Six projects were presented with an Acknowledgement prize. A post-earthquake housing renovation project in Kobe, Japan by Masaaki Takeuchi of uzulab and Shihoko Koike of Osaka City University upgrades an existing concrete structure using simple means to include a ground-floor retail facility, outdoor gardens, and extensively vegetated exterior structures forming an ameliorated urban space.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Asia Pacific »
The jury acknowledges the well-detailed concept that makes use of extremely simple devices. The original concrete structure is transformed into differentiated space. The exterior creates garden spaces and a new level of aesthetic quality which was previously lacking. The combination of inside and outside – both from interior and exterior and from exterior to public space – is a determining element of the project’s concept. Through this connection, the structure becomes a positive symbol of community. The use of recycled timber components is exemplary.
The aftermath of the 1995 Kobe earthquake is still visible in the city, which left more than 6,000 casualties and caused USD 100 billion in damage. More than fifteen years later, a number of buildings that were constructed quickly after the incident now require extensive renovation. The aim of this project is to upgrade an existing concrete structure using simple means. In five steps, the interior and immediate surroundings of the building shall be improved. The starting point is a series of interior works which convert the ground floor into a retail facility.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.72 MB) »