Life Challenge:

The European Baumit Facade

The façade of a house is its face, reflecting the unique style and personality of its occupants. Through the Baumit Life Challenge, we embark on a journey to unveil the rich potential within plaster, exploring the dynamic interplay of diverse materials, textures, forms, and colors. Join us in reimagining the way we perceive and utilize this versatile medium, and discover the boundless creativity it holds.





Life Challenge – The Competition

In 2012, Baumit unveiled "Life" - a groundbreaking color program for façades, marking Europe's largest of its kind. Fueled by imagination, craftsmanship, and a palette of vibrant hues, this initiative sparked the birth of the Baumit Life Challenge. 

Since its inaugural success in Vienna (Austria) in 2014, the Baumit Life Challenge has become a biennial celebration, honoring the most exceptional façades across Europe. Drawing in around 500 attendees from all European Baumit-affiliated countries, the event gathers the crème de la crème of Baumit architects, investors, and partners. Join us in this exhilarating tribute to architectural excellence and innovative design.

How the winners are selected

A panel of 13 independent experts assesses over 300 projects spanning all Baumit-affiliated nations. From these, the top 6 façades in each category are selected as "nominees" for the grand award ceremony. Just before the event, the expert jury will bestow the ultimate winners in each category, including the coveted Life Challenge Award, reserved for the pinnacle of façade design.

In addition to expert evaluations, we invite everyone to participate in the public voting process. Starting approximately two months prior to the award ceremony, you have the opportunity to cast your vote for your favorite façades, amplifying the democratic celebration of outstanding architectural achievements.

Six Categories

These are the categories of the Baumit Life Challenge.

Life Challenge History

Due to the success of the first award in 2014 in Vienna Baumit celebrates the best facades of Europe every two years.


Baumit Life Challenge Award Winner 2022

The Life Challenge Award 2022 went to the Cukrarna gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Architect: Scapelab d.o.o.


Baumit Life Challenge Award Winner 2021

The Life Challenge Award 2021 went to MO Museum in Vilnus (LT). Architects: “Studio Libeskind” and “Do Architects”. Constructor: UAB „Naresta“.


Spanish Baumit Life Challenge Winner 2018 in Bratislava.

Baumit Slovakia hosted the third event at the Philharmony in Bratislava. More than 320 projects were judged by the jury panel in 2018 making Spain the winner.


Robert Schmid at the Baumit Life Challenge price giving ceremony in madrid.

The Life Challenge 2016 in Madrid attracted more than 400 architects, developers and applicators from 21 countries. A Slovakian facade took home the main award.


Baumit Life Challenge 2014 in Vienna

The first award in Vienna, Austria was the kick-off event. An international expert jury of 15 selected architects awarded a Spanish facade as the Life Challenge winner of 2014.

Do you have a project that stands out?

If you own, built or designed a building with a Baumit facade that has what it takes to win in one of the categories or even the main prize then get in touch with us and submit it for the next edition of Life Challenge in 2026. We are looking forward to hearing from you!