Great success in the Building of the Year 2020 competition

As a result of anti-epidemic measures, the normal ceremony for awarding titles and Special Awards in the “Building of the Year 2020” competition could not take place, but on Thursday 15 October 2020, the titles and awards were granted in the form of online presentations. The conversion of the SPŠ TOS Varnsdorf building won two awards in this competition.

As investor in the building for the Industrial Secondary School, our company entered the design in the competition “Building of the Year 2020”, which is held every year by the Foundation for the Development of Architecture and Construction. On 3 August 2020, a five-member jury of the 28th annual competition headed by the Chairman, Ing. Arch. Jan Vraný, came to inspect the school building. After the inspection, where the jury expressed great appreciation, the jury shortlisted the school out of 84 buildings entered in the competition. The nomination of the twenty most successful buildings was announced on 10 September 2020 in Prague. The school building was represented by the author of the project, Ing. arch. Petr Šikola from the project office DOMY JINAK, s.r.o.

As a result of anti-epidemic measures, the official awarding of the title and Special Awards could not be held as a gala evening. But on Thursday 15 October 2020, the titles and awards were awarded as online presentations. The conversion of the SPŠ TOS Varnsdorf building won the Award of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic in the “Building of the Year 2020” competition.

We would like to mention that the project was built by the general contractor Děčínský stavební podnik s.r.o., headed by CEO Aleš Adam. Milan Tesař and Evžen Šeps supervised construction on behalf of TOS VARNSDORF a.s. Special thanks are owed to all the aforementioned and the project authors (Ing. arch. Václav Dvořák and Ing. arch Petr Šikola) for this work, which won a valuable nomination and has been admired and acknowledged by all its visitors.

One of the architects described the new school building in the proposal in great detail, and we give part of this description verbatim: “The main concept behind the design was to create a building for education with an industrial character and unique atmosphere, nearby real manufacturing areas and processes, with places for students, teachers and the company’s specialists to meet. As a result, the students find themselves in an inspirational environment close to genuine experience at the TOS VARNSDORF machine works.”

So SPŠ TOS Varnsdorf has received an important award. The nomination itself is of great significance. In Czech architecture, it is a little like an Oscar nomination, and winning the Award of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in this competition underlined the exceptional character of this building. The school was created to resolve the current problem of a lack of qualified workers in our field in the Šluknov region. In an interview in this issue, you can read that the school has made the right start and in the right direction. The building of SPŠ TOS Varnsdorf was financed from private funds, despite the fact that the state should resolve the problem of a lack of qualified workers in technical fields. We hope we will gain some money to complete the school, i.e. the gym, school workshops and outside sports area, from grant programmes set up in support of the development of education.

Gallery – The school, Announcement of nominations (mostly photographs from the website of Building of the Year, presentation of our building, were used).

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