London 2012

About the 8th trophy

8th International Trophy

Hosted by British Gypsum

  • 66
    projects
  • 28
    countries
  • 6 awards
    categories
  • 6 new
    countries

Event Video

Award Categories

Winners

Project:
Zug Armory Transformation

Contractor:
Dämmtech. Nottwil GmbH

Represented by:
Thomas Amrein

This stone building in Zug dates from the 19th century and is listed as a historic monument. It was reduced to its basic structure before extensive dry walling work was carried out on all four levels. It now contains the civil and high courts of the Canton of Zug as well as the city library. Both the owner and the architect decided on plasterboard systems, suited to preserving the historic building’s integrity (as opposed to concrete or steel), to balance construction irregularities and meet stringent fire protection, sound insulation, energy efficiency and building physics constraints.

The judges were very impressed by the excellent collaboration between all project parties and the flow of information and know-how coupled with consistent use of plasterboard systems throughout the building to meet or exceed the demanding performance requirements of the project.

Project:
Yugoslav Film Archive Museum

Contractor:
Arhi.pro

Represented by:
Aleksandar & Anja Ivana Milić

The Film Archive Museum is a fabulous restoration project refurbished in an eclectic mixture of renaissance style with elements of romanticism.  The original design dates from the 19th century and the individual plaster elements were reproduced using gypsum plaster based on original photographs.  The building now has three modern floors of galleries, in harmony with the original design, completed under the supervision of the city authorities. This aesthetically impressive building centres round the original ceremonial hall, which will remain a national asset to be enjoyed for many generations.

The jury felt that the intricate plaster work restoration recreated the original features of the building. The ceremonial hall, in particular, is a great example of how old historic buildings can blend with new modern features.

Project:
T2 Dublin Airport

Contractor:
Oakleaf Contracts Ltd.

Represented by:
Michael Scullion

This 200 000m² building was built to alleviate congestion in the original part of the airport and improve customers’ experience. It was necessary to construct within the existing operating environment of a busy international airport. Due to the scale and size of the project, 22 different types of partitions were used with differing acoustic, fire and thermal resistance performance criteria.

The judges chose this project because “it is a superb example of how several different partition systems can perform in different parts of the building.  The systems in Terminal 2 combined, security, acoustics, fire, impact and elaborate aesthetics all merging together seamlessly. A high degree of bespoke metal and board lengths were used, increasing the complexity. The obvious partnership approach between Gyproc and installer teams delivered this high performance building to a very high specification”.

Project:
The Aquatics Centre

Contractor:
MPG Group

Represented by:
Michael Gavin

This iconic building, the venue for swimming, diving and water polo activities during the 2012 Olympic games, comprises medical, research, administrative and creche facilities. The partitions throughout use Moisture Resistant grade plasterboard and acoustic ceilings in public circulation areas

The Judges agreed “the challenge of creating a venue with a short term objective for use during the games coupled with high performance and a need to make partitions demountable for the longer term use of the building demonstrated the flexibility and sustainability of lightweight partition solutions”.

Project:
Central Plaza Hotel

Contractor:
Pro Instal SRL

Represented by:
Iulian Balint

The contractor chose an innovative solution to extend the ground floor and the 13th floor, using Aquaroc cement boards for the exterior layer. This pioneering cement boards solved all particular challenges generated by the refurbishment of this old hotel: lightweight, fire resistance, moisture and resistance to high wind loads. Due to ease of workability, exterior walls were rapidly installed and work finished 4 months earlier than scheduled.

The Judges remarked that “The interior surprises the eye with its spectacular design and clever use of warm light which transforms and redesigns space. Design and functionality complement each other in a dynamic spectacle of abstract flowing shapes, while also respecting all technical specifications.

Project:
Nørremøllecentret

Contractor:
PL. Entrerprise A/S

Represented by:
Jens Koefoed

This is a new build section on to an existing healthcare facility.  The intention was to increase the size of the facility using up to date technologies, while retaining the homely feel in the nursing home. There was a time deadline to be met on this project and all key building constructions were based on innovative light weight systems . The use of value added light weight building systems boards and metal  was extremely high to achieve the required performance. The performance complexity required strong liaison between all parties from planning and design to installation, and between them  created a new way to use Saint-Gobain products in combination with other products.

The judges felt that this was a worthy winner, as although not a landmark building, the use of lightweight systems was effective in achieving complex performance requirements for energy efficiency, acoustic and fire performance. This is truly a good example of our vision within innovative light weight building systems in a functional healthcare facility.

Runners-up

Project:
Saint-Martin's Church

Contractor:
Entreprise Lagarrigue

Represented by:
Mathieu Bes

The restoration of the vaulted ceilings in this 16th century Roman church were reinstated to their original state using modern techniques including the use of Megastil steel frames and carefully applied plaster. Due to difficulty of access, all plasters were hand applied to a very high quality finish to allow painters to apply a lime distemper making this a truly wonderful restoration project.

The judges were very impressed with the use of modern lightweight building systems to complete the restoration of this building, and in particular the vaulted ceilings.

Project:
Niemeyer Centre

Contractor:
AISVENOR

Represented by:
Marco Antonio Torres & Carmela Torres

This Arts centre is an impressive modern design, intended to be the centre of cultural activity in Asturias, hosting a wide variety of events including concerts, dance, gala evenings and live performances. A centre dome showcases the workmanship on this project.

The judges were impressed by the way the plasterboard systems were used to form the many shapes necessary to complete the design. This coupled with the high performance in terms of acoustics management, insulation, thermal and fire criteria, make this a very impressive project.

Project:
Titanic Signature Building

Contractor:
Martin McLaughlin Drylining Ltd.

Represented by:
Martin McLaughlin & John Gahan

This is a truly Landmark building, set to become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, commemorating the Titanic cruise liner. It is located in the original shipbuilding yard where the Titanic was built and combines 6 floors of steel and glass, housing 14 000m² of civic museum, cafes, and a conference centre.

The Judges commented “The building itself is visually striking and the interior finish mirrors the overall effect by intelligent design, excellent functionality and high levels of workmanship”. One of the key challenges of the project was to develop a bespoke wall lining system that could be fixed to the exterior cladding rails and mirror the angle of the structural wing-tips.

Project:
Stadskantoor Nieuwegein

Contractor:
MAT afbouw B.V.

Represented by:
Marco Mooren

The town hall of Nieuwegein offers room for a substantial diversity of disciplines, including a library, centre of fine arts, social centre, social security offices and a number of retail outlets. The ambition of the town hall is to be a central community point for information, services, wellbeing, culture, meeting and debate.

The Judges were “particularly impressed with the level of team work on this project, with the contractor not only responsible for the installation of the systems but also contributing to the unique design and performance requirements. The stairway was clearly an eye catcher and a real challenge for the contractor to install.  The high acoustic performance combined with the height and the difficult construction conditions were very challenging and demonstrated real innovation in the installation of light weight systems”.

Project:
Residential Complex Rome

Contractor:
RM controsoffitti srl, Grotte Santo Stefano (VT)

Represented by:
Renato Rossetti

The new complex in Casalotti, a rapidly expanding district in the northwest area of Rome, is a “pilot project” capable of ensuring maximum home comfort, an example of a building innovation and study prototype that can be repeated in the historical context of the Italian capital. The habito CASA COMFORT system provides suitable mechanical strength and high levels of thermal and sound insulation to all internal walls, partitions between property units, wall linings and lowered ceilings.

Judges’ comments included a reference to how this project, in its development context, becomes an example of technology and environmental sustainability not just for sector operators but also for the end user, who can appreciate its benefits in terms of home comfort when compared to traditional systems.

Project:
Humboldt Lecture Theatre

Contractor:
Möbel Damm GmbH

Represented by:
Detlef Damm

This lecture theatre is a renovation project which was designed based on the specific use of the building. The interaction of smooth, sound-reflecting and sound-absorbing perforated boards on the ceiling and walls created an acoustically effective overall structure. The shingle-type ceiling design gives the room an attractive appearance which is emphasized by the combination of variable indirect and direct lighting.

The judges praised the craftsmanship demonstrated by the contractor in this project which perfectly interpreted the planned design and delivered the required performance for the lecture theatre.  This room now offers a comfortable and effective space for the users coupled with a high visual impact.

Jury and Judging

Meet the jury

In order to ensure that entries will be judged on an equitable basis, specific judging criteria were developed for this purpose and the International Jury was selected via a thorough process.

The 8th International Jury was comprised of 8 members, a mix of central experts, country delegates and external contacts.

Judging process

Prior to the international awards event, the jury panel will meet (physically or virtually) to receive the project presentations and vote for each project according to the pre-defined judging criteria. To ensure fairness and continuity all projects in the same category will be grouped together in the same judging session.

Trophy Book

An interactive book has been released after the ceremony. It contains all the nominated projects for the 2012 Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy and much more information. You can read it online on your computer and download it as a pdf file.