Colored Concrete Works Award 2017

Color makes architecture unforgettable. As a modern construction material, colored concrete combines aspects of functionality, differentiation and emotionality in a unique way. Specialty chemicals company LANXESS will be presenting the third Colored Concrete Works Award in 2017 to architects who create modern architecture with colored concrete and focus in their work on the beauty and aesthetic quality of this special, natural building material.


Entries are now being accepted

Developers and architects of completed building projects from all over the world are welcome to submit an entry by March 10, 2017. The most important criteria for participating: Buildings must be no more than five years old, and the concrete used must be colored with inorganic iron oxide or chrome oxide pigments.

Please use the prepared entry form when submitting your entry. We also recommend that you review the selection criteria and application process as well as conditions of participation prior to entering. You will find all the documents required in the Download section of this page. Please send the completed form to the postal address indicated in the conditions of participation or by email to:


Expert jury to select winner in Berlin

The international jury comprises architects, representatives of the trade press, and pigment and marketing experts from the LANXESS Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit. The jury will select the best projects from all entries. Criteria include the building's colorfulness, function and significance. The three finalists will be notified at the end of March 2017. All decisions are final.

The award ceremony will be held on May 17, 2017, at the LANXESS office in Berlin. The winner and his or her project will be presented in an international campaign in the trade and technical press, including publication in several languages of a case study on the building.


  • Akihisa Hirata, winner oft the Colored Concrete Works Award 2015, with Dr. Herlind Gundelach, Member of the German Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Culture and Media, and Jörg Hellwig, Head of LANXESS’ Inorganic Pigments business unit, at the ceremony in Berlin (from right). Photo: LANXESS AG

    Akihisa Hirata wins Colored Concrete Works Award 2015

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS presented its second Colored Concrete Works Award on February 26, 2015, in Berlin to an architect who has set new standards in the use of colored concrete. This year’s award went to Akihisa Hirata for his design of the Alp apartment complex in Akabane-Nishi, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Concrete integrally colored with Bayferrox and Colortherm pigments from LANXESS gives the court building complex Ciutat de la Justícia in Barcelona a particular visual appeal. Photo: LANXESS AG

    Sir David Chipperfield wins LANXESS 2012 Colored Concrete Works Award

    Complex of court buildings in Spain selected as the most significant example of concrete colored with inorganic pigments