About the 10th Trophy
10th International Trophy
Hosted by Saint-Gobain Rigips Czech Republic
Projects in this category must be interior spaces and environments within a new building, or the refurbishment of an existing building. The type of buildings within this category may be freely chosen. They can vary from interiors for single small buildings to very large complex projects not necessarily offering specific performances relevant to any sector. Recognition is given to the technical application of plasterboard solutions in the interiors of these buildings may comprise walls, ceilings and floors.
The category plaster comprises all projects where Gypsum plaster products and systems are applied resulting in unique interiors, exteriors and highest quality surface finishing (even under the toughest lighting conditions). From traditional handwork to machine applied projection and plasterboard finishing, all outstanding plastering interior solutions may be submitted under this category.
Innovation & sustainability
This category recognizes projects offering innovative solutions, like the treatment of indoor air, or using plaster-based solutions in an unusual way. Recognition is also given to technical ways to reduce installation time and increase ease of installation and, in general, the search for a better productivity to the benefit of the quality of the result. This category also recognizes projects which excel in their global environmental approach applying for building certifications (LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, HQE, Green Mark…) and highlighting the contribution and sustainable qualities of the solutions installed through EPDs for example. Recognition is also given to exemplary or innovative construction sites with optimised management or waste recycling for example.
Education, healthcare and hospitality
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 sectors of Education, Healthcare and Hospitality (school, university, hospital, 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 the sector. The application of plasterboard solutions in the interiors of these buildings may comprise 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 sector. The application of plasterboard solutions in the interiors of these buildings may comprise walls, ceilings and floors.
Non-residential buildings including leisure & retail - 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 sectors but to include at least 2 sectors in the overall project with one preferably being from commercial, leisure or retail. They can vary in size from small to very large projects but they must uniquely display the use of some performance based systems relevant to the sectors included in the mixed use project. The application of plasterboard solutions in the interiors of these buildings may comprise walls, ceilings and floors.
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 will be selected via a thorough process. The 10th International Jury will be comprised of a mix of central experts and country delegates.
Prior to the international awards event the jury panel will meet (physically or virtually) on April 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th, 2016 to receive the project presentations and vote for each project according to the pre-defined criteria. To ensure fairness and continuity, all projects in the same category are viewed in the same session.
Jury President - Gypsum Activity Global Marketing Manager
Romuald has been in the building industry for 17 years and in the gypsum industry for 11 years. He is currently in charge of supporting the South East Asian businesses in their marketing activities, as well as being responsible for communications, branding and sustainability topics within the Activity. With a background in civil engineering, he previously worked as Marketing Communications Director for Placo in France and he has been a jury member since the 7th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy in 2010 held in Amsterdam.
Jury Member - Gypsum Activity Global Marketing Manager
Rupert has been in the building materials industry for 20 years. This is the sixth Saint-Gobain International trophy awards which he has been involved in and the fourth 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
Miles joined the building industry as an architect working in the UK on commercial projects. He has been in the Gypsum industry for over 20 years in the technical specification and design market, as well as in key account rolls. He is currently in charge of specification development in the Gypsum Activity. BIM is a topic area that he is developing for the group. Miles has been involved in the Saint-Gobain International Trophy awards for the last four events, and this will be his third time on the Jury.
Jury Member - Gypsum Activity Global Product Manager
Ashutosh has been in the Gypsum industry for the last 10 years. He is currently in charge of developing a market segment approach for the Hospitality sector internationally, and for the Global Product Management of indoor air quality and lightweight boards within the activity. He has a diverse and in depth knowledge of the construction products industry, with the multi comfort approach being one of his key areas of interest and expertise. He has been instrumental in leading the National Trophy event in India since its inception in 2012.
Jury Member - Rigips Austria & EAR Marketing Manager
Katrin has been working for Rigips Austria for over 20 years, first joining the company in November 1993. Previously she worked for a publishing company, writing for the official textile magazine; the step from “fashion” to “building” was a successful one – starting out in the Communications division, Katrin went on to become Head of Marketing for Rigips Austria in 2008, managing several cross functional responsibilities for Austria and EAR for the dry lining and powder business. Katrin has been involved in the jury procedure since the premier of the Austrian National Trophy in 1998.
Jury Member – Gyproc Netherlands Manager Innovation & Technology
Ad joined Saint Gobain in March 1988 and started his career in research & technical services, previously having studied Building Technology at the Technical University in Eindhoven. Since 1991 he has been responsible for the technical department of Gyproc Netherlands. He has an active role in various external technical committees and working groups. Ad has been a jury member several times for the National Trophy in the Netherlands, as well as for the International Trophy.
Jury Member - British Gypsum National Technical and training Representative
David is a professionally qualified plasterer with 18 years of experience in the Construction Industry, having worked on large dry lining projects as well as plastering projects. He has 9 years of experience in teaching the plastering qualifications at all levels in the NVQ/QCF Awards and the new construction Diploma Awards within further education Colleges in the UK. David is one of four individuals who judge the plastering and dry-lining competitions for Skillbuild UK and also helps to judge the team selection for UK world skills competitions. His responsibilities are to look after the college partnerships, Skillbuild UK as well as supporting the launch of new products and systems to market. This is David’s first time taking part in the International Trophy.
Jury Member - Gyproc South Africa Head of Marketing
Atisha has been in the building industry for 17 years and started her Gypsum career almost ten years ago. She is a Green Star Accredited Professional for both the New build and Interiors rating tools of the Green Building Council of South Africa, and has served as Deputy Chief Expert for Plastering & Drywall on the global judging panel of the WorldSkills International Competition. In her current capacity as Head of Marketing she is responsible for the creation, communication and delivery of a unifying marketing strategy that also supports the objectives of the Sustainable Habitat strategy.
Jury Member - Placo France R&D&Innovation Director
Yves has been working for Placoplatre for 30 years, after having initially spent 5 years with Weber. He is currently R&D&Innovation Director after acquiring a strong background in Marketing, Quality, Process and Standardization (Chairman of CEN Technical Committee for Gypsum Products). This is the first time he will be part of the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy jury while he was part of the French National Trophy jury before.
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
The Philharmonie de Paris opened its doors in January 2015. The project presented concerns the Symphonic Hall, known as the “Grande Salle”: a state-of-the-art facility for national and international symphony orchestras. The Symphonic Hall is a remarkable architectural feat; an ‘enveloping’ auditorium with a capacity of 2,400 seats, that immerses the audience providing a uniquely intimate listening experience.
The acoustical program called for great clarity of sound combined with high reverberation, as well as significant lateral reflections and a close, intimate feeling. The solution was found in a daring system of floating balconies which creates the intimacy, and the outer shell, which produces the high reverberation. Ile de France Plâtrerie had been commissioned to realise the outer shell of the Symphonic Hall, a completely dissymmetric structure made of plaster, up to 26 metres high, 10 cm thick and including 5,785 cubic sound absorbers of fibrous plaster.
Judge’s Comment: “This is an outstanding project that marries technical form with a stunning visual appearance.”
J. W. Marriot is a 5-star luxury hotel. This new luxury hotel offers 585 rooms and boasts an unparalleled location in the heart of the vibrant suburb of Andheri, adjacent to the Mumbai International airport. All 585 guest rooms as well as banquet halls, spa, gymnasium and BOH areas are constructed with international standard acoustic comfort and fire safety. Gyproc drywall was adopted for all internal walls including wet area walls and value added plasterboards e.g. Fireline, Moisture resistance and fibre cement board were also used.
Judge’s Comment: “Excellent collaboration between the Saint-Gobain team and the contractor resulted in the installation of an abundance of value-added and technical drywall solutions.”
On the 25th of November 2011, a short-circuit in the lighting system of the Catholic Church of Gerstheim located in the Alsace region caused a disastrous fire. Major parts of this gothic church were destroyed, including the ceiling and roof structure, and only the walls were left over. The aim of the community was to rebuild the church, identically to how it was before the fire. Werey & Stenger’s task consisted in the reconstruction of the ceiling, i.e. the original vaults of ogival arches. Based on plans and drawings found in the archives, the architect reproduced the plan of the church. Given the complexity and size of the project, Werey & Stenger decided to digitize their part of the project in 3D. This was a highly innovative method which they combined with the traditional technique of fibrous plasterwork. The results are amazing- the original forms have been perfectly reproduced and have also been successfully combined with quite a modern decoration.
Judge’s Comment: “This renovation project used the highly innovative method of modern mould technology to reconstruct the ceiling of this building following a devastating fire.”
Designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, the Louis Vuitton Foundation falls within the policy of art and culture patronage developed by the Group. A private cultural initiative, its aim is to promote contemporary artistic creation for a wide international audience. This project was a great architectural endeavour in which each stage of construction pushed the boundaries of conventional architecture, and was one of the first BIM projects in France (“Building Information Model”). The BIM has made it possible to create the complex shapes imagined by Frank Gehry, from the design of the building through to the assembly of the different elements on site, and requiring very close collaboration between the different teams working simultaneously with a common 3D model. One of the main challenges was to provide a high acoustic insulation; 71Db required with a critical frequency < 5 Hz, between the technical rooms and the public areas. The contractor had to invent a bespoke solution with self-supporting “boxes in the boxes” made of two layers of Duo’Tech 25 and using Winfix dB suspensions.
Judge’s Comment: “This project is a real example of a strong partnership between the contractor, subcontractor and Saint-Gobain’s team to develop bespoke solutions.”
In the Stuttgart city center next to the “Stuttgart 21” project (building of a new through station instead of the existing terminal) a new bar lounge was established in less than two months. This project involved an abundance of creativity as well as technical know-how concerning the necessary sound and fire protection. The optically and technically perfect results are a wonderful example of perfect craftsmanship on a 520 square metre floor. The extraordinary design of the ceiling sculpture was developed in close cooperation with the Rigips technician to provide the various technical requirements which were hidden beneath. Indirect illumination increases the unusual look and feel of the ceiling. Furthermore a 3,500 litre aquarium was built into one of the plasterboard walls. The steel substructure had to be designed to provide for its heavy weight.
Judge’s Comment: “This project is truly an example of an imaginative use of drywall systems. The cutting edge and futuristic design of the space was brought to life in particular through the unusual ceiling sculpture with its very "organic" forms made of plasterboards.”
Theater De Stoep consists of two parts; a large theater hall which can accommodate up to 650 people, and a smaller room with a capacity of 200 people. Furthermore the building consists of an office area, a kitchen area, several dressing rooms, technical spaces (theater) and an acoustical decoupled loading dock. This theater is designed with tightly aligned connections between the many different types of planes. The walls were designed in concave and convex forms, which cross the ceilings that are also designed in these forms. This particular design in combination with the great height is made possible by using the specifically engineered supporting structure. All this combined with the required finishing level, the high sound insulation and fire resistance requirements ensured that this was a very challenging project.
Judge’s Comment: “This contractor overcame the lack of technical specifications on his project by working closely with the general contractor to design an extremely complex structure for the building interior through a sophisticated Building Information Model (BIM).”
This former spinning mill, a listed historical monument, is approximately 180 years old and shut down its production in 1990. To preserve the valuable building structure and to revitalize it at the same time, a master plan was drawn up to transform the 7-level complex into lofts for living and working. After two years of construction, the building now contains 23 loft apartments, 5 loft-type working spaces as well as 13 studios. The main plasterboard work was applied to ceilings and partitions, as well as technical ducts. The building is Minergie® certified, a renowned Swiss energy label. Among the key achievements of the plasterboard work are the preservation of its historical character and substance of the building while introducing a whole new form of its use, as well as the application of the high fire and noise protection standards to the old building structure. Hochbau 21 is a perfect example of the trend to transform historical, industrial buildings into modern living spaces.
Judge’s Comment: “This is an outstanding project completed to a very high technical standard, as well as showcasing a truly innovative use of drywall systems to tackle a complex refurbishment.”
The Schloss Montabaur is the Headquarters of the ADG, the academy of German cooperatives (Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften) which has been a nationwide partner of the cooperative banks and their companies for over 40 years. In the year 959 the castle was mentioned in a document for the first time. Next to the castle is the new guest house “Coblenz” that belongs to the 4-star hotel company of the ADG. The unconventionally designed elliptical construction body offers over 2 floors, 77 high-quality exclusive designed double rooms. Every room is formed differently. The generous atrium is open over 2 floors and is covered by a large 300 square metre glass roof. The very specific architectural ideas could only have been realized with perfectly installed drywall constructions and the highest level of craftsmanship. As a result, the hotel is an outstanding example in the German hotel scenery.
Judge’s Comment: “The result of this very high craftsmanship over the course of 8 months of building works is a truly beautiful building boasting excellent attention to detail.”
Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has been transformed by a £15 million development. Part of the University of Manchester, the Whitworth is a gallery that is a place of research and academic collaboration. ISG were the main contractors on this project, while MUMA Ltd was the principal architect. MUMA’s extension to the gallery and refurbishment of the existing 19th century building has sustainability at its heart. The refurbishment and extension of the historic Whitworth Art Gallery incorporated the use of two coat plaster on laths to form vaulted ceilings and curved walls. The scheme was completed over a two year period using over 4000 square metres of two coat plaster, alongside the use of specialised plasters for specific areas. The plastering and dry-lining works were completed over a 14 month period. This represented a real achievement particularly as the original ceiling had to be rebuilt, an unforeseen event in the works programme.
Judge’s Comment: “The contractor had to face a very difficult refurbishment of this heritage building, and the excellent craftsmanship and aesthetics of this project really set it apart.”
Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski is now launching its second hotel in new Cairo, located 20 minutes southeast of Cairo Airport. Due to the complexity of the interior design regarding shapes and levels that needed to be applied on a triple height ceiling, it required high load bearing. As for wet areaslike the spa, rest rooms and showers, moisture and fire resistance boards were the perfect solution.The advantage of the Gyproc STIL-PRIM suspended ceiling system was that it solved a technical deflection created by a local manufacturer of metal systems which was below the project standards. Gyproc STIL-PRIM suspended ceiling system provided better productivity. This helped the plasterboard contractor to meet the project deadline, which otherwise would have been very hard with the performance of the locally manufactured system.
Judge’s Comment: “The great initiative of the drywall contractor in this project led to the proposal and subsequent implementation of a new suspended ceiling system; the result is a magnificent ceiling designed in a triple layered height.”
Upgrading the Raiffeisen Landesbank Styria to a new Multi- Purpose Center was a huge project. With about 45,000 square metres of gross floor area, it provides modern office workplaces for more than 400 employees since spring 2014. The building also houses the new high-security data processing center as well as a bank branch, a conference and event center and a restaurant. Architectural design played an important role in this project. At the same time, the building owner put a high emphasis on aspects of ecology and sustainability. The use of photovoltaics, the utilization of the data center’s excess heat as well as the cooling system fed by groundwater meant significant savings in operational expenses. In addition, these systems together with the RIGIPS solutions offer a significant contribution to the positive life cycle assessment of the building. The Multi-Purpose Center was awarded the DGNB Blue Building Certificate in Gold.
Judge’s Comment: “The good cooperation between the contractor and the Saint-Gobain team resulted in the successful implementation of a tailor-made curved ceiling with mould elements and a specific Q4 finish.”
The public swimming pool in Ans, designed by architect Jean- Michel Ruols is a prime example of technological innovation. Timeless architecture, functionality, beauty and sustainability were the keywords. The exterior is given a streamlined look by large Saint-Gobain glass sections and the curved roof which is shaped like a wave. The well-being of users and the optimisation of maintenance costs were prioritised. The use of Gyproc Aquaroc cement based plasterboards was perfect for the design, as they have a smaller environmental footprint than cement. Gestrab used them as partitions and wall linings in the reception space, changing rooms and swimming pool space. In other projects the robust appearance of the Aquaroc plates is often hidden behind tiles or another finishing layer, but the architect chose to expose it here. It is reminiscent of the look of concrete walls. The interior screw heads were hidden from view by fitting the plates between stainless steel sections.
Judge’s Comment: “This project is a prime example of technological innovation. Through an innovative use and application of Aquaroc boards, the contractor succeeded in meeting both high moisture and mould resistance performances and achieving an aesthetic result.”
This project involved the complete refurbishment of a former seminary by the Respond! Housing Association into 21 self-contained apartments for the elderly. The refurbishment project takes the history of the Gothic Revivalist style building into account, as its aim was to preserve and protect the old walls, fine stain glass windows and beautiful stonework. Gyproc Partition systems incorporating SoundBloc plasterboard were used as the separating compartment walls offering optimum levels of acoustic separation while also meeting the required levels of fire resistance. Gypfloor Silent systems were installed to maintain the required level of impact sound reduction on the compartment floors. This project was a major intervention in a historic building and there were strict guidelines to be met in terms of conservation (and meeting the current building regulations).
Judge’s Comment: “This fantastic renovation achieved a very high quality finish and boasts superior aesthetics throughout. This was a very technically challenging project completed to a high standard using the best of the technical solutions Saint-Gobain has to offer.”
This building was an addition to Erhvervsakademiet Aarhus/ Business Academy Aarhus. The design of the building and its interior is meant to inspire students to learn in a bright and creative environment centered on an open atrium. It is a great example of a lightweight building solution and one of the first major low-energy houses in Aarhus. The building has 900 square metres of solar panels on the roof and a heat recovery system. The building’s energy use is completely dependent on renewable energy. The project is a great example of a broad use of Gyproc products and systems both externally and internally from thermal insulation to acoustic regulation. One of the most interesting parts of the installation was the façade. The challenge here was finding the right dimensions for the profiles and angles in order to hang the facade as opposed to letting it rest on the plinth. Interestingly, it was also constructed in sections on the ground and then hoisted and put in place.
Judge’s Comment: “This building, characterized by sharp details and clean lines, extensively used Saint-Gobain products and systems both internally and externally with Glasroc H and Glasroc F boards but also Rigitone ceilings.