. Their design not only accepts the urban fabric but also the collage character of the new context, one that is to be filled with new density and which creates a flexing sculptural-architectural silhouette in the vertical dimension. In doing so, energy saving technology is used. Thus, their design attains an exemplary status of an ecological architecture which does not dissolve the city but aims to strengthen and modernize it. Michael Mönninger

Schelling Architectural Theory Prize 1998
Stanislaus von Moos

“Modernism’s major and minor paths are reflected in the history of architecture.”

 Stanislaus von Moos began his career as an art historian with a spectacular publication on the origin of the Italian Renaissance Palace, thus at the same time raising interest in a new complex of themes: “political iconography”. Soon afterwards he himself became interested in architecture. His monograph on Le Corbusier has become a textbook in Le Corbusier research. As one of few art historians he subsequently became engaged in the development of contemporary architecture. His book on Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown was one the first commentaries on postmodernism. His longlasting activity as founding editor of the Swiss architectural journal Archithese is as significant as his publications. Stanislaus von Moos is one of the influential architectural theoreticians of our time. Heinrich Klotz