Philippe Rizzotti and Tanguy Vermet were presented with a Global Holcim Awards Finalist 2012 certificate for the Lifestyle apartments and infrastructure recycled from former freeway viaducts near Scilla, Italy.
The collaborative project Parco Solare Sud – Nests for European Snowbirds by Philippe Rizzotti Architects, Samuel Nageotte Architecture and Off Architecture, all based in France, developed plans for the conversion of one of the viaducts on a recently bypassed section of an expressway into vertical homes. The housing units near Scilla in Southern Italy are intended for European retirees attracted to the region by advantageous climatic and lifestyle factors.
The project was introduced at a roundtable discussion on sustainable construction organized by Holcim France together with Architecture d’Aujourd’hui magazine. Global Holcim Awards Gold 2012 winner for Secondary school with passive ventilation system in Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré, introduced the Holcim Awards competition to the audience and CEO of Holcim France, Gérard Letellier, presented the finalist certificate.
Inspired by the topic of the 4th International Holcim Forum, a conference held earlier in the year at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay) in Mumbai, the roundtable discussion focused on the “Economy of Sustainable Construction”. The event attracted more than 80 guests to the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the center for information, documentation and exhibition of urban planning and architecture for Paris. Professionals from diverse fields shared their experience and confirmed that despite the constraints of the current fiscal downturn and more stringent environmental standards – it is still possible to create quality architecture and achieve a built environment that enables environmental performance.
Roundtable panelists included Alain Philip, responsible for development and planning for the city of Nice; Luc Gwiazdzinski, geographer; Carmen Santana, architect; Edouard Francis, architect; and Franck Boutté architect/engineer. Moderator of the panel was architecture journalist Philippe Trétiack, who attended the last Holcim Forum and extrapolated findings from the Forum into the local context.See more
The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world were automatically qualified to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The more extensive submission on the Lifestyle apartments and infrastructure recycled from former freeway viaducts for the global phase of the competition can be found here:
The Holcim Awards Bronze was awarded to a collaborative project by Philippe Rizzotti Architects, Samuel Nageotte Architecture and Off Architecture, all based in France, which plans the conversion of one of the viaducts on a recently bypassed section of an expressway into vertical homes. The housing units near Scilla in Southern Italy are intended for European retirees attracted to the region by advantageous climatic and lifestyle factors.
A total of USD 300,000 was presented to ten outstanding projects submitted by architects, planners, engineers and project owners. The winning projects show the wide range of approaches in the region to sustainable construction that respond both to intensified urbanization and innovation in building materials and construction techniques.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Europe » per saperne di piú (Italian) »
The jury endorsed this project as an excellent example of the smart transformation of an existing structure into a completely different use offering new economic chances to an up until now neglected region.
Remarkable is the minimal footprint and the way the scheme efficiently makes use of the bridge’s supporting structure that is to accommodate the infrastructure and technical utilities. The fact that the bridge will not be demolished results in a positive material balance and reduces the overall expenses.
The development of a new freeway that replaces the present one and its viaducts from the 1960s and 1970s offers manifold potentials for handling the existing structures. Parco Solare Sud – Nests for European Snowbirds proposes a sensible conversion of one of the viaducts into vertical homes, 5km east of Scilla in southern Italy. The homes are intended for European retirees attracted by lifestyle factors including the climate and breathtaking scenery overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The vertical piles of the bridge are reinforced to improve their structural capacity, with horizontal platforms created to house living units, medical services, recreation and shops. It includes the usage of renewable energies including geothermal power based on hot dry rock technology.
Rainwater is harvested; water from the geothermal system is recycled in the sanitation system; and, following use treated by phytoremediation and methanization. The Nests for European Snowbirds is a unique building that promotes the identity and attractiveness of the region with regard to its economy.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.69 MB) » See more