LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

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Project Updates

News on the progress of sustainable construction projects associated with the LafargeHolcim Awards. The updates report on winning projects that have evolved from inspired ideas into tangible examples of sustainable construction.

March 15, 2018 | Main Station Stuttgart | Stuttgart, Germany

"Light eyes" take shape
Main Station Stuttgart

Construction of the first of 28 chalice-shaped concrete pillars that will be the eye-catching feature of the 400m long and 80m wide train station concourse in Stuttgart begins. The pillars will support the roof of the underground station and serve as “light eyes”, allowing daylight to enter the hall below. 

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November 16, 2017 | Breathing Envelope | Bogotá, Colombia

Unconventional sustainability heralds start of deep urban transformation
Breathing Envelope

The convention centre designed by Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) received an Acknowledgement prize for their vertically-stacked structure that minimizes building footprint and maximizes outdoor public space in the heart of Colombia’s capital. After five years in design and construction, the 64,000-square-metre convention centre opened in October 2017 by hosting the World Summit of Young Leaders.

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June 14, 2017 | The mysterious story of the garden that makes water | Cehegín, Spain

Capturing economic and botanical vitality
The mysterious story of the garden that makes water

A heavy snowfall in the Spanish town of Cehegín caused a landslip that destroyed a cluster of houses on a steep embankment in the old quarter. The area was not repaired and became known as “El Coso”. Little by little, the area deteriorated even further and interrupted the flow of adjacent streets, while the townsfolk created ad hoc paths to traverse the urban void.

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March 16, 2017 | Material Reduction: Efficient fabric-formed concrete | Abingdon, United Kingdom

Routledge publishes “The Fabric Formwork Book” by Mark West
Material Reduction: Efficient fabric-formed concrete

“The Fabric Formwork Book: Methods for Building New Architectural and Structural Forms in Concrete” is the first comprehensive monograph on the emerging technology of flexible molds for reinforced concrete architecture. 

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March 10, 2017 | Zero net energy school building in California | Yuba City, CA, USA

Net Zero Energy schools are best in class
Zero net energy school building in California

Swift Lee Office’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) High-Performing School Prototype has been successfully built on three sites in California. SLO is now a contender to design and manufacture the prototype classroom buildings for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at various school sites, where it is shifting the discussion on building cost away from the short term to examine sustainability across the building’s life cycle.

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February 23, 2017 | Re-Made Fabric | Chittagong, Bangladesh

"The LafargeHolcim Awards encouraged us and extended our network internationally" – Meriem Chabani
Re-Made Fabric

Winning a LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation prize has had a significant impact on Meriem Chabani, a young French-Algerian architect: “It has given rise to publications and brought us numerous invitations to present this work,” she explains in an interview series by French/English magazine L’Architecture d’Aujhourd’hui (‘A’A’).

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February 22, 2017 | Coastal fog-harvesting tower | Huasco, Chile

A tower of strength
Coastal fog-harvesting tower

The spiralling towers created by Alberto Fernández and Susana Ortega capture the moisture from the clouds of the “Camanchaca”, a coastal fog originating from the anticyclone of the Pacific. The towers are planned for the dry coastal fringe of Chile where agriculture is constrained by water scarcity. Since winning a Next Generation prize in 2008, the concept has been further developed with funding from the Chilean Government and from the United Nations. The construction of the towers was adapted from the original design to interconnect the structure and the fabric, which accelerates the construction process.

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February 21, 2017 | Articulated Site in Colombia | Medellín, Colombia

Colectivo 720, committed to sustainability
Articulated Site in Colombia

2015, was certainly a year to remember for Colectivo 720. After winning the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Latin America in 2014, architects Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé, together with Juan Calle and Horacio Valencia of EPM Group, won the Global LafargeHolcim Award Gold the year after.

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February 20, 2017 | Poreform | Las Vegas, USA

Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor address the global challenge of water scarcity

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) interviewed American designers Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor of Water Pore Partnership who won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2014 for their Poreform project. Their approach repositions water infrastructure as a civic project: using a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin to capture rain runoff that adds over 75,000 megaliters to the water supply capacity of Las Vegas, USA. Capable of rapid saturation and slow release, the flood-control pores of this “urban skin” are inlets to a new infrastructure that reframes water as a valuable resource rather than a liability.

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February 18, 2017 | Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct | Berlin, Germany

Jan and Tim Edler, from Utopia to Reality
Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) discussed their iconic Flussbad project with Jan and Tim Edler from Berlin-based realities:united studio. The architects won two LafargeHolcim Awards (LafargeHolcim Award Gold for Europe in 2011, Global LafargeHolcim Award Bronze in 2012) for their project located in the centre of Berlin that aims to transform an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural “swimming pool”.

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