One of four Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes was allocated to a state-of-the-art mixed use building implementing holistic architectural design in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) led by Swiss architectural firm Bob Gysin + Partner.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Africa Middle East » أقرأ المزيد (Arabic) » pour en savoir plus (French) »
The jury acknowledges the building’s design approach to be “sustainable by design”: sustainability being an architectural quality that emerges when a building responds to and integrates its social and physical environments in the development of its form and function to make effective and efficient use of resources. The project is an example of a holistic sustainable approach applicable in climatically challenging but technically sophisticated environments.
The Swiss Village Sprinter Building project located in the exceptional Masdar concept city in Abu Dhabi integrates itself into a larger surrounding that claims sustainability as precondition. All steps of the design technique integrate state-of-the-art computer aided simulation processes where, for example, building shape is optimized to use the prevailing winds for natural ventilation and minimize solar gain.
The construction approach is balanced with local traditional design principles and methods, such as applying high building density, integrating solar chimneys and the use of locally available rammed earth techniques. Passive measures are well balanced with integrated active components such as chilled beams to reduce energy consumption (55% below Ashrae Baseline). Construction and supply chain processes were optimized with detailed consideration of local conditions.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.10 MB) »See more