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Reception in Jakarta for Awards winners from Indonesia
Reception in Jakarta for Awards winners from Indonesia

A reception at the Jakarta Design Centre was held for the winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards competition from Indonesia. Indonesia has an enviable record when it comes to the LafargeHolcim Awards – and the current cycle has been no exception with an Awards Silver, Acknowledgement prize and Next Generation prize all heading to this country of more than 13,000 islands and 261 million people. 

"Lightweight & Passive" – Sustainable design by SHAU
"Lightweight & Passive" – Sustainable design by SHAU

Architects Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata from SHAU won the Silver Award in Asia Pacific and view the use of material and passive climate strategies as key to the project's sustainability. Set within a park in Bandung, this “Microlibrary” is part of a larger project to raise literacy via a network of libraries across Indonesia.

"Confirming Our Focus on the Environment & Stakeholders" – LafargeHolcim Awards prize winner Milinda Pathiraja
"Confirming Our Focus on the Environment & Stakeholders" – LafargeHolcim Awards prize winner Milinda Pathiraja

Winning prizes in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition confirmed the importance Robust Architecture Workshop's focus on delivering environmental performance and stakeholder engagement. Principal Milinda Pathiraja explained the positive impact of the LafargeHolcim Awards on both the prize-winning Community Library project in Ambepussa, and the work of the architectural practice in general.

"Looking to the Land" – Sustainable design by Kamil Muhammad
"Looking to the Land" – Sustainable design by Kamil Muhammad

An organic farm and vocational center on the outskirts of the Jakarta metropolitan region looks to the land to improve its success rate. Kamil Muhammad of pppooolll emphasises how working with the climate, local farmers, and bamboo grown in the area of many years contributes to his Acknowledgement prize-winning project from Asia Pacific.

"Making a New History" – Sustainable Design by Boonserm Premthada
"Making a New History" – Sustainable Design by Boonserm Premthada

A surrealistic pavilion that turns a local waste product into a durable contribution to community will be the focus for making a new history. The Acknowledgement prize-winner for Asia Pacific by Boonserm Premthada of Bangkok Project Studio sets a new agenda for a precinct dominated by coal-powered electricity generation. 

"Process, People & Scalability" – Sustainable design by Miho Mazereeuw & Larisa Ovalles
"Process, People & Scalability" – Sustainable design by Miho Mazereeuw & Larisa Ovalles

A water-treatment and reservoir facility wrapped with social infrastructure won an Acknowledgement prize in Asia Pacific for Miho Mazereeuw, Larisa Ovalles and team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban Risk Lab, USA. The sustainability of the project is centered on thinking through the water collection process and enabling ongoing management of the project to be handed over to a local women's collective. 

Sustainable design: "Ancient style & modern function" – Cong Nie
Sustainable design: "Ancient style & modern function" – Cong Nie

The Baitasi urban regeneration in Beijing revives an historic neighborhood by deploying minimal means for maximum effect. Cong Nie of Tsinghua University explains how the Acknowledgement prize winner for Asia Pacific preserves an ancient architectural style while incorporating modern urban function.

Sustainable design: "Emotion, environment and efficiency" - Avneesh Tiwari
Sustainable design: "Emotion, environment and efficiency" - Avneesh Tiwari

The three E's of Emotion, Environment and Efficiency frame the sustainability context of the Gold Award winner for Asia Pacific says Avneesh Tiwari of atArchitecture in Mumbai. "White Rabbit: Home for marginalized children" in Thane, India creates a building with a playful and generous vertical form on a tight urban site.

White Rabbit: Gold 2017 Asia Pacific
White Rabbit: Gold 2017 Asia Pacific

Home for marginalized children, Thane, India – This home for 30 children replaces an existing facility which tends to flood and lacks ventilation. The proposal reacts to the constrained site by leaving a void for ventilation at the back of the site, drawing air upward and providing indirect light. That this is mainly a space for children is reflected in the playful design sensitive to their scale and perception.

Catenary Arches: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific
Catenary Arches: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific

Ban Chang Town Hall, Rayong, Thailand – The project began with a decision by the local community to invest in constructing a community hub instead of financing their annual festival – durable rather than temporary investment. The open-air structure is intended to be functionally vague to host varied activities. The use of fly ash is common as a partial substitute for cement. In this location, near a large coal power plant though, it takes on additional meaning as the conversion of industrial waste into structure.

Floating University: Bronze 2017 Asia Pacific
Floating University: Bronze 2017 Asia Pacific

BRAC University campus, Dhaka, Bangladesh – This project achieves the impossible on polluted swampland in Dhaka: it adds both built and open space to the city. Working with the client, an NGO-run university by BRAC (Building Resources Across Communities), the project team proposes a building that floats above the pond. The whole ground level of the project is opened to the public. Above, sustainable thinking permeates the design of the university building.

Growing Grassroots: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific
Growing Grassroots: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific

Organic agriculture in Parung, West Java, Indonesia – An Indonesia-based non-profit, non-governmental organization Urban Poor Consortium (UPC) acquired a parcel of land at the edge of an existing village 40km south of Jakarta to protect local farmers from imminent eviction. Plans were recently made, with the support of local stakeholders, to transform the existing farmland into a training center for young farmers interested in promoting organic agriculture.

Micro Library: Silver 2017 Asia Pacific
Micro Library: Silver 2017 Asia Pacific

Learning Center in Bandung, Indonesia – Set within a park, this “micro library” aims to raise literacy by offering attractive spaces for reading. The proposal is part of a larger project to construct a network of libraries across the country. Basic construction methods are easily achievable in the local context. By putting together simple components in a creative way, the project achieves complexity with minimal means.

Maximize the Minimum: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific
Maximize the Minimum: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific

Baitasi urban regeneration, Beijing, China – Initiated by a state-owned enterprise, the project offers a set of strategies for the regeneration of the Baitasi historic neighborhood in the west downtown district of Beijing. The proposed scheme empowers local stakeholders and vulnerable on-site residents to upgrade infrastructure and public services, while encouraging them to improve their housing and workshop units themselves.

Post-War Collective: Building Better Recognition 2017 Asia Pacific
Post-War Collective: Building Better Recognition 2017 Asia Pacific

The LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition is awarded to a winning project from a previous competition cycle, that has been realized and stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building. In Asia Pacific, this accolade went to Robust Architecture Workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, represented by Milinda Pathiraja. Their design for a community library, built with the support of former army personnel, shows that “turning swords into ploughshares” can be realized even today. 

Water Collective: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific
Water Collective: Acknowledgement 2017 Asia Pacific

Multifunctional public space in Thecho, Nepal – This project replaces an existing dilapidated guesthouse with a new multifunctional building. The new structure keeps a historic Paati – a type of covered public space. Wrapped around the Paati is a plinth design with a water tank at the center, providing safe water to the community. When needed, the seismically sound structure can also be used as emergency shelter. 

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.

Reconciled Landscape: Acknowledgement 2017 North America
Reconciled Landscape: Acknowledgement 2017 North America

Urban watershed framework plan, Conway, AR, USA - This project reconstructs the wetland corridors lost to a previous generation of urban expansion. The new zones of green connectivity act as flood management and water filtration zones.

Ingrained Framework: Acknowledgement 2017 North America
Ingrained Framework: Acknowledgement 2017 North America

All-timber high-rise load-bearing structure, Portland, OR, USA - The design of “Ingrained Framework” proposes a 12-level building using wood as the principal construction material. Intended for realization in the city of Portland, Oregon, the design recognizes timber as an important local resource, acknowledging the region’s longstanding tradition in wood construction. 

Elemental Construction: Acknowledgement 2017 North America
Elemental Construction: Acknowledgement 2017 North America

UCLA Warner Graduate Art Studio renovation and addition, Culver City, CA, USA - The project’s basic objectives are twofold: to rehabilitate existing urban and architectural elements – through adaptive reuse and complementary additions; and to frame a discourse on the role of mundane construction as the generator of space and form.

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