USD 220,000 in prize money was presented to the best submissions from Asia Pacific in the Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The competition run by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in collaboration with five of the world’s leading technical universities aims to promote sustainable approaches to the built environment.Full media release – Holcim Awards 2005 for Asia Pacific » 更多详情 (Chinese) »
This project offers an exploratory case study in the use of known environmental technologies. Not only showcasing the advantages of sustainable construction, the work is also significant for its demonstrative value of the insight to be gleaned from traditional design knowledge. This factor is relevant in that it minimizes disputes as to the viability of design proposals such as this.
The work evidences an ethically discerning position toward the interdependencies of social and material environments, while simultaneously expressing a concern for the ecological footprint of man-made constructions. A high degree of technical competence is displayed in the amount of considerations given to issues like water retention and recycling, site irrigation, low-energy fixtures, wall and roof construction, as well as solar energy generation.
Such considerations not only benefit the spatial and experiential qualities of the house, but just as importantly reduce costs for construction and maintenance. While serving to embody the heritage of an indigenous building tradition, the project is nevertheless up-to- date in its physical expression, offering a timely and stimulating debate on sustainable architecture.See more
This entry from India offers an exploratory case study in the use of environmentally friendly technologies. While conceived as a showcase of contemporary sustainable construction techniques, the project provides important lessons in the untapped potential of traditional design knowledge. With expressed concern for the ecological footprint of manmade constructions, a harmonic balance of natural, social, and material environments is sought. A high degree of competence is displayed in the amount of considerations given to issues like water retention and recycling, site irrigation, low-energy fixtures, wall and roof construction, as well as the use of solar energy.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.41 MB) »
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