The Holcim Awards Silver 2008 was presented to the PUC Rio Mediatheque in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil created by Angelo Bucci of SPBR architects. The building is an attractive landmark that achieves a substantial reduction in energy consumption despite the climate control required for book and media preservation through passive design elements including appropriate orientation, heat insulation, shaded windows, natural ventilation and natural lighting.Media release – Holcim Awards honor sustainable construction in Latin America » más información (Spanish) » leia mais (Portuguese) »
The PUC Rio Mediatheque serves different purposes: it is both the knowledge base of the adjacent university campus but also is open to the public and offers educational programs to the residents in the nearby informal settlement of Favela da Rocinha. The building itself is an attractive landmark demonstrating the high standard of Brazilian architecture and exploring ultimate construction technology. Its concept is driven by passive design elements such as appropriate orientation, heat insulation, shaded windows, natural ventilation and natural lighting which will contribute to a substantial reduction of the energy consumption despite the unusually high requirements regarding the interior climate for book and media preservation.
The Pontificial Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio) plans a Low-energy university mediatheque. It will establish an architectural landmark for Rio de Janeiro as well as outreach to the informal community that lies on the institution’s doorstep. With its design using state-of-the-art technology, the building celebrates a centuries-old form of knowledge management: the book.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.49 MB) »