Held every two years, the competition showcases the creative potential of building façade materials, the possible combinations of shapes and colors, to the professional and general public; it also inspires architects to design more beautiful and unique façades in the future.
In 2022, 23 countries entered more than 300 entries for the Life Challenge competition, with one prize in each category: family house, condominium, public building, thermal insulation, monument and special texture. A jury of 13 independent international architectural experts selected the winners, with one grand prize winner to be chosen at the final in Valencia on May 19.
There was also an online public vote, where, out of the 23 Hungarian buildings entered, four were awarded prizes in the categories of family house, public building and monument.
In the family house category, a villa on Lake Balaton was awarded 5th place. Designed by architect Csilla Forrás Kovács, the Zamárdi home featured a spacious design, with varied façade materials, a prominent entrance door, a gazebo, and a glass railing.
First place in the public building category went to Mézeskalács Nursery, designed by architect Tamás Katkics. The building uses elements of Hungarian folk architecture, with a gabled roof, arched facade, small windows, cheerful colors, and hearts.
The historic renovation of the Rudolf House, designed by Zsolt Somody and originally built in 1870, was awarded third place for monuments. The building now houses shops, a boutique hotel and a bistro with a winter garden.
Second place in the monument category went to the renovation of the synagogue in Karcag, designed by Zoltán Szikra and built in 1988.