In the regional LafargeHolcim Awards, four projects in each region receive an Acknowledgement prize. Adèle Naudé Santosfrom the USA plans affordable housing with integrated workplaces in Cartagena, Colombia. Vinicius Andrade and Marcelo Morettin from São Paulo, Brazil designed a sustainable new building for the National Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro. Paula Montoya and Javier Alonso from Spain propose a mobile modular-design hospital in Masaya, Nicaragua. Irene García Brenes, Edgar Mora Altamirano, Erick Calderón Acuña, Alvin Soto Bolaños, and Antonio Salas from Costa Rica propose a convincing development strategy for Curridabat in Costa Rica – in harmony with nature and the environment.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
This project is a prototype for temporary rural surgical hospitals. Because of the sensitivity of the equipment and supplies, it proposes a hybrid approach of prefabrication and local construction. Recycled shipping containers are outfitted as the core spaces of the hospital – operating room, pharmacy, kitchen, and laundry – and delivered in situ. Local builders erect wooden piles and place the containers in an elevated courtyard arrangement. Local carpentry is then also used to cover the containers with a tessellated timber roof for shading and ventilation. As the medical center expands, the complex can grow with it. Clinic rooms and patient rooms extend out from the surgical core in a pinwheel arrangement. When the surgical core is relocated, these wings remain as a lasting resource for local public health.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
Seeding technique: Innovation, transferability and social inclusion
The aim of the project is to insert a healing seed that evolves into a complex clinical structure, providing an affordable and intelligent building method. The procedure begets open source know-how for the community. It provides a collaborative technique from recycled prefabricated elements, that are operational for site workshop; the logistics are so simple that the basic unit may be set up and dismantled in very little time allowing the procedure to be repeated somewhere else. Therefore, local agents become system experts ensuring long term maintenance. It operates with social and gender equity as it employs local crafts. Roof and enclosure are tailored with local materials and expertise. Environmental education involves passive energy, earthquake prevention and waste management.
“Socratea" adapted species: resource and environmental performance
The project is conceived as a highly adaptive construction with minimum impact on the site. The recoverable shallow foundations imply no soil movement. As a semi-prefabricated building process there is a minimum waste production. The roof and enclosure design provides thermal inertia, cooling and naturally ventilating the inner structure while collecting fresh water for the dry season. The building is elevated from the ground in order to protect from humidity and flooding. The passive energy is condensed in solar towers with photovoltaic cells combined with micro wind turbines. A smart grid manager coordinates and optimizes production and consumption of energy. Grey water is managed, biologically treated and returned to lagoon. Materials are chosen on low ecological footprint criteria.
Renewed forest: contextual impact and economic viability
The seeding technique also applies to economy and landscape. Socratea pursues a forest recovery operation. It blends in with a highly savage environment where volcanoes, tropical storms and earthquakes have given shape to the landscape. The building is designed to perform in extreme conditions, which makes it resistant and sustainable for the local economies. It is suitable for different geographical scenarios both stable and unstable: the pilot case of Masaya is a testing field that provides example for emergency situations. The project adapts to size needs and may expand or reduce responding to changing program needs. It preserves natural watercourses and animal routes and performs as a breeding ground for endangered vegetal species.See more
Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua: a prototype for temporary rural surgical hospitals. Because of …