USD 220,000 in prize money was awarded to the best entries in the Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects from Latin America. The top prizes went to projects from Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela in a competition that aims to promote sustainable approaches to the built environment. The competition was created by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in collaboration with five of the world’s leading technical universities including the University of São Paulo, Brazil.Read more »
The project merits distinction for its sensitivity to issues of ecospaces and innovative approach to designing public space. The work offers a significant contribution to the community by implementing a multifunctional facility that includes a bus terminal connected to an elegantly designed cultural center via an elevated pedestrian path. Such coordination of diverse demands is highly respected.
Noteworthy is the skillful integration of different public services with the cultural center, a solution that is socially relevant because it serves to bring a host of activities closer to the general public. Several important features concerning sustainability are incorporated, including the green façade and roof for protection against solar radiation as well as flexible architectural systems that accommodate necessary modifications of the building configuration.
The project responds in a convincingly subtle manner to the topographical changes in height, thereby reducing the amount of earthwork required for construction. Such a situational strategy also provides distinctive differences to the four elevations. Equally notable is the socially responsible attitude to providing a diversity of safe, collective spaces whose robustness is not compromised by their refined aesthetic treatment.See more
This proposal for improving social vitality in the city center merits distinction for the innovative approach to designing public space. The work offers a significant contribution to the community by implementing a multifunctional facility including a bus terminal connected to an elegantly designed cultural center via an elevated pedestrian path. Such coordination of diverse demands is highly applauded.
Also commended is the skillful integration of different municipal services within the cultural facility, a solution that is socially relevant because it serves to bring a combination of activities to the community. Flexible architectural systems are introduced that accommodate necessary modifications of the overall building configuration. Equally notable is the socially responsible attitude to providing a diversity of safe, collective spaces whose appeal is accented by their refined architectonic treatment.Download project entry poster (PDF, 5.57 MB) »See more
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