Polis Award 2020
On 13 August Winking · Froh received the Polis Award 2020 in the category Intelligent Redensification for the project "Revitalisation of Spiegel Island". Reiner Nagel, chairman of the board of the Federal Foundation for Building Culture and chairman of the jury, emphasised in his laudatory speech that the project had succeeded in bringing about yet another improvement at an "iconographic, listed site through intelligent redensification". "At a site steeped in tradition in Hamburg's city centre, a redevelopment in keeping with the requirements of a listed building has been created with the careful addition of new building structures where old substance was no longer sustainable."
Bernhard Winking, who founded the firm Winking Froh Architekten in 1968, says the Spiegel Island is "one of his favourite projects" of recent years. Bernhard Winking: "With the revitalisation of Spiegel Island, we succeeded in transforming a purely 1960s office ensemble with three new buildings into an open, mixed-use quarter." The two high-rise office buildings designed by Werner Kallmorgen in 1967 and 1969 were renovated in accordance with the preservation order and upgraded with contemporary building services, fire and noise protection. The three new buildings are of the same height and have an elegant façade language. The skyscrapers, which dominate the cityscape, were thus given a new, connecting base that links the Speicherstadt and Hafencity with a publicly accessible outdoor space. In addition to Frank Weitendorf and Annette Romahn, the project team includes Stefan Waselowsky, Jan Krugmann, Sarah Wöltjen, Louise Tusch, Camilla Spennati and Marina Karova.