Digital Edition 2021
For Saint-Gobain, the health and safety of all of us is our top priority. Faced with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, we decided to change the 12th International Edition of the Gypsum Trophy into a digital Awards Ceremony. Further information will be communicated soon to the participants.
What is the Trophy?
When will it take place?
The 12th Saint-Gobain International Gypsum Trophy will take place on Friday, November 5, 2021. Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Trophies will be held on a digital format. Modalities and information will be communicated soon to the participants.
The most complex and amazing projects from all over the world will be competing in 6 categories (Ceilings, Plaster, Plasterboard, Innovation & Sustainability, Residential, and Non-Residential) for the chance to win one of the 14 prizes. The competing projects serve as a reference for Drywall system craftsmanship in the Gypsum industry and inspire greatness among the international interior building community.
Residential Building Pontsteiger is the new iconic Amsterdam landmark in the Houthaven-district (the former timber port). Prominently situated alongside (and almost within) the IJ-river, this 90 meters high building with its extraordinary, award winning architectural shape, represents the new gate to Amsterdam. It houses 66 high-end apartments in the horizontal top layer and 252 rental apartments, as well as corporate and parking spaces. Pontsteiger’s remarkable design, with its horizontal U-shape -almost floating over 4 pavillions- and a vertical U-shape has been rewarded with several national and international awards, like the Building Smart 2018 Award (BIM) and the Brick Award (architecture). In this building the highest demands on comfortclass, resonances and vibrations, impact sound insulation, impact and burglary resistance have been applied. The drywall solutions were fully designed in BIM.
Luxury residential complex located in the central area of Timisoara. The project consists of several buildings with different destinations starting with office buildings and residential blocks of flats. This is the first project in Romania with Habito® partition walls. Great technical skill and knowledge of interior and exterior systems were required in order to optimize fire protection, thermal and acoustic insulation and exterior closing with Aquaroc® boards.
SNFCC is a sustainable, world-class cultural, educational and recreational urban complex, an open public space offering a multitude of cultural, educational, athletic, environmental activities and events, thus redefining the concept of public space. The complex , which has restored the site’s lost connections with the city and the sea, includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, located within the Stavros Niarchos Park, one of the largest green areas in Athens, covering 21 hectares. The building of the National Library of Greece combines the tradition with technological innovation. Its design ensures that the National Library will respond effectively to the ever changing needs and challenges of the digital era. Through the installation of advanced climate control, preservation and digitization systems, the building will ensure that the Library's significant rare manuscript collection will be available for future generations of scholars.
A 5* mansion on 750 m2 located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, The Villa Saint-Ange is an ancient master house. It is inspired by second Empire rules. In order to maintain the refinement of its luxury standard, the architect Henri Paret went for the incorporation of delicate plaster decoration. The contractor created all of the plaster trappings for the walls and ceilings. That give to this hotel an elegant luminous aspect.
The Leonardo is a 234-metre skyscraper within walking distance of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the headquarters of some of Africa’s biggest companies. This new architectural landmark has redefined the skyline, becoming the highest building in Africa, and introduces a new concept of luxury living to its residents. It houses 254 apartments, a three-floor penthouse and five floors of office space as well as shops, restaurants, a gym and a herb garden. The luxury apartments were built with aesthetics and functionality in mind. Gyproc Habito® board was specified and finished to the highest standard (Q4) with a Rhinolite® Multipurpose full skim. Acoustic performance between and within apartments was also a consideration solved with various Gyproc® drywall solutions. This landmark in architecture and engineering is not merely symbolic of a new era of African development, but stands as a reminder of how innovative and flexible approaches can realise unexpected heights.
The project represents the values of the emergency services workers: The secret of success is to insist, persist, resist and never give up. Without any doubt, the most challenging item about this project was the creation of the suspended ceiling “Flor de la esperanza”, a complex geometric design that represents the hope that all the workers and emergency services transmit to the society with their labor in a 280 sqm room. The project is divided into four floors and mix different uses. This complex program implies also high acoustic requirements, aesthetic challenges, and moisture resistance solutions for exterior ceilings like Aquaroc® board and Hydrostil metal profiles F-530 (Z275). Indoors, in the main open space, Rigitone® in combination with ISOVER mineral wool has been used in ceilings to improve the reverberation time and provide the correct acoustic control. Rigitone® 12/25 with black tissue was also used in ceilings and wall linings on the corridors of the fourth floor
Museum of the Future is one of the most innovative buildings in the world in terms of design, engineering, and construction. It consists of an 11-storey torus-shaped building located in Dubai. Inspired from feng shui, its form represents the earth and the limitless imagination of the sky with a void in the middle symbolizing the unknown. The museum aims to become an incubator for innovation and invention instead of a repository of artifacts. Its facade will also combine engineering, art, and poetry as it displays glass windows in the form of poems and quotes from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid in a beautifully crafted Arabic calligraphy. Considered one of the most complex architectural projects in the world, the Museum of the Future is a symbol of architecture that pushes back the boundaries with more efficient materials. Also an example of sustainable building, it will have the LEED Platinum status which is the highest level of LEED certification.
Wood was chosen as a bearing structure for the construction of the funeral hall in Břeclav, the interior is mostly dry construction. Gyptone® Big Curve and Glasroc® F Riflex materials by Rigips dominate the interior of the funeral hall which were used for the construction of panels and ceilings. These materials are interesting since they can be bent into small radii, creating design constructions. At the same time, Gyptone® Big Curve perforated boards have a fundamental influence on spatial acoustics. The new funeral hall currently has a capacity of 120 seats including covered outdoor areas.
McMaster University Living and Learning Centre is a 3,809m2, thirteen storey collaborative student residence building with integrated academia located in Hamilton, ON Canada. The intended use of the building and integrative design is to create a space where students can connect with peers who share similar interests and where they can continue their education outside of the standard classroom environment. The project houses over 92,900 square meter of gypsum products- that of which include curved walls, spanning the South wall of the Active Learning Centre and towering several stories. 4,645 square meter of standard and specialty acoustic ceiling systems were also installed.
Z33 has been metamorphosed into a new, multifaced organisation for visual art, design and architecture. The new extension, together with the renovated exhibition wing, has formed a new House for Contemporary Art in the city centre of Hasselt. As the largest art institution in the area, Z33 aims to become the driving force behind future development in the artistic field in the Province of Limburg. Under its brickwork skin, the building ramifies with a complex interplay of proportions, lines of sight and daylight openings. Spacious public exhibition galleries alternate with intimate rooms. Materiality and tactility are key attributes of the interior.
Rising majestically above the Mumbai city and the Arabian sea, World Towers stands as the tallest iconic residential tower in the world. World One, is a supertall residential skyscraper with 117 floors. The campus is with in-house amenities such as gymnasium, swimming pool, mini theatre, retail, boutiques, gardens, restaurants & cafés. All the apartment walls are constructed with international standard of acoustic comfort & fire safety using Gyproc Drywall systems in dry, wet and shaft areas.
This beautiful and characteristic building, alongside the Amstel river, was originally built as town hall of the village of Amstelveen. For many years it housed the Amsterdam Municipal Archives and a diamond cutting factory. Recently it was renovated and transformed into this state of the art 5 star-hotel: the Pestana Riverside Hotel. During the renovation the main requirements were to respect the cultural and historic values and to preserve the authentic historic construction and features of the building. The lack of any accurate measurements of the spans in the historic roof construction and logistic challenges of building inside the Amsterdam city center were circumstances which challenged the problem-solving skills of Schuurmans. Nevertheless Schuurmans managed to modernize and optimize the monumental roof construction inside the hotel rooms.
Dhirubai Ambani International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DAICEC) ,a mixed-use development of G+18 floors is located in the heart of Mumbai . Covering 75,000 m2 of land with 788,340 m2 of useable floor space, the iconic development boasts of housing various facilities including a convention and banqueting facility; exhibition halls; a performance arts centre with a seating capacity of 2,000 people; premium service apartments; as well as prime retail and high-end commercial spaces. Currently known as Jio World Centre, this project showcases to be more than twice the size of Burj Khalifa (operational floor area wise) is developed by Reliance Industries Ltd , the largest conglomerate in the country owned by Asia’s Richest man Shri Mukesh Ambani. This project is expected to accommodate a floating population of 38000 a day.
The monolithic inspired Centre des Congrès (Congress centre) in Jonzac, comprises several event rooms over its 3 000 m2 surface. Its entrance hall particularly challenged the contractor to high levels of technical expertise. The architect designed its spectacular high ceilings and walls, with multiple angles and slopes using Gyptone® Activ’Air®. To maximise acoustic performances, perforated panels were creatively arranged on the ceiling.
Meet the Jury!
Judging for the International Trophy is a long, demanding and challenging process. To ensure that all entries are judged on an equitable basis, specific judging criteria have been developed and the International Jury Committee has been selected carefully. The judges are able to both assess 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 International Central Marketing Team to guarantee objectivity and to ensure full comprehension of all technical aspects. The 12th International Jury is comprised of Saint-Gobain and external experts as well as country delegates.
President of the Jury & Global Marketing Manager – Central Marketing and Development, Saint-Gobain
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 fith 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. Rupert has been in the building materials industry for 20 years.
Professor at the Department of Architecture, Prague
Zuzana Pešková is a Professor at the Department of Architecture Faculty of Civil Engineering in Prague, Czech Republic. She has a degree in structural engineering and architecture. After 15 years of teaching, Zuzana is now Head of the Design Studio programme for students of Architecture and Building Engineering, on subjects of Architectural Interior and Graphic Presentation. In parallel to her teaching, she has been designing interiors of grocery shops for 20 years and she runs her own architectural practice for residential houses, urban designs and interiors. Zuzana also is a member of professional committees in the field of architecture, urbanism, protected land areas, monument care and building materials.
Secretary General of Eurogypsum
Tristan is the Secretary General of Eurogypsum, the European Manufacturers Association for Plaster and Plasterboard Products. He represents the interests of the industry towards European institutions and other stakeholders. Tristan is a French and Belgian national educated at Sciences Po Lille (France) and the ZEI Centre for European Integration Studies in Bonn (Germany). He has 16 years’ experience in European public affairs and communications, having worked for renowned consultancy firms and advised trade federations and large companies in the construction, energy and metal industry.
Consultant and Researcher
Jos Lichtenberg has been active in the building innovation for more than 40 years. He started in 1976 as a hands-on product developer and innovation manager in the construction industry. In 1980 he created a consulting company in product development. And in 2002, after finishing his PhD, he became a Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2011 he won The National Lighthouse Award for his merits in Building Innovation. In 2016, he left the University and co-initiated a new business network, “Off Road Innovations”. to boost innovation in buildings or accommodation concepts for prominent owners and users of real estate.
Marketing Manager, Brands & Customer Experience, Saint-Gobain Romania
Oana joined Saint-Gobain 5 years ago, as Marketing Manager, and now manages a wider portfolio of the main brands – Rigips, Isover, Weber in Romania. She also coordinates the Technical Development team and the Product Managers for Gypsum for Project specification, including BIM solutions and new technical solutions, green building solutions. Her passion for interior design and openness to new learning experiences enabled her to easily integrate the construction business, having an economic background and having worked for 15 years in Fast Moving Consumer Goods.
Vice President Marketing US, CertainTeed
Najwa has been in the building industry for 20 years and came to Saint-Gobain with strong Gypsum experience working for the market leader; Gyprock in Australia where she was the General Manager - Marketing. Currently the Vice President Marketing US, her experience is driving change in the business. In 2018, she was a finalist in the Australian Women in Construction awards for industry advocacy for her work on mentoring and developing the women’s chapter for the plasterboard industry association where she was also an executive member for 8 years.
Ghislaine Bagdi is an architect, graduated from the National School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville in 1991. Her professional career began at the François Spoerry Agency in Port-Grimaud (France), where she participated within the group on many international competitions. After several years of learning in Zurich (Switzerland), she moved to Paris to create her own architecture agency. After 10 years of practice, she joined Saint-Gobain Distribution as a Prescription Manager for New Energies. She now works for Saint-Gobain’s first innovation center dedicated to professionals (architects, design offices, contractors, industrials): the Domolab. This centre was built with the aim to have a global vision of the habitat market and to anticipate of future evolutions. It also aims at creating interactions and opening the dialogue between professionals and researchers.
Global Product & Marketing manager, Saint Gobain
A graduate Civil Engineer with MBA post graduate qualification, Fernando Martinez has more than 25 years’ experience developing products for construction, and 12 of them in drywall industry. Initially working in one of the most important global companies of chemical products for construction, Fernando was in charge of sealants and adhesives for building construction introducing elastic structural adhesives in façade systems. In dywal industry Fernando started managing plasterboard products & systems in Placo Spain continuing his career as regional director of Portugal, later Morocco and later managing Export department. Fernando is now Global Product & Marketing manager with Saint Gobain Gypsum where he has responsibility for “wet area product, cement boards and frame-façade systems”.
Global Product Manager for Ceilings, Saint-Gobain
Ashutosh has been in the construction industry over 17 years with a vast experience in drywall construction. He is currently in charge of Global Product Management of Ceilings. Lightweight technology and Offsite in the Gypsum business of Saint-Gobain. He has a unique and diverse experience of emerging and mature markets in the construction product industry. he was a jury in 2016 and also lead the National Trophy event in India in past. He is an avid reader, runner who loves travelling.