Building post-war skills to enhance the community in Sri Lanka

Global Holcim Awards Silver 2015 prize winner celebrated

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Presentation of the Global Silver Award 2015 (l-r): Ian Thackwray, LafargeHolcim Executive Committee member responsible for Asia Pacific; Philippe Richart, CEO Holcim Lanka; prize winners Ganga Ratnayake and Milinda Pathiraja of Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo; and Maria Atkinson, Member of the Global jury and the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Presentation of the Global Silver Award 2015 including prize winners Ganga Ratnayake (holding trophy) and Milinda Pathiraja (holding certificate) of Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo and team members, representatives of the Sri Lankan Army, LafargeHolcim, and the Global Awards jury.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    “Architects have a responsibility not only for the profession and the client, but also to society – it’s our goal to bring these dimensions together in our work.” – Milinda Pathiraja of Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Maria Atkinson, Member of the Global jury and the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation commended the project for creating a skilled and motivated workforce through an educational program and the thoughtful deployment of specific construction techniques.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Representative of the Global Holcim Awards jury, Meisa Batayneh Maani is Founder and Principal Architect at Maisam Architects & Engineers, based in Amman, Jordan.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    “We want to use our position as the world leader in the building materials industry to support sustainable construction, build awareness, and to advocate solutions that incorporate architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life.” – Ian Thackwray, Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim responsible for Asia Pacific.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    “This truly exemplary project was selected out of more than 6000 submissions from all continents, and we are proud that Sri Lanka is recipient of one of the top three global prizes” Philippe Richart, CEO of Holcim Lanka.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Presentation of the Global Silver Award 2015: celebration of prize winners Ganga Ratnayake and Milinda Pathiraja (center) of Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo and team members.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    “The project brings skill development for soldiers so they have socio-economic expertise after they leave the army” – Major General Boniface Perera, Colonel of the Sinha Regiment.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and …

    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Certificates of accomplishment were presented to the workforce engaged in building the library complex. Major Iresh Mahendra (left) and Staff Sergeant Ranjith Prematilake received certificates on behalf of the entire workforce.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    More than 200 guests from 16 countries attended the Global Silver Awards prize ceremony, which was held in the building that had won the prize.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    “This is the first time we have the honor of presenting an Awards trophy within the building that is to receive the prize.” – Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    More than 200 guests from 16 countries attended the Global Silver Awards prize ceremony, which was held in the building that had won the prize. The Awards ceremony was the first in the twelve-year history of the competition to be held on the site of the winning project and took place in the main reading hall of the library.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Members of the workforce engaged in building the library complex attended the prize handover event. The soldiers were coached in building techniques using rammed-earth walls and recycled materials that harnessed their expertise in logistics and modular construction.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Traditional drummers welcomed guests to the Global Awards Silver ceremony.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    A reception dinner was held following the ceremony adjacent to the Officers’ mess.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Guests travelled the sixty-kilometer journey from Colombo to Ambepussa on the Viceroy, which first operated on the route in 1864.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie & Lotus Tower Colombo

    When completed, the Lotus Tower will be the tallest building in South Asia with a height of 350 metres.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie & Lotus Tower Colombo

    The lotus-shaped tower will be used for communication, observation and include additional leisure facilities.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie & Lotus Tower Colombo

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie & Lotus Tower Colombo

    The tower will be 350 m tall and will be spread over 30,600 square meters of floor area.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie & Lotus Tower Colombo

    View from the top of the Lotus Tower over central Colombo.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie & Lotus Tower Colombo

    The tower will be 350 m tall and will be spread over 30,600 square meters of floor area.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    Energy consumption at MAS Intimates Thurulie is 25% lower than comparable factories, and consumption of potable water about half the norm. The visit included an inspection of the green roof that covers 1,757 square meters of the building. They are installed on concrete decks over short-span spaces in the administrative wing. Covered with turf and plants, the high thermal mass of this roof absorbs heat without transmitting it into the building.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    With a worker-centered design, industrial processes follow the high-productivity MAS lean-manufacturing standard. The production floor is separated into five halls on two floors. This makes climate control more efficient and it allows housing complete value chains within each hall.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    In the interest of worker well-being, the design team paid special attention to the work areas, particularly regarding an attractive environment, pleas- ant outdoor views, thermal comfort, fresh air, and illumination, including natural lighting and task lighting. Large windows are a key part of the design, bringing the green outdoors into all working spaces.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    With a worker-centered design, industrial processes follow the high-productivity MAS lean-manufacturing standard. The production floor is separated into five halls on two floors. This makes climate control more efficient and it allows housing complete value chains within each hall.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    The architectural design responds to the tropical climate with a full array of passive cooling measures and a clever cooling system to economically achieve a comfortable indoor environment.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize event – Site visits: MAS Intimates Thurulie

    To reduce embodied energy in the building, the main exterior walls are made of compressed stabilized earth blocks manufactured close to the building site.

A construction training and community engagement project in rural Sri Lanka won the Silver prize in the most significant international competition for sustainable design and construction. Architects Milinda Pathiraja and Ganga Ratnayake from Robust Architecture Workshop in Colombo were presented with the Award on the site of the winning project in Ambepussa. At the ceremony on the military base of the Sri Lankan Army, the Colonel of the Sinha Regiment, Major General Boniface Perera, and Global Awards jury members Maria Atkinson (Australia) and Meisa Batayneh (Jordan) praised the project for building human capacity as well as a physical structure.

Last updated: September 01, 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka

The recently completed library makes an impressive architectural statement. The facility is open to both army personnel and the neighboring communities and thereby supports a broad cross-section of the community in the process of establishing strong foundations for their future development. The building complex 60km northwest of Colombo was constructed by soldiers who were coached in building techniques using rammed-earth walls and recycled materials that harnessed their expertise in logistics and modular construction.

A15_si_Atkinson.jpgMember of the Global jury and the Board of the Holcim Foundation, Maria Atkinson (left), commended the project for creating a skilled and motivated workforce through an educational program and the thoughtful deployment of specific construction techniques. “There is significant value in the basic message of the scheme – and the construction of a library that builds both the physical and social fabric of a community”, she said. Atkinson praised the initiative of the Sinha Regiment for taking an unconventional approach by offering its soldiers practical education in construction and at the same time a place to study and develop additional skills. The Awards ceremony was the first in the twelve-year history of the competition to be held on the site of the winning project and took place in the main reading hall of the library.

Recognition for the soldiers

Lieutenant General Chirshante De Silva, Commander of the Army, and Major General Boniface Perera, Colonel of the Sinha Regiment, explained that the library project was an effective method for re-tooling former soldiers for meaningful employment that improved lives both on an individual and community level. “The project brings skill development for soldiers so they have socio-economic expertise after they leave the army”, he said. The Generals presented certificates of accomplishment to the entire workforce engaged in building the library complex.

VIDEO: Post-War Collective: Global Holcim Awards Silver…Architect Milinda Pathiraja explained that the project also contributed to improve the quality of construction in Sri Lanka: skilled workers are essential for architects and acquiring skills is also necessary for those workers aiming at having a career in the construction industry. “Architects have a responsibility not only for the profession and the client, but also to society – it’s our goal to bring these dimensions together in our work,” he said.

Commitment to create sustainability in the construction industry

Ian Thackwray, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim responsible for Asia Pacific, noted that the Awards were an integral part of the company’s commitment to sustainable development. “We want to use our position as the world leader in the building materials industry to support sustainable construction, build awareness, and to advocate solutions that incorporate architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life”, he said.

Philippe Richart,CEO of Holcim Lanka, a member of Holcim, commented on the innovative approach to vocational training and building design that is strengthened by Sri Lanka’s architectural tradition. “Robust Architecture Workshop has truly lived up to their name – creating a solution-driven approach to sustainable development that celebrates both community and structures aligned with local climate and materials. The project was selected out of more than 6000 submissions from all continents, and we are proud that Sri Lanka is recipient of one of the top three global prizes”, he said.

Holcim Foundation and Awards

A15_si_Audience_All_2.jpgHolcim and Lafarge joined forces in July 2015 to become the new global leader in the building materials industry. The activities of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction – known since 2003 for its international Awards competitions, academic Forums, online information hub and an array of publications – continue under the name LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Created by the Holcim Foundation, the 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 5th cycle of regional and global Awards competition will open for submissions in the second half of 2016.