“A fusion of preservation and innovation” – Holcim Awards Jury
The project merits distinction for its outstanding approach to enhancing the performative scope of existing structures while simultaneously exercising care in preserving the inherent qualities of the landscape. In this respect, a global lesson is postulated in the fusion of preservation and innovation, one that is applicable at varying scales of intervention. A high degree of finesse is exercised in coordinating a diversity of stakeholders to produce a viable model for long-term improvement of the natural and manmade environment.
Last updated: April 25, 2006 Zurich, Switzerland
Additionally, a skillful dialogue between permanence and change is established, conveying both an acute awareness of the historical evolution of the site as well as dexterity in integrating contemporary materials and technology into facilities of the past.
Yet another strength of the work lies in the critical rethinking of the conventional master plan. An acupunctural sensibility to renewal is promoted over wholesale reconstruction or development. The ingenious reuse of already available resources such as existing buildings, infrastructure and water power not only promotes self-sustaining measures of contextual invigoration, but also raises awareness of the environment itself as a dynamic participant in forming a collective sense of place.
A more significant transformation in territorial value is thereby forwarded, one that promises to fortify the unique economic base of the regional culture by animating interest in the newly won identity of the valley.