USD 220,000 in prize money was awarded to the best entries in the Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects from Latin America. One of three Acknowledgement prizes went to a sustainable renovation project for the Goethe Institute in São Paulo, Brazil and the main prizes went to projects from Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela in a competition that aims to promote sustainable approaches to the built environment.Sustainable construction projects awarded in Latin America » más información (Spanish) » leia mais (Portuguese) »
The project proposes a convincing and innovative renovation of an existing structure to increase its overall environmental, functional, and aesthetic performance. A solution is explored to increase energy efficiency by the clever combination of a green roof, green external walls, and an advanced window design.
Additional technologies that are to be commended in this work include a chimney that provides natural ventilation while barring noise from the surroundings, solar panels, water tanks that recycle grey water, as well as those measures taken to increase soil permeability.
The work is also ethically sensible, incorporating directly the input of effected stakeholders. An economically viable model is advanced in that the overall costs for refurbishment and subsequent maintenance are greatly reduced. Through careful exploration of the potential yield of sustainable construction, the project makes a positive impact on the community by offering a contextual catalyst to the neighborhood.
More than a building, the proposal instigates an environmental event that promises a perpetually transforming aesthetic in response to seasonal conditions. An important case study in ecological and architectural design is put forward and is to be commended for its proficient level of accomplishment.See more
This entry calls for the innovative renovation of an existing structure to increase its overall environmental, functional, and aesthetic performance. Multiple solutions are explored to increase energy efficiency, most notably through the use of a green roof, green facades, and a technologically advanced window design. Such measures promise a significant decrease in energy consumption while also serving to buffer the building from its noisy surroundings.
The authors also pursue an ethically sensible design process, taking into account the input of affected stakeholders. The proposed model for financing is economically viable in that the overall costs for refurbishment and subsequent maintenance are greatly reduced. Equally worthy of merit is the positive impact on the community. An important case study in ecological and architectural design is put forward and is to be commended for its level of accomplishment.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.01 MB) »See more
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