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Award bestowed by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth

Spirit Design Wins Austrian State Prize for Design 2013

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25. Sep 2013
  • Prize in the category Industrial Design Capital Goods for the new coastguard ship of the Supreme Shipping Authority
  • Award granted by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth for attractive design, improvement in the working environment and upgrading of workplaces for the nautical police force
  • Prizes won by three of 166 entries

The design conceived by Spirit Design – Innovation and Brand GmbH for the new coastguard vessel to be deployed by the Supreme Shipping Authority in Austria was given the Austrian State Prize for Design 2013 by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth. On the evening of September 24, 2013, this year’s state prizes were awarded at a gala ceremony held in the Vienna Architecture Center. The trophy for the category Industrial Design Capital Goods was bestowed in front of a packed auditorium. Daniel Huber, Managing Partner Strategic Design, Spirit Design – Innovation and Brand GmbH, Reinhard Vorderwinkler, Head of the Supreme Shipping Authority, the river supervising body of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and Reinhard Suppan, Managing Director of the shipyard ÖSWAG Werft Linz, proudly accepted the award. The eminent, high profile jury of independent experts honored three out of a total of 166 entries with state prizes. The jury led by Prof. Fritz Frenkler of the University of Technology, Munich justified its decision as follows: “The ship operated by the river supervisory authority assumes the function of regulating maritime traffic and emergency management, and represents a completely new class of naval vessel comprising a mixture of a speedboat, working boat and transport vessel featuring a clear, functional design”.

Doris Bures, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, commented on the award by stating: “With the new coastguard ship we set completely new standards in Austria’s maritime administration authority. In this way we are able to raise the level of security on one of Europe’s most important waterways, and are pleased that this has also been granted the Austrian State Prize for Design.” Reinhard Vorderwinkler, Head of the Supreme Shipping Authority, adds: “Our new service vessel fulfills completely new requirements. The fully successful design conceived by Spirit Design which was award the Austrian State Prize supports our capability to optimally fulfill all our responsibilities as a maritime authority. The new boats show that there no contradiction between the appealing design and the absolutely functional structure of the vessels.”

Functional and comfortable offices for the waterways


Spirit Design managed to optimally take account of the needs of the users from the very beginning of the project thanks to a very good and intensive cooperation with the Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the company ÖSWAG Werft Linz. The use of new types of lightweight construction materials, innovative energy-saving shapes for its propulsion system and hull and the optimized maintenance-friendliness were the top priorities. This was explained by Daniel Huber, Managing Partner Strategic Design of Spirit Design: “We created a boat to work on and not a yacht. The use of striking forms on the vessel deployed avoids excess elements, and is attuned to the requirements of production technologies. We are particularly proud of the fact that our work has now been honored with the Austrian State Prize for Design.”

In this segment the mixture of a speedboat, transport vessel and place of work is completely new. The holistic approach to design imparts a distinctive visual product language, ensures recognition and differentiates the new boat from the traditional products of competitors. The new series of boats of the highly specialized nautical police force will be based at six stations along the 350 kilometers of Danube waterway in Austria by the middle of 2014. At present, they are already in operation in Linz and Krems, and the third vessel will soon be put into operation in Hainburg. The boats serve the personnel working for the authority supervising river-borne traffic as mobile offices to enable them to fulfill the broad range of legally stipulated responsibilities accruing to the authority on the Danube as an international waterway throughout the entire year.

The award-winning work of Spirit Design can be viewed at the exhibition accompanying the Austrian State Prize 2013. It will be presented from September 25 – November 10, 2013 at the design forum Vienna located in the MuseumsQuartier.

Image rights: Spirit Design and the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth/M. Silveri


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