Focus on people and place: Top sustainable construction Awards to Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico

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    Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America - Prize handover ceremony

    Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America - Prize handover ceremony

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Celebrating the Holcim Awards Gold for Medellín, presented in the city itself (l-r): project author Mario Camargo, Colectivo 720; Anibal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín; project client, Juan Calle Restrepo, Empresas Públicas de Medellín and project author, Luis Tombé, Colectivo 720.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Holcim Awards Silver presentation for “Arboreal Platform, Low-impact timber rainforest center” in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica (l-r): Manrique Arrea, CEO Holcim Costa Rica; Eduardo Kretschmer, CEO Holcim Mexico; project authors Izbeth Mendoza and Román Cordero, PLUG Architecture, Mérida, Mexico; Andreas Leu, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd, responsible for Latin America.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Presentation of the Holcim Awards Bronze for “Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school” in San Andrés Payuca, Mexico (l-r): Eduardo Kretschmer, CEO Holcim Mexico; project authors Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua, AT103, Mexico City; and Andreas Leu, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim Ltd, responsible for Latin America.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Acknowledgement for “Breathing Envelope: Vertically-stacked convention center and public spaces, Bogotá, Colombia” (l-r): Jaime Hill, CEO Holcim Colombia; members of the winning team, Jens Richter, Estudio Herreros; Daniel Bermúdez, Daniel Bermúdez Arquitecto; and Ramón Bermúdez, Estudio Herreros.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Acknowledgement for “Harvesting Agriculture: Community center for water harvesting and agriculture, Matacos, Formosa, Argentina” (l-r): Manuel Sirtori, CEO Holcim Argentina with members of the winning team, Joaquin Trillo and Damian Fernandez, Fundacion Red Comunidades Rurales.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Acknowledgement for “Indoor-Outdoor: Site-responsive school, Jacmel, Haiti” (l-r): Brigitte Cuperus, Project Coordinator, Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Switzerland with members of the winning team, Marta Niedbalec and Maciej Siuda.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Acknowledgement for “Rural Campus: University campus for community regeneration, Acatitlán, Mexico”: members of the winning team including Oscar Hagerman (far left), architect, Universidad del Medio Ambiente, Mexico City, Mexico with Eduardo Kretschmer (far right), CEO Holcim Mexico.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Acknowledgement for “Under Construction: Restoring an urban historical center, Quito, Ecuador” (l-r): Rodolfo Montero, CEO Holcim Ecuador and David Barragán, Al Borde Arquitectos, Quito, Ecuador.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    “Next Generation” 1st prize for “Fruit Salad: Riverside urban infrastructure redeployment, Manaus, Brazil” (l-r): Manuel Sirtori, CEO Holcim Argentina; with winning team Alejandro Alaniz, Patricio Francisco Cuello, Christian Barrera and Ivan Baez of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina; and Otmar Hübscher, CEO Holcim Brazil.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    “Next Generation” 2nd prize for “Laguna Chapel: Recycled timber church and community center, Zoh Laguna, Mexico” (l-r): Eduardo Kretschmer, CEO Holcim Mexico with project authors Lazbent Escobedo and Andres Soliz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    “Next Generation” 3rd prize presentation for “Den-City: Urban regeneration through densification, Córdoba, Argentina” (l-r): Manuel Sirtori, CEO Holcim Argentina with Lucia Zunino and Maya Wilberger, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    “Next Generation” 4th prize for “Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center in San José, Costa Rica” presentation (l-r): Manrique Arrea, CEO Holcim Costa Rica with project authors Fabricio Mora and Maria Emilia Sanchez, both Universidad Latina, San José and Adrián Castro, Universidad Hispanoamericana, San José.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Rooftop view and design process: Level, reuse, articulate, integrate and illuminate. The project established continuity using public space as the articulating piece and transitional axis between the city and the architectural object. The topography and the pre-existing elements are understood and transformed into landscape space that contains the program. Furthermore, local vegetation is used to improve environmental quality by creating bird-watching and wildlife trails.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Arboreal Platform: Low-impact timber rainforest center, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

    Arboreal platform: The new headquarters building for Fundecor will be a reflection of the history, traditions and construction techniques that subtly manifest in the place. The new wooden structure is based on the logic of settlement that has been present around the site for generations.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico

    Kokokali is a compound word derived from the Nahuatl kokone (children) and kali (house). Kokokali, the Children’s House, achieves an emotional connection between the educational space, its community and its users.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Water, light and the city landscape accentuate identity with place, and enhance an urban landmark.

The 12 winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America focus mainly on adaptability and social performance, and show how sustainable construction is developing multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing design and building. A public park above a series of reservoirs in Medellín, a low-impact timber rainforest center in Costa Rica and a pedagogically-aligned school in Mexico were awarded gold, silver and bronze.

Last updated: October 02, 2014 Medellín, Colombia

The 12 winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America focus mainly on adaptability and social performance, and show how sustainable construction is developing multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing design and building. A public park above a series of reservoirs in Medellín, a low-impact timber rainforest center in Costa Rica and a pedagogically-aligned school in Mexico were awarded gold, silver and bronze.

A jury of international experts led by Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica) selected the winners using the “target issues” for sustainable construction that emphasize the need for architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability – while also including the “triple bottom line” of environmental, social and economic performance. In Latin America, the Holcim Awards recognized 12 projects with a total of USD 330,000 prize money.

Improving life quality: Gold for remediation of an urban park

A14LAgoCO-08.jpgA landscape and urban design project for a public park in Medellín, Colombia, that merges social imperatives with technical requirements won the top prize. Architects Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé from Colectivo 720 in Colombia designed a park that encompasses landscape and urban design, as well as architecture and urban planning. The public space and pre-existing elements are transformed to create an outdoor auditorium and venues for a range of community activities.

At the prize giving ceremony in Medellín, Bruno Stagno applauded the Holcim Awards Gold project for exploring uncharted and interdisciplinary terrain. “Within the project, aesthetic, social, economic and environmental concerns are combined to form a sophisticated ensemble of public spaces and create a ‘socio-technical’ landscape of magnificent beauty”, he said.

Sustainability as common-sense: Silver for a low-impact timber rainforest center

The headquarters of Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, received the silver award. Román Cordero from PLUG architecture in Mexico designed an elevated wooden structure that is sensitive to its context and uses low-cost passive and active systems to minimize its environmental footprint. The wooden structure is covered by a roof constructed with panels made of recycled aluminium milk packages.

Changing the paradigm of education: Bronze for a pedagogically-aligned school

A school building in San Andrés Payuca in Mexico founded on an alternative educational model that integrates agriculture, farming and building construction into the curriculum received the bronze award. The self-built school design led by architects Julio Amezuca and Francisco Pardo of AT103 in Mexico proposes the use of cement-reinforced compacted earth blocks with tapered corners that permit assembly in a series of curves based on organic principles.

Five Acknowledgement prizes for outstanding public infrastructure

Architects Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) received an Acknowledgement prize for their vertically-stacked Ágora Bogotá (International Convention Center) with a minimized building footprint and maximized outdoor public space in the heart of Colombia’s capital.

Damian Fernandez and Joaquin Trillo of Red Comunidades Rurales in Argentina were acknowledged for their center for water harvesting and agricultural production for indigenous and Criollo communities of the Chaco forest in Argentina. Further Acknowledgement prizes went to a site-responsive school in Jacmel, Haiti, designed by a Polish group of architects led by Maciej Suida with indoor and outdoor classrooms that form “neighborhood clusters”; a rural campus for the Universidad del Medio Ambiente in Acatitlán that is dedicated to sustainable development and community regeneration and was designed by a team led by Oscar Hagerman from Mexico; as well as an urban restoration project for Quito by Al Borde Arquitectos from Ecuador that proposes a “social economy” to refurbish the historic center of the city.

Four “Next Generation” prizes for inspiring visions of tomorrow

A14LAng1BR-08.jpgThe Holcim Awards competition also seeks bold ideas in the “Next Generation” category for young professionals and students. The “Next Generation” 1st prize went to a team of students from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina for a riverside infrastructure redeployment plan for Manaus in Brazil. The proposal transfers activities currently on the fragmented waterfront onto a floating platform that connects the river and the city.

Two students from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México received the 2nd prize in the “Next Generation” category for a recycled timber church and community center in Zoh Laguna in Mexico. 3rd prize went to students from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba for an urban regeneration through densification plan for Córdoba, and the 4th prize was presented to a group of students from Universidad Latina (Heredia) and Universidad Hispanoamericana for a library and media center social development project in San José, Costa Rica.

Holcim Awards submissions for projects in Latin America were evaluated by an independent jury hosted by the Institute for Tropical Architecture (Costa Rica) and included Bruno Stagno (head of jury, Costa Rica), Marc Angélil (Switzerland), Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico), Alfredo Brillembourg (Venezuela), Angelo Bucci (Brazil), Fernando Diez (Argentina), Harry Gugger (Switzerland), Vanderley John (Brazil) and Andreas Leu (Switzerland).

The Holcim Awards ceremony in Medellín for the competition region Latin America was the third in a series of five events following Moscow for Europe and Toronto for North America. Further events will be held in Beirut for Africa Middle East and Jakarta for Asia Pacific. The projects that receive Holcim Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze in each region automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards 2015.

The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction competition seeks innovative, future-oriented and tangible construction projects to promote sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction on a local, regional and global level. The competition has been run by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation since 2004 and offers USD 2 million in prize money per three-year cycle.

The Holcim Foundation is supported by Holcim Ltd and its Group companies in around 70 countries and is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services.

Holcim Awards 2014 prize-winning projects in Latin America

Main category

Holcim Awards Gold 2014 – USD 100,000
Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia
Authors: Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé, Colectivo 720, Cali, Colombia

Holcim Awards Silver 2014 – USD 50,000
Arboreal Platform: Low-impact timber rainforest center, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Authors: Román Cordero, PLUG architecture, Mérida, Mexico
Further author: Izbeth Mendoza, PLUG architecture, Mérida, Mexico

Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 – USD 30,000
Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico
Main authors: Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo, AT103, Mexico City, Mexico
Further authors: Ariel Rojo Design Studio, Esrawe Studio, Entorno Taller de Raisaje, all Mexico City, Mexico and ROW Studio, Cadena + Associates Concept Design ®, Monterrey, Mexico

Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 – each USD 18,500

Breathing Envelope: Vertically-stacked convention center and public spaces, Bogotá, Colombia
Authors: Daniel Bermúdez, Daniel Bermúdez y Cía, Bogotá, Colombia and Juan Herreros, Estudio Herreros, Madrid, Spain

Harvesting Agriculture: Community center for water harvesting and agriculture, Matacos, Formosa, Argentina
Main authors: Damian Fernandez and Joaquin Trillo, Fundacion Red Comunidades Rurales, Tilcara, Jujuy, Argentina
Further author: Vicky Gonzalez, Manos de Hermanos, Lote 8, Formosa, Argentina

Indoor-Outdoor: Site-responsive school, Jacmel, Haiti
Authors: Kamil Rusinek and Maciej Siuda, architects, Warsaw, Poland; Katarzyna Dąbkowska, Jerzy Mazurkiewicz, Marta Niedbalec and Łukasz Piasta, architects, Wrocław, Poland

Rural Campus: University campus for community regeneration, Acatitlán, Mexico
Main author: Oscar Hagerman, architect, Universidad del Medio Ambiente, Mexico City, Mexico
Further authors: Arturo Farías, scientist, Universidad del Medio Ambiente, Mexico City, Mexico; Juan Carlos Cano and Paloma Vera, Cano Vera Arquitectura, Mexico City, Mexico; Federico Llamas and Francisco Bonilla, Universidad del Medio Ambiente, Valle de Bravo, Mexico; Miguel Campero, Centro Viva, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Under Construction: Restoring an urban historical center, Quito, Ecuador
Authors: David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena and Esteban Benavides, Al Borde Arquitectos, Quito, Ecuador

“Next Generation” prizes

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 1st prize 2014 – USD 25,000
Fruit Salad: Riverside urban infrastructure redeployment, Manaus, Brazil
Authors: Alejandro Alaniz, Ivan Baez, Christian Barrera and Patricio Francisco Cuello, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 2nd prize 2014 – USD 15,000
Laguna Chapel: Recycled timber church and community center, Zoh Laguna, Mexico
Authors: Lazbent Escobedo and Andres Soliz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 3rd prize 2014 – USD 10,000
Den-City: Urban regeneration through densification, Córdoba, Argentina
Authors: Maya Wilberger and Lucía Zunino, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 4th prize 2014 – USD 7,500
Plaza Mediateca: Library and media center, San José, Costa Rica
Authors: Fabricio Mora and María Emilia Sanchez, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica; Adrián Castro, Universidad Hispanoamericana, San José, Costa Rica