LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

Project Summary

Incremental Construction

Low-cost modular housing scheme

The Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit, a modular prototype for low-cost houses to foster development of poor neighborhoods, responds to the housing challenge of rapid urbanization.

Close to 90% of components including concrete elements and lightweight eucalyptus frames are prefabricated by small-scale enterprises, creating skilled employment and capacity building. The 56 sq m house can be erected by the owner in nine days, and can be extended by 28 sq m as funds become available.

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“An experiment that is proven in practice”
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Incremental Construction
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
“Sustainability? Acting as mediator, not as architect” – Dirk Donath
Bronze for low-cost urban housing plan in Ethiopia
“Advancing the constructive framework of the city in the very formation of the urban habitat” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Africa Middle East
Project Details
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dirk Donath
Main Author
Dirk Donath
Bauhaus University, Germany
Brook Teklehaimanot
Further Author
Brook Teklehaimanot
EiABC-Addis Ababa University , Ethiopia
Bronze 2014
Middle East Africa
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Incremental Construction: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview
Incremental Construction: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Africa Middle East – Project Overview

A project conducted in parallel by the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction & City Development …

“Sustainability? Acting as mediator, not as architect” – Dirk Donath
“Sustainability? Acting as mediator, not as architect” – Dirk Donath

Dirk Donath from Bauhaus University, Germany says the success of his Holcim Awards Bronze winning project comes from …

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