Some 250 guests representing 140 companies in 20 countries attended a full-day event organized by Holcim including presentations and workshops dedicated to the topic of “Building Asia together” at the iconic Marina Bay Sands convention center in Singapore. Keynote addresses included a speech by renowned architect, and Global Holcim Awards finalist, Ken Yeang of T R Hamzah & Yeang International in Malaysia on “Creating a sustainable construction ecosystem for Asia.”
Ken Yeang was honored for his Ecologically-designed retail and commercial building in the master-planned administrative capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya, which was one of 15 finalists to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The 14-level commercial and retail building brings together state-of-the-art technologies appropriate for high-quality use in two interconnected towers that use vegetation to actively reduce energy consumption, provide solar shading, and create comfortable spaces considering all requirements of utilization.
Trends in construction, sustainability and productivity in the built environment were the key topics of the Large and Infrastructure Projects (LIP) Forum which was initiated and moderated by Paul Hugentobler, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd, and strategically timed on the day between the World Cities Summit in Singapore and the inauguration of Holcim Singapore’s Centre of Excellence, a state-of-the-art research laboratory to develop efforts into sustainable construction. “The Centre of Excellence shows that Holcim can develop and deliver innovative solutions contributing to sustainable construction”, said Paul Hugentobler.
The LIP Forum aimed to interconnect participants from the entire value chain of the construction industry to exchange knowledge about each other’s capabilities, share common issues and to find ways of effectively working across different disciplines. “We were presented with public and private sector skills and technology confirming that Asia should and will build sustainably to meet the rapidly growing demands for infrastructure and other constructions projects,” said Paul Hugentobler.
All Holcim Group companies from the region were represented at the LIP Forum with booths showing innovative responses to sustainable construction demands, and an exhibition dedicated to the Centennial of Holcim and the 3rd cycle of the Holcim Awards competitions rounded off the event.See more
The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world were automatically qualified to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The more extensive submission on the Ecologically-designed retail and commercial building for the global phase of the competition can be found here:
The Holcim Awards Bronze was awarded to a team led by architect Ken Yeang of T R Hamzah & Yeang International for a 14-level commercial and retail building located in Malaysia’s federal administrative city of Putrajaya. The building brings together state-of-the-art technologies appropriate for high-quality use in two interconnected towers that use vegetation to actively reduce energy consumption, provide solar shading, and create comfortable spaces considering all requirements of utilization. The jury commended the project for its imaginative and leading-edge response to upmarket building design that uses integrative engineering to create a sustainable building organism, showcasing best practice design.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Asia Pacific »
The jury considered this project an imaginative and leading-edge response to upmarket building design. The well balanced, detailed and pinpointed combination of high-tech elements with the functional integration of vegetation demonstrates a complex holistic approach to creating a high-class living space that is responsive to the local climate.
The 14-level commercial and retail building is located on the main boulevard of Malaysia’s planned city and federal administrative center, Putrajaya, 25km south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The building concept is based on a sophisticated, well-elaborated and integrative merger of eco-friendly state-of-the-art technologies appropriate for high quality use. The two towers are interconnected by a public atrium and pedestrian bridge, and with the shaping of the building masses producing a well-formulated urban space with an inviting atmosphere.
Vegetation is actively integrated to reduce energy consumption, provide solar shading, and create comfortable spaces considering all requirements of utilization. A double-skin façade system assimilates a number of functions acting as a ventilated air cavity, improving thermal performance and featuring traditional Malay design patterns – while also creating a unique aesthetic element in the newly-created urban space.
Active water management collects and treats surface runoff water via bioswales and is stored on-site for irrigation. The lighting concept balances economic demands of the urban surrounding with the aim to minimize energy consumption by introducing grading modes that become a beneficial aesthetic soft design element.Download project entry poster (PDF, 945.66 KB) »See more