The path of Tropical Storm Nate across Central America and the Caribbean – with heavy winds and torrential rain pummelling Costa Rica – delayed the journey of the Next Generation 3rd prize winning team from Argentina. The group of five students from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba were unable to reach San José in time for the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony for Latin America, but the inconvenience didn’t dampen the team’s spirit.
Mariela Marchisio, Dean of Architecture at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba received the Next Generation prize on behalf of the winning team at the ceremony. The Next Generation winning team of Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara and Lucía Uribe Echevarria arrived in San José on the day following the Awards ceremony and participated in the site tours with other winning teams and invited guests.
At the farewell dinner, there was a perfect opportunity to present the team with their Next Generation prize to enthusiastic applause. The aim of their project is to insert new small towers within the informal fabric of Córdoba, Argentina. The project’s twofold objective is to provide an array of services for low-income populations as well as to increase social interaction among citizens.See more
Four prizes were awarded in the increasingly popular Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years. This category seeks visionary projects and bold ideas, and gives young professionals public exposure and a platform to gain recognition. For the first time in the history of the LafargeHolcim Awards, more projects were submitted in the Next Generation category than in the main category. The first and the third Next Generation prizes went to teams from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. In first place were Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo, with a large-scale plan to harness tidal energy on the coast of Punta Loyola, Argentina. Their colleagues Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara, and Lucía Uribe Echevarria were awarded for their Service Point Towers, with which they plan to offer services mainly for underprivileged residents of Latin American cities. The second prize went to Boris Lefevre from France. In Cerro de Pasco in Peru, he aims to unite two incompatible functions in one building: sewage treatment and public baths. The fourth prize went to Alejandro Vargas Marulanda, Daniel Felipe Zuluaga Londoño, and Iojann Restrepo García from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, Colombia, for their design for flexible-use telecommunication towers in their city.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
“Service Points” are new small towers inserted within the informal fabric of Córdoba, Argentina. The project’s twofold objective is to provide an array of services for low-income populations as well as to increase social interaction among citizens. Covering a spectrum of amenities, the towers offer spaces for multiple uses – ranging from everyday activities such as childcare, cooking, and laundry to cultural activities such as theater, music, and exhibitions. In terms of their construction, the towers form an adaptable framework (including the necessary infrastructure), which can be transformed to accommodate current as well as hitherto unforeseen needs. The structures correspondingly define open outdoor spaces, which can be used and thus appropriated by the users as well.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
Innovation and transferability / economic viability and compatibility
We believe that architecture should be summarized to its services, it should contain activities inside, but the strength of the space should be outside, within everybody’s reach. The project seeks the lowest investment, generating the greatest amount of useful meters. The main structure is made of metallic elements, which allow easy and quick assembly, and the possibility of performing in places of different geographical and climatic conditions. The structures are designed to seek maximum efficiency, composed of the least amount of elements, and which generate free spaces, adaptable to different types of buildings. Each infrastructure tower can act independently or create a system of services more ample to contain activities of greater size, adapt to different dimensional requirements.
Environmental performance and use of resources / aesthetic and contextual impact
The top of these service towers is designed to receive rainwater, and in the thickness of its edge contain water reservoirs tanks, allowing irrigation and water supply throughout the project. The towers are designed with the least possible amount of elements, and with prefabricated parts that can be easily assembled in the place, reducing the impact in the area of intervention. The material is steel, which allows for sustainability over time, as maintenance is minimal and maximum durability. The main structure generates a thickness of one meter in the enclosure of the towers, which generate a double façade, which in addition to being functional to use, serve as a climate filter, helping to create living spaces inside, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling.
Ethical standard / Social Inclusion
We seek the way in which limit that acts like separation can be resignified, operating as a link. Private entities and public policies operate with disaggregation to solve problems. We believe that public space, infrastructures and service architecture are the material ways to carry out this union. Public space is a nexus, an element capable of linking two sides of the same boundary. This must be injected infrastructures and services, to give it use and direction. We believe that architecture must be functional above all things and should serve everyone equally, helping the social mixture. The project generate architecture based on the valorization of the collective space promote an image of the public as an area of integration, participation, and belonging.See more