About the 9th Trophy
9th International Trophy
Hosted by Rigips Germany
Innovation & Sustainability
This category recognizes projects that excel in their global environmental approach by highlighting the use of environmentally friendly construction products: EPDs, indoor air quality, recycling content, acoustic management, visual comfort, hygrothermal comfort and green building certifications (LEED, BREEAM, DGHNB, HQE, Green Mark, etc.). Recognition is also given to projects that have: exemplary or innovative construction sites, innovative solutions, found technical ways to reduce installation time without compromising the high quality result.
Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building, or the refurbishment of an existing building. They must include at least two sectors in the overall project with one preferably from the commercial, leisure or retail sector. Projects can vary in size from small to very large but they must uniquely display the use of performance based systems relevant to their sectors. The application of plasterboard solutions in the building interiors may be comprised of walls, ceilings and floors.
The plaster category comprises all projects where Gypsum plaster products and systems are applied resulting in unique interiors and the highest quality surface finishing (even under the toughest lighting conditions). From traditional handiwork to machine applied projection and plasterboard finishing, all outstanding interior plaster solutions may be submitted.
Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building, or the refurbishment of an existing building. The building types may be freely chosen. They may vary from small building interiors to very large complex projects and do not need to offer specific performances relevant to any sector. The application of plasterboard solutions in the building interiors may be comprised of walls, ceilings and floors.
Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building, or the refurbishment of an existing building in any of the following sectors: Education, Healthcare, Hotel. They can vary in size from small to very large projects but they must uniquely display the use of performance based systems relevant to their sector. The application of plasterboard solutions in the building interiors may be comprised of walls, ceilings and floors.
Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building, or the refurbishment of an existing building in the Residential sector. They can vary in size from small to very large projects but they must uniquely display the use of performance based systems or aesthetic enhancements relevant to the Residential sector. The application of plasterboard solutions in these interiors may be comprised of walls, ceilings and floors.
KAA Gent’s new football stadium hosts football and corresponding facilities, offices and commercial activities. Polish architect ‘Mac’ Stopa (Massive Design) designed the concept for the 200,000 m² interior with various entrances, a lobby, ticketing areas, bars, restaurants (incl. 1* Michelin) and VIP lounges. The handsome design plays off of the geometric shapes of a football and the club’s blue color. The goal was to create an environment that intensifies the experience of football fans. When you enter through the VIP entrance you are guided past organically shaped Gyproc ceiling islands and reflective GypArt columns. The use of our materials shows that a designer look can go hand in hand with functionality. This ‘soccer temple’ deservedly won the interior prize in Contract Design Magazine’s sport category award in New York.
Judge’s Comment: “An incredible achievement of high workmanship and cooperation brought this project to the premier league of building projects…”
Mafraq Hospital, first established in 1983, has undergone a US$870 million major expansion that will see The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) triple the number of treatment rooms to 690 beds - sufficient to cover the city's demand until post-2018. The site now spans an area of 306,803m2 with a built up area of 246,118m2 across four patient towers of 10-12 stories. The facility will house two Royal suites and 32 VVIP suites. The original hospital, which is among the oldest in Abu Dhabi, will benefit from the new energy-efficient building addition through waste water recycling, fibre-optical interior sun lighting and solar panels – not to mention the regeneration of the site.
Judge’s Comment: “A great example of a project where the contractor and specification team worked closely to achieve an impressive end result.”
The project deals with the restoration of the synagogue of Mulhouse. Built in the middle of the 19th century (1846 to 1849), this historical building is located in the heart of Mulhouse. It is a classified “historical monument.” On the 11th of April 2010, a short-circuit in the electric system of the organ caused a disastrous fire. Major parts of the interior of the synagogue were destroyed, notably the cornices of the ceiling, and the pilasters and coves of the walls. The aim of this project was to identically rebuild the synagogue as it was before the fire.
Judge’s Comment: “Working to a very tight deadline this renovation project involved the complete restoration of intricate plasterwork following a devastating fire.”
The “German Theatre” was built in the 19th century as a luxury entertainment location. During World War II the theatre was bombed and then rebuilt in the 50’s. In 2008, due to fire security problems and outdated building equipment, a huge renovation project was started. The master piece of this project consists of a three dimensional perforated ceiling, which required excellent illumination of the auditorium as well as a perfect acoustic performance.
Judge’s comment: “This renovation project involved not just restoring the building but enhancing it with modern performance and aesthetics.”
Inspired by humanity’s ancient origins, Gauteng’s new Cradlestone Mall is a monument to a bright and bold tomorrow. On the edge of the Cradle of Humankind, one of eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in South Africa, Cradlestone Mall has been built to serve the needs of the growing residential and business population to the northwest of Johannesburg. The architect used the layering of strata as a unique design theme and inspiration for the mall, from the coloring of the exteriors right through to the jagged, jutting shapes that give the mall its dynamic angular expression. All the materials used in the installation had to reflect the design inspiration while achieving the high level of acoustic and aesthetic appeal. The main feature of the project is the ceiling above the food court and entertainment area. The installation of the ceiling was designed to contour the jagged shape of the “Armadillo–style” roof, which has been framed by thr ee dimensional bulkheads.
Judge’s Comment: "The unique armadillo shaped roofline coupled with a flawless finish exposed to extreme light and a high level of acoustic performance makes this the winner in the commercial sector."
The Casino 2000 of Mondorf-les-Bains is located in the spa town Mondorf-les-Bain, close to the French border, in Luxembourg. The entrance hall and cloak rooms of the casino were extended. The total size of the building is 3000 m², from which 700 m² were worked upon. To enhance the entrance hall, the architect has designed a 600 m² undulated ceiling, with waves that all have a unique shape. Furthermore, this ceiling integrates original lightening effects, and a hydronic radiant heating and cooling system!
Judge’s Comment: “This was a highly complex project which required not only a high level of skill but a great deal of courage and conviction to bring this 1st to world concept in to reality.“
The Coca Building (Marsan residence) is a high-specification residential building in the centre of the city of Valladolid. Not only has attention been paid to the quality of its finishes, but it is also the first building in Castilla-León to receive the Q+ Sound Quality certificate. This was issued after the work performed in the design and construction phases passed the control and monitoring audits. Gaining this distinction was made possible by using SICAE. This is the comprehensive rating system for sound certification in buildings which the Audiotec Acoustic Technology Centre validates and implements.
Judge’s Comment: “A strong collaboration between the parties resulted in a residential project with improved sound and thermal quality while providing Optimization of space."
The “Institut d’Etudes Politiques” de Lyon is one of the leading French universities for political sciences. The aim of this project was to transform a bearing chamber into an auditorium of 650 m² and 240 seats. The architect had the very original idea to dry line all the walls of the auditorium with RigitoneTM, a completely seamless and monolithic system, which is normally dedicated to ceiling applications. It was an ambitious project, as it had to address important acoustic requirements in terms of sound absorption, and it was a real architectural challenge.
Judge’s Comment: “A Renovation and conversion project which allowed for the sector needs to be met through strong collaboration and consideration for the users of the building.”
Since 1653 there have been 4 theatres on the current site of Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. The current theatre dates from 1812 and the Rotunda and Saloon are examples are early 19th century architecture. To help celebrate the theatre’s 350 year anniversary the Royal Staircases, Grand Saloon and Rotunda were restored. The fine enrichments and details were very fragile and these were removed to form casts of leaves and cornice with Fine Casting Plaster and then reinstated and blended in with the new castings. The Georgian construction was updated to allow integration with modern mechanical and electrical installation, air conditioning and lighting, with the need for flexibility using plaster in a traditional manor as well as innovative ways to blend new with old. In keeping with the beautiful design aesthetics of the building, exemplar detailing throughout the impressive interior include beautifully finished ceilings, pillars and archways.
Judge’s comment: “The complete refurbishment of this theatre including arched walls and an impressive domed ceiling will give theatre goes in London pleasure for many years…”
Erasmus Medisch Onderwijscentrum is an academic medical education facility connected to the largest hospital in the Netherlands. The education facility was demolished and a new facility was connected to the existing structure. The contractor and Van Vonderen only had the architect’s vision to work off of and therefore a very close corporation was necessary. The central study square is located in the heart of the facility and all corridors lead here. The high acoustics and indoor air quality demands along with aesthetic demands that required several intricate details with curved, angled, and falling details were required.
Judge’s comment: “A high performing facility which provides enhanced comfort and air quality coupled with stunning aesthetics.”
El Faro, at over 66,000 m², is the largest shopping, leisure and restaurant centre in Extremadura, and has 2,500 parking spaces and over 100 retail units. The design was BREEAM certified and rated “very good,” thus demonstrating its firm commitment to energy efficiency and the well-being of its users. Use of water, energy and materials is economized and it offers users a high comfort level. The architecture studio’s concept for the shopping mall was to create a cool relaxing environment to contrast with the dryness of the surrounding area by using plants, water and natural light.
Judge’s Comment: “A retail mall with high performance coupled with bespoke aesthetic pieces made out of 6 layers of plasterboard, a true artisan approach was needed to complete this project is just 12 weeks.”
“My Green Kentucky Home” aims to lead the industry by being the first LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy, and Net Zero Water home in the state. In addition, contractor Sy Safi with GCCM Construction Services formed a team with the homeowners, architect, engineer, green consultant, and subcontractors to transform the residential construction process, taking a commercial industry-like approach from design to completion via design charrette, team decision discussions, installation training, and home tours. GCCM chose Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed to help construct “My Green Kentucky Home” because of the alignment in Sustainable Habitat philosophy and goals. This 21st century home was designed and built to be an example and inspiration for all to create awareness of our world’s greatest challenges in sustainability of health, environment and climate change.
Judge’s Comment: “A good example of how using the right mix of products in the right spaces can bring a truly sustainable home. A leading example of how a sustainable home should be created.”
Brunsfield Residence @ U-Thant is a well-designed and sustainable exclusive eco-lifestyle residence in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Each unit boasts an area of 3,000 ft² to 6,000 ft², depending on the various unit types. With the rising demand for material that achieves thermal and acoustic comfort, impact and moisture resistance as well as superior finish appearance, Brunsfield Residence @ U-Thant entrusted Gyproc® systems and products to meet their requirement.
Judge’s Comment: “An eco-lifestyle building is leading the way through the use of lightweight systems which allowed for greater floor space due to thinner than conventional masonry walls, coupled with high performance with thermal and acoustic comfort, impact and moisture resistance as well as superior finish appearance.”
Construction began on the extension to the existing Glenstal Abbey School in January 2013 consisting of a new 2,541sq.m. 3-story classroom extension, with a total of 18 Classrooms, 3 Science Laboratories, Administrative Offices and general refurbishment to the existing school which is a protected structure. The new building was constructed using a reinforced concrete and steel frame and is Irelands first Activ’Air school. Glenstal Abbey School is a fee-paying seven-day boarding secondary school for boys, located on the grounds of Glenstal Abbey, in Murroe, County Limerick. It is run by monks of the Benedictine order with a student body of 300.
Judge’s Comment: “This combined renovation and extension to a very old building allowing for the adoption of the needs of the educational sector made this project a strong choice for the judges.”
Jury and Judging
Meet the Jury
The International Trophy Jury is composed of an international, independent panel of gypsum industry experts. They are capable of judging the technical skills of drywall contractors and the overall performance of the systems and solutions implemented during the course of the projects. The panel is selected by the Gypsum Activity Central Marketing Team to guarantee objectivity and to ensure full comprehension of all technical aspects.
Judging for the International Trophy is a demanding and challenging process. In order to ensure that all entries will be judged on an equitable basis, specific judging criteria were developed and the International Jury Committee was selected via a thorough process.
The 9th International Jury is comprised of 9 members, a mix of central experts and country delegates.
Jury President - Gypsum Activity Global Marketing Manager
Rupert has been in the building materials industry for 18 years. This is the fifth Saint-Gobain International trophy awards which he has been involved in and the third time on the Jury. In addition to other marketing roles and support for a number of countries, he is also responsible for the Global Product Management of Building Plasters and Plasterboard Finishing within the activity.
Jury Member - Gypsum Activity Global Product Marketing Manager
Davy has been in the building industry for 12 years and in the gypsum industry for 7 years. He is currently in charge of developing the acoustic insulation and indoor air quality domain and its products and solutions. Previously he worked as Technical Development Manager, Product Manager and Innovation Manager for Gyproc in Belgium.
Jury Member - Gypsum Activity Global Marketing Manager - Sales E2
Patrick has been in the building material industry for 22 years. He has been involved in five Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy awards, was Jury president for the past two events and is centrally responsible for organising this year’s awards programme. He is also responsible for a number of central marketing functions including the technical training programme, sales E2 programme and commercial support for several fast growth regions.
Jury Member - Gypsum Activity Global Marketing Manager
Romuald has been in the building industry for 15 years and in the gypsum industry for 9 years. He is currently in charge of developing a market segment approach on the Healthcare and Education sectors internationally and he is responsible for sustainability topics within the Activity. Previously he worked as Communications Director for Placo in France and he was a jury member at the 7th and 8th Saint-Gobain Gypsum Internatiional Trophies, held in Amsterdam and London.
German Delegate - Rigips Germany Head of Application Technology
Sven has been in the building material industry for 18 years. He studied civil engineering in Darmstadt. Currently he is focused on system development. Another key aspect of his business is standardization and support activities in the German Gypsum association. Besides he was responsible for the organization of the SG Rigips sponsorship activities at the competition World Skills 2013 in Leipzig.
Irish Delegate - Gyproc & Isover Ireland Building Physics Manager
Fintan is an Architectural and Environmental consultant by background working in the construction industry for over 20 years and in the gypsum industry for 3 years including a secondment in 2013 to the department of Energy for the development of the Irish residential retrofit financing strategy. He was a jury member for the Isover Energy Efficiency Awards in 2012. Fintan manages the technical department and Advocacy strategy in Ireland.
French Delegate - Placo France Key Account manager
Franck has been working for Placoplatre for 21 years. As Specification Key Account Manager, he coordinates a sales team of 20, dedicated to specification. He has presented the French projects in two editions of the International Trophy and will participate for the second time as an international jury member.
Dutch Delegate - Gyproc Netherlands Manager Innovation & Technology
Ad studied Building Technology at the Technical University in Eindhoven. He joined the company in March 1988 and started his career at research & technical services. Since 1991 he is responsible for the technical department. He has an active role in various external technical committees and working groups. Ad was a jury member several times for the National Trophy in the Netherlands as well as for the International Trophy.
Italian Delegate - Gyproc Italy Key Project Manager
Federica studied Civil Engineering at the Politecnico in Milan. She started in Saint-Gobain Distribution as Technical Manager and later as Product Manager. From 2010 till 2013 she was in charge of developing the start-up of Saint-Gobain Solar in Italy. Since mid-2013 she is in charge of SG Gypsum Italian Key Projects, developing relationships with the major Architects, Designers, Construction companies and Real Estate.
A set of judging criteria exists for each award category:
- Plasterboard Criteria
- Plaster Criteria
- Innovation & Sustainability Criteria
- Mixed Commercial Criteria
- Segment Solutions Criteria
- Residential Criteria
An interactive book has been released after the ceremony. It contains all the nominated projects for the 2014 Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy and much more information. You can read it online or download it on your computer, as a pdf file.