Turning a decommissioned water reservoir into a park in Medellín won Gold (left); Rebuilding social fabric through a community library in Ambepussa following Sri Lanka’s civil war won Silver (center); and creating public zones and flood-protection for the island of Manhattan won Bronze (right).
Understanding the topography and the existing elements of the site to create landscape space and also using local vegetation to improve the environmental quality by creating birding and wildlife trails.
The project provides public space for leisure and vitality.
The common lobby with its panoramic window.
Specific steel welding joints have been strategically incorporated in the building. These joints provide the technical platforms to incrementally transfer welding and cutting skills to the workforce.
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam), in collaboration with the City of New York, propose a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan using a series of raised berms and other measures to create public spaces along the water’s edge, forming a large-scale integrated flood protection system.
How can the mandate of large-scale protective infrastructure with meaningful community engagement be obtained? How can the requirements of a “Robert Moses” hard infrastructure combined with the local community-driven sensitivity of Jane Jacobs be manifest? BIG U contains a protective ribbon: 21 km (13 mi) of flood protection tailored to each neighborhood and the community it serves.
The Global Holcim Awards 2015 winners are projects that focus on turning a decommissioned water reservoir into a park in Medellín, Colombia; rebuilding social fabric through a community library in Ambepussa following Sri Lanka’s civil war; and creating public zones and flood-protection for the island of Manhattan, New York, USA.
These exemplary sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalist submissions by a jury of independent experts led by Mohsen Mostafavi. The finalists were the regional Awards 2014 winning projects that had been selected from more than 6,000 entries for projects to be built in 152 countries.