16.04.2018, 17:17 Uhr

Saxon State Prize for Baukultur 2017 for the Power Plant "Mitte" in Dresden

The power plant “Mitte” in Dresden was awarded with the Saxon State prize for Baukultur 2017. With this award, the jury honored the modification of the former cogeneration plant to a cultural heart.

The power plant “Mitte” won the competition because the transformation of the historic building complex into a cultural centre combined identity-defining buildings with new ones.


Statement by the jury

With the power plant “Mitte”, an historic building complex within an area of 40.000 square meters was transformed to a cultural center in the city of Dresden by keeping the conditions of the protection of historical monuments. Identity-defining buildings are completed smoothly with new ones and through changing the interiors; the old building is perfectly adapted for its intended use in the future. By integrating a diversity of cultural and creative facilities, a pulsating city district is established, which will be home simultaneously for the national operetta in Dresden and for the “Theater of the young generation” [Theater der Jungen Generation]. Because of the buildings’ cautious, historic preservationist management, it will remain as historic building and can be experiences, as it was in its former industrial use.

Client:                      Landeshauptstadt Dresden GmbH & Co. KG
Architect:                 PFP Architekten BDA, Hamburg
Services by LAP:     structural planning

The Free State of Saxony has been awarding the State Prize for Building Culture since the 1990s. With the award of the prize, the Free State of Saxony pursues two primary goals:

On the one hand, it is intended to award ideal building culture. Outstanding constructions with a special architectural-cultural demand are awarded, which have contributed into raising the level of the built environment.

On the other hand, the public has to be sensitized for building-cultural topics and construction quality.

Sächsischer Staatspreis für Baukultur 2017