Spanish architect Carlos Arroyo’s iconic City hall and civic center recycled from former factory in Oostkamp, Belgium won the Holcim Awards Silver 2011 for Europe and has since received accolades from the Flemish Government and architecture portal ArchDaily. Instead of demolishing the former Coca-Cola factory on the four-hectare site, the design refurbishes the building and transforms its use, with significant grey energy and cost savings compared to new construction.Read more »
The Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2012 winning urban redevelopment project, Flussbad Berlin, has received a total of USD 4.8 million in further funding from two sources. The National Projects of Urban Development program selected Flussbad Berlin as one of 21 outstanding projects from across Germany, and approved a grant of USD 3.2million for the project. In addition, the jury appointed by the Federal Building Ministry to select projects for funding consisted of members of the German parliament and experts from various disciplines allocated USD 1.6 million from the state of Berlin.Read more »
The John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design project involves the renovation and expansion to the University of Toronto’s facility at One Spadina Crescent. Construction work on the project led by architects Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner of NADAAA: the first phase includes renovation of the south-facing Gothic Revival building plus the construction of a 9,300 square meter new building that will house a new library, art gallery, and design studios for the architecture school.
Antoine Vernholes and Edwin Heathcote comment on their analysis of the Holcim Awards 2014 prize winning entries: “I was glad to see that architects and landscape designers look beyond the design and straight into society and the economics of the way the world works,” Heathcote explains. A special issue of leading contemporary architecture magazine ‘A’A’ L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui features Selected Projects from the winners of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions.
Weather interface: in a country with unstable weather, the design incorporates an interface that responds to external conditions. The wind-powered artificial sun, the anidolic natural light ducts, and the sheltered piazza interact with …