【DE】German Natural Stone Award 2022

Award ceremony with announcement of the prize winners and category winners on the 22nd. June 2022


Already on the 20th The German Natural Stone Association e.V. draws Pioneers of sustainable architecture with the German Natural Stone Prize (DNP). The award honors projects made of natural stone indoors and outdoors, which are exemplary for high architectural quality as well as a resource- and energy-saving

Construction method stand.


A total of 62 projects were submitted for this year’s competition, 20 of which were nominated for the award ceremony. The jury of the German Natural Stone Prize honored the winner “DEUTSCHER NATURSTEINPREIS 2022” from the 20 nominated natural stone projects as well as other category winners in the advertised categories “Public buildings, residential and commercial buildings”, “Single-family houses and villas”, “Building in existing buildings”, “Landscape architecture and open space design” and for the first time “Student Young Talent Award”.


Winner of the DNP 2022 and winner in the category “Building in stock”

 Library of the preacher seminar in the Loccum monastery, Rehburg-Loccum

Architectural office: pape+pape architekten, Kassel

Natural stone used: Bucher sandstone


Statement of the jury:

A beautiful, but actually quite normal building task for us architects: the addition of a rather austere and simple ensemble of great expressiveness. The regional natural stone already used, a Bucher sandstone, will continue to be used, while at the same time the existing façade image will be slightly changed and subtly developed. As a result, the planners are able to use their own design language appropriate to the material, which is not historicizing, but rather modern and reserved, yet powerful and self-confident. Different stone formats are sensitively varied, the design continues in a reserved way in the wooden windows.



Sparsely used openings – the main entrance, the smaller side entrance and the narrow south window are – at second glance – recognizably modern, but in no way disturb the overall effect. The facades exude calm and serenity, the essence of the content, the library, is reserved and clear in the outdoor space. The facade stone also appears in the interior, here also used discreetly and cleverly – as a rounding off of the successful design of the exterior.


The considered and extremely sensitive use of this very own building material of mankind gives the now completed ensemble a matter of course, a lightness and last but not least an elegance that is second to none. A sentence by Jean Jaurès – often also attributed to Gustav Mahler – can be quoted here without hesitation: “Tradition is not the worship of the ashes, but the passing on of the fire.”



Library of the preacher seminar in the Loccum monastery by pape+pape architekten: Winner of the German Natural Stone Prize 2022 & winner in the category “Building in stock”, photo: Maja Wirkus, Kassel/Hamburg



Winner Category: Public, residential and commercial buildings National Museum Oslo, Norway

Architectural office: Klaus Schuwerk / Kleihues + Schuwerk, Naples

Natural stone used: Oppdal Skifer, Crailsheimer Muschelkalk, Estremoz, Nero Marquinia


Statement of the jury:

The Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is a museum of superlatives. It was created in 2003 as a merger of various museums, including the National Gallery, from which Edvard Munch’s famous work “The Scream” was stolen in 1994. This was not the only reason why a new building was necessary, the architectural competition for which was won in 2010 by the Kleihues + Schuwerk consortium.


Twelve years later, there is an impressive building in the center of Oslo that, despite its size, harmonises well with its important neighbors City Hall and Fortress. This is due to the urban planning strategy of forming a piazzetta together with two historic train station buildings, which leads into the museum building. But it is also due to the material of the outer walls: Norwegian quartzite slate cut across the bed is walled with long stones to form a wild bond, which gives the large volume a calm and sedentary effect. The unusual processing of the stone reveals a grain in close-up that Gerhard Richter could not have painted more beautifully.


The alabaster hall for the museum’s temporary exhibitions sits enthroned on the slate-clad volume. Marble from the Portuguese Estremoz integrated into the space between the panes of glass makes almost surreal-looking images of the interior possible. Not only did the architects of the National Museum come from Germany, but also the Crailsheim shell limestone flooring, which goes well with the Norwegian slate. The exterior and interior of the National Museum will attract many visitors – and hopefully keep art thieves away.




Winner in the “Public, Residential and Commercial Buildings” category: National Museum Oslo by architects Klaus Schuwerk / Kleihues + Schuwerk, photo: Iwan Baan



Winner category: Detached houses and villas Waidlerhaus smart.

The Kusser House, Auerbach Architects: Peter Haimerl, Munich

Natural stone used: Tittlinger granite


Statement of the jury:

If at first you feel uneasy about awarding a house with so much wood at the German Natural Stone Prize, this quickly turns into enthusiasm on closer inspection. In the Kusser house, local granite has been installed in a spectacular way, namely in huge individual parts. The architect Peter Haimerl has made something out of the fact that his builders not only appreciate natural stone, but even make a living from its innovative processing.


But instead of simply running a performance show of what great things can be built from the stone, the material is subjected to a higher order, in that the project is understood as an interpretation of a traditional house type in the Bavarian Forest, the Waidlerhaus. Its embedding in the gently sloping landscape, the materiality determined by wood and granite, and the typological order with elements such as “Gred”, “Flez” and “Herrgottswinkel” are transformed into an idiosyncratic family home. There is a certain sense of humor when the transformation process results in the cars driving up the slope into the attic and the water trough of the historical model mutating into a pool.


However, this one stands for the astonishing handling of the Tittlinger granite from the house of Kusser, because it is only composed of a few granite slabs. While the massive components in the house are certainly individual parts, one could assume with the pool that the builders could have foisted a possible series product on the architect with a wink.



Winner in the “Detached Houses and Villas” category: Waidlerhaus smart. The Kusser House by Peter Haimerl Architektur, photo: Edward Beierle, Munich



Winner category: landscape architecture and open space design

Environment Humboldt Forum, Berlin

Architectural office: bbz landscape architects, Berlin

Natural stone used: Granite, gneiss, diabase and basalt cobblestones made from used granite cobblestones from the Berlin area, Silesian granite, Epprechtsteiner granite, Warthau sandstone


Statement of the jury:

The environment of the Humboldt Forum – on the one hand close to the nucleus of urban development and a tourist ‘must-see’ in the context of the Museum Island, but on the other hand also a place where the wind whistles through the empty streets beyond the flow of visitors and where the history of the GDR has largely been erased. Based on the 2013 competition, the very complex planning and construction task was worked out and discussed over a period of almost ten years and ultimately implemented with impressive simplicity and sovereignty. In addition to the building of the Humboldt Forum, which continues to dominate, it is possible to combine calm simplicity with convincing details in the surrounding area. Playful changes in the worked colorful granite pavement, a finely modeled relief in the stone benches, soft depressions as seating niches worked into the heavy-weight, monolithic enclosing walls. All verticals are made of robust Epprechtsteiner granite, which will allow them to age over the coming decades, even with intensive urban use. The urban space in the vicinity of the Humboldt Forum is less hard, less Prussian strict than the mere city plan would suggest, thanks to the sensitively designed and implemented details. In the jury, the future viability of the ‘stone’ place is discussed critically, although the precise and subtly playful detailing and the sustainable use of materials are highly valued.




Winner in the “Landscape Architecture and Open Space Design” category: Surroundings Humboldt Forum in Berlin by bbz landschaftsarchitekten, photo: Lichtschwarmer, Berlin




Winner Category: Young Student Award

 Project design: Haus der Steine, Mörnsheim

Draft author: Paul Stampa, Dresden

Chosen natural stone: Jurassic limestone


Statement of the jury:

German Natural Stone Association e.V.

The museum, with its landmark that can be seen from afar, an exhibition tower, convinced the jury in the spatial structure of the building as well as in its derivation from a medieval castle. Not far from the quarry, an identity-creating place with a high recognition value will be created, which corresponds to the design task. The local Jura limestone is used as a matter of course in a manner appropriate to the material. The considerations on the constructive joints of the facades, right down to the technical details, show an intensive examination of the chosen material.



Winner in the “Student Young Talent Award” category: House of Stones by Paul Stampa



The German Natural Stone Prize is endowed with €5,000. The other category winners each receive prize money of €2,500.


The award ceremony with the announcement of the award-winning projects took place as part of an architecture congress “Future Natural Stone” at Stone+tec 2022, International Competence Forum Natural Stone and Stone Technology Trade Fair + Congress, on June 22nd, 2022 in Nuremberg.


The jury was made up of well-known architects and representatives of the natural stone industry:

Arch. Susanne Wartzeck (President BDA)

Arch. Florian Hartmann (dresterneplus Architects)

Arch. Thomas Albrecht (HILMER & SATTLER and ALBRECHT) Arch. Franz Reschke (FRL landscape architecture)

Arch. Prof. Benedikt Schulz (Schulz and Schulz Architects)


Hermann Graser (DNV President) Karl Tratz (DNV Vice President) Thomas Hippelein (DNV) Heinrich-Georg Hofmann (DNV) Albrecht Lauster (DNV)





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