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November 16, 2017 | Project update | Bogotá, Colombia

Newly-opened Ágora Bogotá International Convention Centre is third largest in Latin America
Newly-opened Ágora Bogotá International Convention Centre is third largest in Latin America

The convention centre designed by Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) received an Acknowledgement prize for their vertically-stacked structure that minimizes building footprint and maximizes outdoor public space in the heart of Colombia’s capital. After five years in design and construction, the 64,000-square-metre convention centre opened in October 2017 by hosting the World Summit of Young Leaders.

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November 10, 2017 | Awards certificate handover | Zurich, Switzerland

Steven Holl receives Awards certificate for Malawi project
Steven Holl receives Awards certificate for Malawi project

New York based architect Steven Holl won a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for his design of the Miracle for Africa Foundation central library in Lilongwe, Malawi. The jury for Middle East Africa had praised the project’s sophisticated, undulating design that synthesizes effective shading, natural ventilation, solar energy, and greywater recycling into one seductive and highly resolved form. LafargeHolcim Foundation Board member Marilyne Andersen caught up with Steven Holl in Zurich, where she presented an Awards prizewinner certificate – a fitting combination as both are passionate about the use of daylight in architecture.

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Zero net energy school building: Building Better Recognition 2017 North America
Zero net energy school building: Building Better Recognition 2017 North America

The LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition in North America went to Gloria Lee and Nathan Swift of SwiftLeeOffice in Pasadena, CA, USA. The two architects designed a new school building prototype for the Los Angeles Unified School District to replace several inadequate temporary structures.

Public Condenser in France: Building Better Recognition 2017 Europe
Public Condenser in France: Building Better Recognition 2017 Europe

Gilles Delalex and his team from Muoto Architecture Studio in Paris won the Building Better Recognition which is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition that has since been built and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building. The architects excelled in accommodating infrastructure for eight universities under the roof of a highly economical and cost-efficient building. The project won LafargeHolcim Awards Silver in 2014. The building was completed in 2016 and stands as proof that theory can indeed exist in practice.

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The building features high levels of flexibility without compromising its architectural …
Project update November 2017 – Breathing envelope, Bogotá, Colombia

The building features high levels of flexibility without compromising its architectural quality that is illuminated and ventilated naturally through an actively responding and acoustically sealed enclosure. Photo: Ágora Bogotá …

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