The LocHal Tilburg has won another prize, a very important and beautiful one. The NRP Golden Phoenix is awarded annually for transformation and renovation to the most outstanding examples of renovation and transformation projects. The NRP Gulden Feniks highlights these examples in order to pass on interesting information such as success factors and lessons learned from the various projects. The motto of the prize is 'a prize to learn from'. For this year, 79 projects were submitted, all of which wanted to win this prestigious prize.
The NRP Golden Phoenix is awarded annually in three categories and there is a wildcard. The three categories concern three levels of scale: S (small / building), M (medium / complex of buildings) and L (large / area transformation). LocHal won the prize in the category S. The prize consists of a statue and a plaque for each of the up to four winning projects.
On 25 June 2019, jury chairman Geurt van Randeraat announced the winners of the NRP Golden Phoenix 2019. During the National Renovation and Transformation Day, which took place in the Caballero Factory in The Hague, the prizes were awarded to clients, designers and construction parties of three winners: the LocHal in Tilburg, the Station Renovation Metro Oostlijn in Amsterdam and, as a wildcard, the Kijkkoepel Fort near Krommeniedijk in Uitgeest. In addition, three projects were nominated: the Eiffel building in Maastricht, Innovation Powerhouse in Eindhoven and SWEETS hotel in Amsterdam.
The jury comments
In its short existence, the LocHal is already an international example for new urban public programmes, in which meeting, learning, working, culture and accommodation merge into new urban places', the jury praised the project in its report. The municipality of Tilburg, the initiator of this project, collaborated with many parties: Civic Architects, Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse, Donkergroen, Mecanoo architecten, Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Chiron Development, Stevens van Dijck Bouwmanagers & Advisors, Arup, Binx Smartility, VDNDP bouwingenieurs, F. Wiggers, ABT Wassenaar, SOM= and Linneman bouw en advies. The canvases were made by Textiel Museum Tilburg, Seilemaaker Theatex, Gerriets Gmbh and Levtec; the glass hall by Zaanen Spanjers Architects and Octatube.
A beautiful price again for an ever fuller trophy cabinet. Congratulations and on to the next award. On 27 August it will be announced whether the Midden-Brabant Library, as a resident of the LocHal, will win the prize for 'Best Library of the World' from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFFA). Fingers crossed!