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) »
The project displays innovative spirit in terms of “thinking” sustainable construction, particularly with the imaginative reuse of materials. A high level of integration is achieved by synthesizing materials, products, and existing structures. Also credited is the effort to link decentralized locations as meeting and supply stations within a given urban fabric, a proposal that suggests an intelligent method for conserving resources. Of equal ecological significance is the sensibility concerning land use and environmental impact.
Although a speculative proposal, the work nevertheless provides an economically viable model for generating new social ties and communal exchange, while at the same time offers lessons in self-sustaining facilities and waste reduction. A high degree of sensibility is also exercised relative to land and electricity consumption, thereby showing again acute concern for the ecological impact of the interventions. Of significant merit are the spatial quality and contextual response, all achieved through a sophistication of design that yields a tectonically accomplished effect.See more
This entry from Switzerland deals with sustainable construction in its very conception. The project is merited for its innovative spirit in rethinking the terms of what constitutes a sustainable environment. The author pursues an integrative approach to design by utilizing available products and existing structures as well as through the reuse of existing materials. This is an intelligent method for conserving resources.
Also commended is the effort to link decentralized locations throughout the city as new meeting points and supply stations. Such a consideration suggests how the performance of the city itself can be enhanced. Although speculative in nature, the work nevertheless follows an economically viable logic for generating social ties and communal exchange, while at the same time offering lessons in self-sustaining facilities and waste reduction. Special merit is given to the contextual response, one that yields a refined tectonic effect.Download project entry poster (PDF, 3.24 MB) »See more
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