News - 4 November 2016

Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos receive the BNA Kubus Award

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) last night awarded its highest honour, the annual Kubus Award, to Ben van Berkel & Caroline Bos for their ‘exceptional contribution to architecture’.

The jury concluded that Van Berkel and Bos, together with their UNStudio team, are more than deserved winners of the 2016 BNA Kubus. “No one controls the creative and technical process better than UNStudio. They prove that in-depth research pays off, as does network-driven collaboration with professionals in the fields of architecture, infrastructure and urban development. The cutting-edge nature and absolute craftsmanship of their body of work makes it both exemplary and innovative.”

The jury’s decision was based on three criteria: excellent craftsmanship, a recognisable and innovative body of work and a relevant contribution to the profession. “Great attention to detail and execution is clearly visible in all the works.”

“Another factor that is in Van Berkel and Bos’s favour is the major contribution they make to dialogue and theory development within the profession. They do so by, among other things, participating in debates, giving lectures, teaching at architecture faculties abroad, and through their many publications.”

The BNA Kubus is the highest honour bestowed by the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (abbreviated as BNA). The prize is awarded to persons or institutions that have made an exceptional contribution to architecture in the Netherlands. This year, the Kubus was presented for the 41st time.

The Kubus was awarded on the recommendation of a jury made up of Nathalie de Vries (chair), Steven Nobel, Ton Idsinga, Wienke Bodewes, Willem Hein Schenk and Willem Jan Neutelings.