The Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2009 - A Night to Remember

10 September 2009
The 2009 LEAF Awards took place on 4 September at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Berlin. The awards, sponsored by Emirates Glass, have rapidly become one of the most prestigious global architectural prizes acknowledging excellence in the international architectural, design and build professions. The awards are open to all companies, technologies and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the world of architecture and strive to set higher benchmarks for the design buildings of tomorrow.  

The biggest names in architecture from around the world gathered at Berlin's prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The event was hosted by actor, writer and comedian Neil Mullarkey and also featured fantastic entertainment throughout the night from Kit and the Widow.     This year's event highlighted the keen international competition with many leading names in the architectural and design fields, and several new and less-well-known organisations vying for the coveted awards across the many categories. The 11 award categories, including the new Master Planning & Landscaping Award as well as the Residential Building of the Year Award (Single and Multiple Occupancy), attracted entries from 26 countries worldwide.

The winners of each category, designed to celebrate architectural excellence in the fields of innovation, structural and interior design across both private and public sectors, are listed below.

  • Mixed-Use Building of the Year, sponsored by Bentley Systems: EAA-Emre Arolat Architects for 7800 Çe?me Residences & Hotel in Turkey

  • Residential Building of the Year (multiple occupancy), sponsored by Laufen Bathrooms AG: David Chipperfield Architects for Ninetree Village in China

  • Residential Building of the Year (single occupancy), sponsored by Laufen Bathrooms AG: Studio mk27 for Paraty House in Brazil

  • Commercial Building of the Year, sponsored by Bauporte Design Entrances: Woods Bagot for the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Qatar

  • Public Building of the Year, sponsored by Projecta B.V: gpy arquitectos for La Cisnera Community Centre in Spain

  • International Interior Design Award, sponsored by GranitiFiandre S.p.A: ATELIER BRÜCKNER GmbH for BMW Museum in Germany

  • Master Planning & Landscaping, sponsored by Trimo, d. d.: Strootman Landscape Architects & Palmbout Urban Landscapes for Wieringen Passage in the Netherlands

  • Young Architect, sponsored by VitrA: John Pardey Architects for Hind House in the UK

  • Best Sustainable Development, sponsored by Alcan Composites - Alucobond: Chetwoods Architects for Blue Planet, Chatterley Valley in the UK 

  • Best Structural Design of the Year, sponsored by Frener & Reifer Metallbau: Amanda Levete Architects for Spencer Dock Bridge in Ireland

  • LEAF Award Winner, sponsored by Emirates Glass: Woods Bagot for the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Qatar
In addition a Special Commendation Award was given to registered charity Article 25 for The Seismic-Resistant Housing in Pakistan. 

The ceremony concluded with the presentation of The LEAF Award to Woods Bagot who scooped this top prize at the Awards with their project, Qatar Science and Technology Park. The award was picked by the judges as the best overall project to be entered into this year's LEAF Awards.   This year's esteemed panel of judges comprised leading figures from the construction industry; Irving Brauer, Principal of Brauer Associates; Nicola Leonardi, Editor of The Plan Magazine; and Armand Terruli, an architect at Vector Foiltec and video artist.   The judges were particularly impressed with the diversity of the entries from around the globe. They included both small and large projects from both well- known and up-and-coming architects and designers for the future. With well over 150 entries received this year the judges were overwhelmed with a large and diverse range of projects from which to choose from.

Simona Kastly, LEAF Awards Director, commented: 'Now in their sixth year, the LEAF Awards have rapidly become one of the most prestigious international prizes in the architectural calendar, recognising the outstanding contribution made by international architects and designers.' Simona added 'This year's event was no exception with many entries of the highest calibre and an outstanding overall award winner in the Qatar Science and Technology Park.'

Plans for next year's LEAF Awards, which are to take place in London, are now well underway. With more than 400 leading industry figures expected to attend, the awards promise to be one of the social and networking highlights of the global architectural and design calendar. The LEAF Awards is a truly unique opportunity to celebrate the world's finest architecture and building design, and provide guests with an experience they will never forget. 

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Notes for Editor  
The LEAF Awards honour the architects designing the buildings and solutions that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural community. The awards are open to all individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the world of architecture. Previous winners have included the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, SOM, Steven Holl and Terry Farrell.  

We can provide photography of award winning entries from 2009, photos of the 2009 host Neil Mullarkey and photography from the 2009 ceremony as well as Paris Hilton with two award winners.

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