The Wakker Prize (in German: Wakkerpreis, in French Prix Wakker, in Italian Premio Wakker) is awarded annually by the Swiss Heritage Society to a Municipality of Switzerland for the development and preservation of its architectural heritage.
At the beginning, the prize honoured municipalities which did special needs for preservation of the old towns. Recently,[when?] the prize also honours municipalities that develop their townscapes on a specific leading point. This might be an estimated use of an old industrial facility or a successful combination between old an new basic structure of a building.
In 2005, the prize was given to the Swiss Federal Railways, rather than a municipality because of the jubilee of the Swiss Heritage Society.
The prize is named for Henri-Louis Wakker.
To get this prize, municipalities have to follow the named criteria:
- A visible, qualitative development and upgrading of townscape in a contemporary manner.
- To be respectful towards with old settlement pattern.
- An active input for above-average architectural quality, due to a good example of the municipality.
- The current place-planning prefers the development of the prize.
- At the end are following issues important for the overall assessment, protection of the area, sustainability, traffic planning and residential quality.