LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

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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.

September 09, 2019 | Refrigerating Jar in Ghana | Cairo, Egypt

Cool, calm and collected
Refrigerating Jar in Ghana

The Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury praised the work of architects Wonjoon Han and Gahee Van of VHAN, and executive director Suki Yook of NGO Make Africa Better, South Korea. They considered the shea butter storage concept for the Nyingali community to be sophisticated and community focused. The prize was presented during the closing session of the 6th LafargeHolcim Forum by Brinda Somaya, Principal Architect and Managing Director, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, India and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation in April 2019.

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August 31, 2019 | Legacy Restored in Niger | Dandaji, Niger

Local cultures
Legacy Restored in Niger

Building a cultural facility in a village in Niger called for the delicate approach of both Mariam Kamara, founder of Atelier masōmī, and Yasaman Esmaili, founder of studio chahar, laureates of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold Middle East Africa in 2017 and the Global LafargeHolcim Award Silver the year after.

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August 23, 2019 | Articulated Site in Colombia | Medellín, Colombia

Reservoirs of culture
Articulated Site in Colombia

Columbian practice Colectivo720 envisioned the transformation of these reservoirs into cultural and leisure facilities. “When we awarded the Medellín project, we valued the way in which an infrastructural area had been transformed into an urban site providing a recreational space for the neighbourhood and fostering a sense of belonging in the community,” explains Fernando Diez, member of the jury of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America and director of the Argentinian architecture journal Summa+. As a result, the proposal was crowned with a regional Gold Award in 2014, a Global Award Gold in 2015 as well as a Building Better Recognition Prize for Latin America in 2017. These recognitions, in addition to showcasing an exemplary project, had many positive consequences for the development of Colectivo720.

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August 21, 2019 | Stacked in Canada | Esquimalt, BC, Canada

Merging sustainability with affordability
Stacked in Canada

In March 2019, British Colombia became Canada’s first province to approve mass timber buildings up to 12 floors. This evolution paved the way for construction to start using building technology advanced by a Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 finalist project by a team led by Cindy Wilson and Oliver Lang of LWPAC + Intelligent City. They received a certificate from the LafargeHolcim Foundation in recognition of their work.

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August 14, 2019 | Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct | Berlin, Germany

Diving into the big bath
Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct

Today, everyone in Berlin is focused on the improbable reconstruction of the “Schloss”, the former palace of the Hohenzollern sovereigns. However, another project unfolding at its feet – less spectacular but altogether more avant-garde – seems to be earning so much praise from the profession that it won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Europe in 2011, followed by a Global Award Bronze the year after.

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August 13, 2019 | Post-War Collective in Sri Lanka | Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

From weapons to books
Post-War Collective in Sri Lanka

Architect Milinda Pathiraja explains that the greatest benefit of winning the Global LafargeHolcim Award was the international exposure it gave Robust Architecture Workshop as a young architectural practice from Sri Lanka. “We were less than three years into the practice when we won the Awards – the regional and the global one – and the library project was only the third building we had completed”, he explains.

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July 26, 2019 | Breathing Envelope | Bogotá, Colombia

Active envelope
Breathing Envelope

Fairs, exhibitions and other types of conventions spotlight a city as well as its facilities. Yet, Ágora Bogotá, which won a LafargeHolcim Acknowledgement Prize in 2014, is a rather “discreet and silent” building. Where many were expecting a formal demonstration, the Colombian studio Bermúdez Arquitectos and the Spanish architecture office Estudio Herreros preferred to design a simple volume. The challenge here was not to design a strange, convoluted shape for this location, but rather to conceive a highly functional and compact place.

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July 18, 2019 | Decentralized sanitation system | New Delhi, India

Small change, major effects
Decentralized sanitation system

Money isn’t everything. Intelligence is also required. Julia King, laureate of a LafargeHolcim Next Generation prize for Asia Pacific in 2011, advocated a sanitation strategy for New Delhi’s poorest neighbourhoods. Based on a survey painstakingly carried out in the most deprived streets of India’s capital, this young English architect prioritized the expectations of each individual, in addition to identifying the technical problems as well as the legal obstacles.

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July 16, 2019 | Hydropuncture in Mexico | Mexico City, Mexico

Urban catalyst
Hydropuncture in Mexico

The issue of water management, particularly in underequipped urban areas, is a crucial one for Mexico City. Jointly coordinating a team from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Loreta Castro Reguera and Manuel Perló Cohen developed an innovative approach. This program works to integrate public space and light hydraulic infrastructures, thereby offering an alternative to the usual strategies, a proposal that won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Latin America in 2017, and the Global Award Gold in 2018.

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February 21, 2019 | Heritage Reframed | Toronto, Canada

A showcase for Toronto and sustainable urbanization
Heritage Reframed

The LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement-prize winning One Spadina building of the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design is exemplary for embedding sustainability into the teaching, learning and research programs of the University of Toronto. The renovation and extension of the 1875 Gothic Revival building was designed by Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner, of NADAAA in collaboration with Architect-of-record Adamson & Associates, landscape architects Public Work, and heritage architects ERA. One Spadina officially opened on November 17, 2017.

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