International lighting group Zumtobel has announced its Zumtobel Group Award winners 2017. This architecture award is dedicated to ‘Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment’ and honors contemporary works that make a significant contribution to greater humanity and sustainability. The total purse for the Zumtobel Group Award 2017 is EUR 150,000. This sum will be divided among the winning projects from the three categories and the special award for Young Professionals. The jury consisted of prominent international experts from a variety of disciplines. One of the members was Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Lizz Diller, who collaborated with Zumtobel among others in DAMNºs project at Palazzo Litta during the last Salone del Mobile. 

Category Buildings: Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan Architects

Star Apartments is a project in Los Angeles in which an existing single-floor commercial building was converted into a 95,000 square foot supportive housing facility within Los Angeles’ downtown core. Expanded to six stories, the building provides 102 homes and support services for previously homeless individuals.


Category Urban Developments & Initiatives: Arnhem Central Station

Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands is a new mass transit and mainline rail hub designed for mixed use and to integrate public space.


Category Applied Innovations: Warka Water by Arturo Vittori

Warka Water is a project which provides an alternative water source in the Dorso / Omo Valley region of Ethiopia. The project offers a potential solution to inadequate access to clean and secure water resources in rural regions of Africa.


Special Award Young Professionals: Jianamani Visitor Center by TeamMinus

The modern Jianamani Visitor Center in Yushu engages closely with its historical Tibetan context by forging explicit links with the ancient local site intrinsic to Tibetan Buddhism.