Delft City Archive wins the Wienerberger Brick Award 2020


Since first being conferred in 2004, the Wienerberger Brick Award has established itself as an internationally acclaimed architecture prize. It is awarded every two years for innovative brick architecture, and this year Gottlieb Paludan Architects won with our Dutch associates Office Winhov for the Delft City Archive.

The distinctive brickwork in Delft’s new city archive draws on the bookshelf for its motif, and the building’s agenda is thus announced clearly in its facade. At the same time, the brickwork relief of the facade is a reference to Delft’s tradition for richly crafted brick architecture.

A jury consisting of five international architects has chosen to give the Delft City Archive the award in the category ”Working Together” and added the following comments:

“The image of the building in an interesting way rimes with what you encounter on the inside of the building […] The expression of the building gives a clue as to the content of the building and we find that to be a very interesting concept.”

The new city archive opened in 2017 and was created in collaboration between Gottlieb Paludan Architects and the Dutch architects firm Office Winhov.

This is the second time in succession that Gottlieb Paludan Architects has won a Wienerberger Brick Award for international brick architecture. 2018 saw the award presented to the spectacular Värtaverket project in Stockholm – one of the largest biomass-powered CHP plants in the world. Here, Gottlieb Paludan Architects and the Swedish architects firm Urban Design won in the ”Building outside the box” category.

Read more about the Delft City Archive here.

Read more about the Värtaverket power station here.