The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction sought out the best sustainable construction projects in Europe – and awarded the winners about a quarter millions Swiss Francs at the Awards ceremony in Geneva. In his address, Swiss Federal Councillor Joseph Deiss said that sustainability, which has a long tradition in Switzerland, is necessary in all aspects of life, and that economic and ecological priorities are no contradiction.Media release – Prizes for sustainable construction projects in Europe » lesen Sie mehr (German) » pour en savoir plus (French) » más información (Spanish) » per saperne di piú (Italian) »
This work presents a successful integration of tectonic research and practice related experience. The project is commended for its ambitious effort to establish a common research platform between nations of the European Union, thus emphasizing the urgency of encouraging sustainable construction on a continental scale.
Also important is the systematic approach to developing ecologically aware architecture and therefore can be transferred to a wide range of environmental challenges. Displaying a high degree of technical sophistication, the systems are oriented to yielding optimal air purification and treatment - through the use of inter-programmatic buffers - as well as with energy production - through the use of wind turbines.
Both measures are skillfully and intricately integrated into the architectural proposal instead of being applied externally. The prototype makes an aesthetically convincing contribution to the proposed context while also serving as a daring catalyst for similar future endeavors.See more
Located in Portugal, this project presents a successful merger of tectonic research and experience. The work deserves merit for the ambition to establish a common research platform between nations of the European Union, thus serving to draw attention to sustainable construction on a continental scale. Also important is the notion of an ecological architecture that can be transferred to a wide range environmental applications.
Displaying a high degree of technical sophistication, the systems promise to yield optimal air purification and treatment – through the use of interprogrammatic buffers – as well as with energy production – through the use of wind turbines. Both measures are skillfully integrated into the design proposal rather than being applied externally. The prototype is aesthetically convincing and makes a valuable contribution to the chosen context, serving as a catalyst for similar future endeavors.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.03 MB) »See more
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