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Contextual & Aesthetic Impact – Place

“Sustainability at the very core of the design in structure, form, and system” – Global …
“Sustainability at the very core of the design in structure, form, and system” – Global Flora at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, USA, reimagines the greenhouse as a locally-sourced, net zero energy building. The Holcim Awards Bronze winner for North America by Kennedy & Violich Architecture features lightweight pillow cladding that weighs just 3% of what the same area would out of typical insulated glass. The three biomes – dry, temperate, and humid – help support each other through passive air and heat exchange.

Definition – Contextual and aesthetic impact – Place

Projects must convey a high standard of architectural quality as a prevalent form of cultural expression. With space, form, and aesthetic impact of utmost significance, the material manifestation of the design must make a positive and lasting contribution to the physical and social environment.

  • Improvement of existing contextual socio-spatial conditions.
  • Interdependencies of landscape, infrastructure, urban fabric, and architecture.
  • Working with the given building stock through sensitive restoration, reuse, or remodeling of the built environment.
  • Inventive programming strategies in terms of use, multiplicity of functions, short-term flexibility, and long-term adaptability.
  • Architectural excellence and aesthetic impact, specifically concerning space, spatial sequences, movement, tactility of materials, light, air quality, and ambiance.
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Energy and water efficient border control station
Development Alternatives world headquarters
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