International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

Awards Overview

Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

This primary healthcare facility in rural India by flying elephant studio has sophisticated …
This primary healthcare facility in rural India by flying elephant studio has sophisticated detailing and respects the specific qualities of the materials employed. The simple and elegant design provides gathering spaces used to provide health awareness programs to the local community, and won a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize in 2011.

Recognition of forward-looking projects

The Holcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts on regional and global levels. A total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle.

The competition seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth. Projects should, in addition, exemplify architectural excellence, a high degree of transferability, and thereby extend notions of sustainable construction and design throughout all stages of a project’s lifecycle.

“Target issues” for sustainable construction

To evaluate the competition entries, the Holcim Foundation has identified five “target issues” for sustainable construction:

Innovation and transferability – Progress

Ethical standards and social inclusion – People

Resource and environmental performance – Planet

Economic viability and compatibility – Prosperity

Contextual and aesthetic impact – Place

Holcim Awards (main category) and “Next Generation” (young professionals and students category)

There are two categories within the competition. The Holcim Awards (main category) is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues affecting contemporary building and construction. In the “Next Generation” category, the Holcim Awards competition also seeks visions and bold ideas of young professionals and students up to 30 years of age.

Two-phase global competition

In the regional phase of the competition, independent juries supported by partner universities of the Holcim Foundation evaluate submissions in each of the five regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

In the global phase, the 15 projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver or Bronze in the regions automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards.

Last Updated: February 19, 2015
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Showcasing a new horizon of sustainable architecture and design
Showcasing a new horizon of sustainable architecture and design

The newly-published book Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015 presents an overview of the current global status of…