Awards History

Awards 2017–2018: Cycle Summary

Alchemy of creative, social, environmental, and economic aspects

  • Project update June 2020 – Hydropuncture in Mexico

    Global Holcim Awards Gold 2018

    Hydropuncture in Mexico intermingles flood basins and public amenities, with spaces following the gravitational logic of flowing water in an underprivileged area of Mexico City.

  • Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 prize handover

    Global Holcim Awards Gold 2018

    Congratulating the winners (l-r): Rodolfo Montero, Holcim Mexico; winners Loreta Castro Reguera, Taller Capital and Manuel Perló, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; with Holcim Foundation Board members Roland Köhler, Enrique Norten, and Maria Atkinson.

  • Global finalist entry 2018 – Legacy Restored

    Global Holcim Awards Silver 2018

    Legacy Restored reinterprets traditional local construction to design a new mosque with a capacity for 1,000 people and creates a literacy center and library in the renovated derelict mosque in Dandaji, Niger.

  • Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 prize handover

    Global Holcim Awards Silver 2018

    Winners (l-r): Yasaman Esmaili, Studio Chahar and Mariam Kamara, Atelier Masomi, congratulated by Bernd Eitel, Holcim, and Jens Diebold and Stuart Smith, Holcim Foundation.

  • Global finalist entry 2018 – Grassroots Microgrid

    Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2018

    Grassroots Microgrid in Detroit, USA is based on acquisition and use of concentrations of vacant parcels for solar and geothermal energy generation and water management.

  • Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 prize handover

    Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2018

    Winners (l-r): Eric Mahoney and Constance Bodurow, studio[Ci], Bernd Eitel and Jens Diebold, Holcim.

  • Prototype for a evaporative roof for radiant cooling, Cherry Valley, CA, USA

    Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018

    Cooling Roof is a research investigation on how to cool large-scale structures using water on the roof as a thermal insulator and solar reflector, including a prototype in Cherry Valley in California, USA.

  • Global LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize handover – “Cooling Roof” by Georgina Baronian

    Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018

    Presenting the Ideas prize to Georgina Baronian (center) are Maria Atkinson and Roland Köhler of the Holcim Foundation’s Board.

  • Tidal energy landscape, Punta Loyola, Argentina

    Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018

    Territorial Figure proposes an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola in Argentina.

  • Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize handover – “Territorial Roof” in Argentina

    Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018

    Presenting the Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize (l-r): Mariela Marchisio, Universidad National de Córdoba; Angelo Bucci, University of São Paulo, Ideas prize winners Juan Cruz Serafini and Tomás Pont; and Carlos Espina, Holcim Argentina.

The 5th Holcim Awards 2017-18 competition cycle’s winning submissions are diverse in terms of geography, program and scale – and result from true teamwork across generations, genders and ethnicities. Models for megacities, urban communities, and rural villages won the top prizes in the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

63

prize-winning projects

5,085

competition entries

131

countries represented

The winning projects of the Global Holcim Awards 2018 from Mexico, Niger and the USA showcase how innovation in design, construction, and materials deliver sustainable infrastructure that excels in social, ecological, and economic performance.

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The Holcim Awards shows the incredible importance of turning linear flows into cycles.” Eva Pfannes Ooze Architects, Netherlands

Snapshot of the Global Holcim Awards jury meeting in progress

Jury members Marc Angélil, Alejandro Aravena, Xumei Bai, Jens Diebold, Francis Kéré, Stuart Smith, Werner Sobek, Rolf Soiron, and Brinda Somaya.

The alchemy of creative, social, environmental, and economic aspects should always remain the focus: Only with this holistic approach can the challenges facing us be answered, acceptance be won, and a chance for realization be grasped.

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