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The German Facade Award will become… The Brillux Design Award

The Design Award is awarded biannually by Brillux for outstanding design and execution of paintwork. And it's the only prize that honors planners, those who undertake the work, and the client as a whole.

Take part! The chance to win these coveted awards will take you to new dimensions:

  • Limitless: Objects across the world can be submitted provided they were implemented using Brillux products.
  • Well-sorted: The Brillux Design Award will be presented in six updated categories.
  • From 2019 onward, the award also honors the best interior design.
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Winners and nominees of 2019

Winners and nominees of 2019

The winners in six different categories, among them two for the interior, were chosen from 20 nominees overall.


The categories

Different facets, styles and options

The Brillux Design Award shows – across borders, in outdoor and indoor spaces, in new and existing buildings – how exemplary designs can enrich, develop and visually transform our living spaces and cities. The Brillux Design Award is given to objects whose architecture and trade designs and builders fall into six different categories.

1. Residential buildings

The category includes residential buildings with unique colored facade designs as well as renovations of existing buildings and new builds alike. All building types, from single-family homes to apartment buildings, terraces to high-rise buildings, can be submitted. Buildings with mixed use of housing and commerce are also assigned to this category if the residential element is predominant. Whether the building forms part of the city or the living environment plays an important role in the evaluation. Likewise, facades that have been implemented with an ETIC System also participate in this category. Here, existing and new builds can be submitted if they have been wholly or partially refurbished with ETICS to be more energy-efficient.

2. Public buildings

This category includes exemplary facade designs for public buildings such as schools, kindergartens, social institutions, and museums – both in existing and new buildings. Temporary public uses can also be assigned to this category.   

3. Commercial buildings

Masterfully designed building envelopes of office and commercial buildings, factory and warehouse buildings, and residential and commercial buildings with a predominantly commercial use are included in this category.

4. Historical buildings / stylized facades

The buildings that are submitted, whether single family homes or apartment buildings, should feature colors that are appropriate to the style or historical era. There should be a harmonious interplay of components, materials and colors.

5. Interior concepts for living

Harmonious interior concepts that respond to the respective needs of the user – in particular through the color design – can be submitted in this category. Submissions can come from all areas of daily life – from residential construction to care facilities to exhibition rooms.

6. Interior concepts for working

This category includes contemporary interior concepts for workspaces that contribute to a good working atmosphere, particularly through their color design. In addition to offices, this includes all areas where work is carried out – from schools to workshops.

Special award for ETICS facade designs

Social and ecological aspects are playing an increasing role in the design process these days, when either building or renovating. Preserving the climate, using resources responsibly, and preserving built values are becoming increasingly important to more and more builders, and in turn, this shift in attitudes is being passed on to the various trades. The Brillux Design Award also reflects current contemporary projects and highlights groundbreaking solutions.

All submissions in the four facade competition categories, in which external thermal insulation is part of the designed building envelope, are entered into the special prize category for "Energy-efficient Facade Systems (ETICS)". In this special award, the high-caliber jury evaluates existing and new buildings that have been designed or renovated in whole or in part with ETICS, in an energy-efficient manner.

The detailed, high-quality design of the ETICS facade is taken into account, as well as the impact of the design – from the choice of the final coating and its color to the integration of design elements.

Your benefit

Image promotion and reputation

The award for outstanding facade and interior design is an important award that is given only to the best projects: The Brillux Design Award expert jury nominates the three most outstanding entries in each of the six categories and selects the respective winner of the category from these nominees. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to which all nominees are invited.

Added value for nominees and winners

The best of the Brillux Design Award, endowed with prize money totaling €25,000, can expect high acknowledgment for their performance, a great deal of interest from the media and the industry, and an effective means to market their success. In addition, the prizewinners and nominees will receive professional photographic material of their award-winning projects as well as editorial reports for their own PR activities.

Award winners show even more presence

The winners of the Brillux Design Award benefit from a high media presence: Following the awards ceremony, trade journals from the fields of architecture, housing and crafts will report in detail on the winning projects as well as those involved. New advertising and PR measures will also make the winners of the competition visible to customers and the public.

Brillux Design Award: Logo

The winners and nominees are entitled to display the Brillux Design Award logo in their print and online media in order to draw attention to their award or nomination.

Brillux Design Award: Project guide

The nominated projects in the competition will be listed and presented on a map on the award website. Interested parties can use this guide to find out where the award-winning project can be found as well as who planned and executed it.

Striking extras

The winning package also includes a sticker set with which the Brillux Design Award can be presented to the outside world (e.g. on quotation letters or other business communication). A weatherproof, metal logo will also be presented to the award winners.

The jury

An internationally experienced jury of experts will award the prizes

The competition was able to attract independent, internationally experienced experts from architecture, interior design, and trade for the jury. They evaluate the submissions and nominate the finalists in a transparent selection process.

For the facade, the jury focuses on the harmonious interplay of components, materials, and colors as well as their successful integration into the architectural environment. In interior design, the focus is on the implementation of color concepts that successfully combine the requirements for use and interior design.

This competition honors projects characterized by outstanding design and architecture combined with high quality craftsmanship that were realized between January 2019 and December 2020 with Brillux products.

The Brillux Design Award promotes the preservation and strengthening of an identity-creating and livable environment. This special architectural cultural aspiration is particularly reflected in the interdisciplinary composition of the jury.

Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir

Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir, architect, LRO Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Stuttgart

Martin Haas

Martin Haas, Architect, Graduate Engineer, MSc, haas cook zemmrich STUDIO2050, Stuttgart

Ulrike Kerber

Prof. Ulrike Kerber, Interior Designer, Graduate Engineer Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Detmold

Christian Mohr

Christian Mohr, Business Graduate, Managing Director Malerwerkstätten Mohr, Bochum

Reiner Nagel

Reiner Nagel, Architect & City Planner, Chair Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam

Simeon Sollberger

Simeon Sollberger, Managing Director Sollberger Maler AG, Baselland

Roger Riewe

Prof. Roger Riewe, Architekt, Graduate Engineer, Riegler Riewe Architekten, Graz/Berlin

Karsten Wedeward

Karsten Wedeward, Managing Director Hubert Jürgens Malereibetrieb GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg

Gregor Cramer

Gregor Cramer, Managing Director cramer-concept-store, Rheinbach

The dates

The dates at a glance

Announcement and start of submission period: May 2020 → Submission deadline: December 31, 2020 → Jury session: Spring 2021 → Awards ceremony: Spring 2022

The history

The history: previously Facade Award – now Design Award

The Brillux Design Award was awarded for the first time in 2019 and looks back at 25 years of history.

With the realignment as the Brillux Design Award, the next level has been reached when it comes to design and processing. Be inspired by the work: Here you can find detailed information on the properties that have won since 2016 as well as overviews of the prize winners from previous invitations to tender.

Winners of 2019


Anniversary award winners