2010 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize awarded to two dutch firms
Bierman Henket architecten and Wessel de Jonge Architecten, leading practitioners in the restoration of modern buildings, have been awarded the 2010 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The award was given in recognition of their exemplary restoration of Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, The Netherlands - a little known but iconic modernist building designed in 1926 by Johannes Duiker and Bernard Bijovet.
The biennial award will be presented to the Netherlands-based firms at The
Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) on November 18th by Ms. Burnham; Barry Bergdoll, MOMA's Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design and chairman of the Prize jury and Andrew Cogan, CEO, Knoll, Inc. The presentation will be followed by a free public lecture by Messrs. Henket and de Jonge, who will accept the award on behalf of their firms.
The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize is the only prize to acknowledge specific and growing threats to important modern buildings, and to recognise the architects and designers who labour to preserve them, ensuring their long-term survival. This year's jury sifted through more than twenty nominations from fourteen countries.
In addition to Mr. Bergdoll, the jury included Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University; Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University; Dietrich Neumann, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University; Theo Prudon, President of DOCOMOMO/U.S. and Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University; and Karen Stein, design consultant, writer, and faculty member in the design criticism program at the School of Visual Arts.