Award-winning render facades in Europe

ECOLA Award 2019

The Jury of ECOLA Award 2019 has awarded four First Prizes under the chairmanship of Manuelle Gautrand (Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, Paris) on 17 May 2019 in Stühlingen. Prizes in the category New Buildings went to Aires Mateus Architects from Lisbon with “Meeting Centre in Grândola” in Portugal and AIM Studio with “Local Community Center Gošići” in Tivat, Montenegro. The Berlin based architecture office Bruno Fioretti Marquez won the category Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion with the project “Conversion and Extension Schloss Wittenberg” as well as Spanish TEd’A arquitectes that convinced the jury with their project “Can Picafort – 4 tourist apartments”. The ECOLA Award (European Conference of Leading Architects – Award for the Use of Render in Architecture) has been presented for the ninth time.

The ECOLA Award that is organised by Sto and the “Bundesverband Ausbau und Fassade im Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes” is divided in two categories: Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion and New Buildings. A precondition for the selection procedure was the application of render as a building material characterising the architecture. 30 projects were assigned to the Refurbishment/Renovation/ Conversion category, while 81 came under the New Buildings category. This year’s location for the jury session on 17 May was Sto SE & Co. KGaA headquarters at Stühlingen. The international jury comprised the following members:

• Manuelle Gautrand, Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, Paris (jury chairwoman),
• Prof. Valentin Bearth, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, Chur;
• Andreas Cukrowicz, cukrowicz nachbaur architekten, Bregenz.

After the assessment of all 111 projects from 27 European countries, which had been carefully selected by 19 nomination jurors from 18 countries, the jury awarded four First Prizes.

The award ceremony will take place in the context of the ECOLA Conference from 26 to 28 September 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. Participants of the congress are all award winners as well as the competition and nomination jurors. In lectures and workshops the conference provides the opportunity to intensely analyse render as a building material, with regard to its practical application and its technical and creative development.



Winners of the ECOLA Award


Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion category


Conversion and Extension Schloss Wittenberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Bruno Fioretti Marquez, Berlin, Germany


Can Picafort – 4 tourist apartments, Can Picafort, Mallorca, Spain

TEd’A arquitectes, Palma de Mallorca, Spain



New Buildings category


Meeting Centre in Grândola, Portugal

Aires Mateus e Associados, Lisbon, Portugal


Local Community Center “Gošići”, Tivat, Montenegro

AIM Studio, Podgorica, Montenegro



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The jury (from left to right): Andreas Cukrowicz (cukrowicz nachbaur architekten, Bregenz, AT); Manuelle Gautrand (Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, Paris, FR); Prof. Valentin Bearth (Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, Chur, CH)
Photo: Martin Baitinger, Böblingen


The jury together with the awarding authority (from left to right): Rainer König (President of Bundesverband Ausbau und Fassade); Rainer Hüttenberger (Spokesman of the Executive Board of STO Management SE); Andreas Cukrowicz; Manuelle Gautrand; Prof. Valentin Bearth; Jochen Stotmeister (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of STO Management SE).
Photo: Martin Baitinger, Böblingen


111 projects from 27 European countries had been pre-selected by an international nomination jury.
Photo: Martin Baitinger, Böblingen


Winner New Buildings category: Meeting Centre in Grândola, Aires Mateus Architects, Lisbon
Photo: Nelson Garrido


Winner New Buildings category: Local Community Center “Gošići”, Tivat, AIM Studio, Podgorica.
Photo: Relja Ivanić


Winner Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion category: Conversion and Extension Schloss Wittenberg, Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architekten, Berlin.
Photo: Stefan Müller


Winner Refurbishment/Renovation/Conversion category: Can Picafort – 4 tourist apartments, TEd’A arquitectes, Palma de Mallorca
Photo: Luis Díaz Díaz




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