2003 – Hans Eek

The Jury's motivation

Hans Eek and Wolfgang Feist have been awarded the prize for their pioneering work with so-called
passive houses, in particular, residential buildings without heating systems, designed and constructed
using an elegant and innovative synthesis of simple, time-tested and cost-effective technology. The
technology, which requires great precision in methods and the building process, will, in a branch that
has, up to now, been conservative, contribute to a major reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels in particular and thereby reduce society’s emission of carbon dioxide, which impacts our climate. The
recipients meet the prize’s criteria for resource efficiency, eco-cycle thinking and process-steering
innovation, locally as well as globally.

The architect Hans Eek is the chief designer of the terraced housing units located in Lindås, a
community south of Göteborg (Gothenburg), that has attracted international attention. They were ready for tenancy in 2001 and were recently evaluated in an interdisciplinary university study, both as pertains to technology and tenant-social environment. The basic concept – to minimise heat loss – is based on experience Eek acquired through a series of development projects run since the late 1970s, e.g., Tuggelite in Sweden and Ingolstadt-Darmstadt in Germany.