Once again, the Schüco Excellence Awards attracted high numbers of quality entries from a broad range of practices, despite the hardships and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. A key theme that came to the fore in this year’s jury discussion was that excellent facade design requires a multitude of carefully considered and well-coordinated elements – not least creativity, innovation, technical expertise and skilful execution.
Invariably this necessitates an adaptable specialist contractor with a can-do attitude and a responsive manufacturer with high-performance products and systems. Close collaboration between these expert parties and design teams can result in extraordinarily expressive and successful facades – as evidenced by the award winners.
In light of the current climate emergency, good daylighting and energy performance remain critically important when it comes to facade design. The need, therefore, to adopt an integrated and collaborative approach, focused on design and innovation, cannot be overstated and sums up the spirit of the Schüco