Sponsored by Emirates Glass — one of the world’s leading providers of energy-efficient glass — the LEAF (Leading European Architects Forum) Awards, now in its fifth year, recognises architectural excellence in the fields of innovation and structural and interior design, across the private and public sectors.
The LEAF Awards now have 11 categories, including the Grand Prix Award (won by the Danish firm), the Commercial Building of the Year, and the Best Structural Design of the Year. Major new buildings from 26 countries competed for the various awards this year.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Performers’ House project, which won the prestigious Grand Prix Award, is a modern version of a Danish folk high school, situated in the heart of Silkeborg, Denmark. The project, centred on a century-old paper mill, was commended for the simplicity of the design, characterised by the choice of materials as well as the successful transformation of a historic boiler house. The new building is linked to the refurbished boiler house by a new square, where many folk high school activities take place, reinforcing connections with the local community.