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Global Holcim Awards 2021

Global Holcim Awards 2021

Global Holcim Awards 2021
Global Holcim Awards 2021
The Global Holcim Awards jury 2021 (from top left): Brinda Somaya, Hashim Sarkis (Head), Maria Atkinson, Angelo Bucci, Bruce Gibbons, Meisa Batayneh Maani, Marilyne Andersen, Mun Summ Wong, and Anne Lacaton.
The 33 Main category winners of the regional and global Holcim Awards were presented at a handover ceremony at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy.
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Celebrating the announcement of the competition's top prize to Extending the Cycle in Switzerland (l-r): Jeannette Kuo, Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Europe 2020, Clemens Wögerbauer, Commercial Director of Holcim Switzerland, Eric Honegger, Barbara Buser, Benjamin Poignon, Pascal Hentschel, Kerstin Müller, baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland; and Hashim Sarkis, Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021.
Global Holcim Awards Silver and Holcim Awards Gold Latin America
Global Holcim Awards Silver and Holcim Awards Gold Latin America
Presentation of the Global Holcim Awards Silver by Hashim Sarkis, Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021 to team (l-r): Erica Martinez, Edgar Mazo, Sebastián Mejia, Santiago Hurtado and Camila Angel of Connatural, Medellín, Colombia with Angelo Bucci, Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021 and Co-founder and Principal of spbr arquitetos, São Paulo, Brazil
Global Holcim Awards Bronze and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Global Holcim Awards Bronze and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Winner presentation Cultural Interlude - Music school and ecotourism center, M’Hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco (l-r): Wanda Helby, Sahara Roots Foundation, the Netherlands; Hashim Sarkis, Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021; Dana Salama, Aziza Chaouni, Aziza Chaouni Projects, Morocco & Canada; Jose Antonio Primo, CEO of LafargeHolcim Morocco; Thomas Duncan, Aziza Chaouni Projects; and Meisa Batayneh Maani, Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and Founder and Principal Architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, Amman, Jordan.
Global and Regional Holcim Awards prizes - ready for winners' announcements on 13 November 2021.
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Presenting the regional prize to Extending the Cycle - Upgrade using circular material flows, Winterthur, Switzerland (l-r): Dirk E Hebel, Member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany; Eric Honegger, Barbara Buser, Benjamin Poignon, Pascal Hentschel, baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland; Jeannette Kuo, Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Europe 2020; and Kerstin Müller, baubüro in situ.
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Winner presentation to Extending the Cycle - Upgrade using circular material flows, Winterthur, Switzerland (l-r): Jeannette Kuo, Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Europe 2020; Clemens Wögerbauer, Commercial Director of Holcim Switzerland; Eric Honegger, Barbara Buser, Benjamin Poignon, Pascal Hentschel, Kerstin Müller, baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland; and Hashim Sarkis, Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Barbara Buser (left), baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland receives the Global Holcim Awards Gold trophy as a member of the winning team for Extending the Cycle in Switzerland from Hashim Sarkis, Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Barbara Buser, baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland shares insights into her approach to sustainability as a member of the Global Holcim Awards Gold winning team for Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Barbara Buser (center), baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland is congratulated by Clemens Wögerbauer, Commercial Director of Holcim Switzerland for winning the Global Holcim Awards Gold as team member Benjamin Poignon looks on.
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Barbara Buser (right), baubüro in situ, Basel and Zurich, Switzerland receives the Holcim Awards Gold for Europe from Dirk E Hebel, Member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany
Global Holcim Awards Silver and Holcim Awards Gold Latin America
Global Holcim Awards Silver and Holcim Awards Gold Latin America
Sebastián Mejia, of Connatural, Medellín, Colombia responds to winning the Global Holcim Awards Silver with Lorena Castro Reguera, Head of the Holcim Awards jury Latin America 2020 Design Director and Founder of Taller Capital, Mexico City
Global Holcim Awards Bronze and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Global Holcim Awards Bronze and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Aziza Chaouni of Aziza Chaouni Projects, Morocco & Canada responds to winning the Global Holcim Awards Bronze with Meisa Batayneh Maani, Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and Founder and Principal Architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, Amman, Jordan.
Global and Regional Holcim Awards prizes - ready for winners' announcements on 13 November 2021.
Setting out the trophies in preparation for the Global and Regional Holcim Awards announcements in Venice, Italy - 13 November 2021.
The 6th Global and Regional Holcim Awards were presented at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice, Italy on November 13, 2021.
Global Holcim Awards Gold 2021
Global Holcim Awards Gold 2021
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland – A building repurposing and extension exemplifies how design processes can be turned upside-down in favor of circular construction.
Global Holcim Awards Silver (USD 100,000)
Global Holcim Awards Silver (USD 100,000)
Wetland Vitality: A landscape design project for environmental recovery and social sustainability. Winners: Edgar Mazo, Sebastian Mejía and team, Connatural, Medellín, Colombia.
Global Holcim Awards Bronze ex aequo (USD 50,000)
Global Holcim Awards Bronze ex aequo (USD 50,000)
Cultural Interlude: A self-sustaining center to preserve tribal cultural heritage. Winner: Aziza Chaouni, Aziza Chaouni Projects, Fez, Morocco & Canada.
Global Holcim Awards Bronze and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Global Holcim Awards Bronze and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Winner presentation Cultural Interlude - Music school and ecotourism center, M’Hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco (l-r): Stuart Smith, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation & Director of Arup, Germany/UK; Aziza Chaouni, Dana Salama and Thomas Duncan, Aziza Chaouni Projects, Morocco & Canada; and Meisa Batayneh Maani, Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and Founder and Principal Architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, Amman, Jordan.
Global Holcim Awards Bronze ex aequo (USD 50,000)
Global Holcim Awards Bronze ex aequo (USD 50,000)
Propagated Sanctuary: The cultivation of an urban forest and economic catalyst. Winners: Marek Obtulovic, Nguyen Duc Trung, Mai Lan Chi and team, ODDO Architects, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Connective Threads: Shelters for refugees using upcycled textile waste. Winners: Azra Aksamija and the MIT Future Heritage Lab team, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Global Holcim Awards Commendation and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Global Holcim Awards Commendation and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Middle East Africa
Winner presentation Connective Threads - Refugee shelters using upcycled textile waste, Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan (l-r): Marilyne Andersen, Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Member of all Regional/Global Holcim Awards juries 2020/21, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland; Melina Philippou, Cyprus; Stuart Smith, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation & Director of Arup, Germany/UK; Azra Aksamija, Future Heritage Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA; Meisa Batayneh Maani, Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and Founder and Principal Architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, Amman, Jordan.
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Empowering the Homeless: Sustainable social housing for homeless families. Winners: Prasoon Kumar and Robert Verrijt, Billion Bricks, India and Singapore.
Global Holcim Awards Commendation and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Asia Pacific
Global Holcim Awards Commendation and Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize Asia Pacific
Winner presentation to Empowering the Homeless - Self-financing residential complex, Minalin, Pampanga, Philippines (l-r): Prasoon Kumar, Billion Bricks, Singapore and India; Magali Anderson, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer of the Holcim Group; Robert Verrijt, Netherlands; Philippe Block, Member of the Holcim Awards jury Asia Pacific 2020 and Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Professor of Architecture & Structure, ETH Zurich, and Founder of the Block Research Group, Switzerland; and Marilyne Andersen, Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Member of all Regional/Global Holcim Awards juries 2020/21, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
High-Performance Tower: A new sustainability model pursuing low-energy and high-comfort performance. Winners: Wolfgang Kessling, Transsolar Energietechnik, Germany; Edwin Chan, EC3 Design, USA; James O’Callaghan, Eckersley O’Callaghan, United Kingdom; Corie D. Sharples and Andreia Taixeira, ShoP, USA; Ric Wang, Atlassian, Australia; Njnotschka Titchkosky, BVN, Australia.
Global Holcim Awards Commendation and Holcim Awards Bronze Asia Pacific
Global Holcim Awards Commendation and Holcim Awards Bronze Asia Pacific
Winner presentation to High-performance Tower - Energy-efficient urban high-rise, Sydney, Australia (l-r): Magali Anderson, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer of the Holcim Group; Edwin Chan, EC3 Design, USA; James O’Callaghan, Eckersley O’Callaghan, UK; Andreia Taixeira, USA; Lisa Ramming, EC3 Design, USA; Wolfgang Kissing, Transsolar Energietechnik, Germany; Philippe Block, Member of the Holcim Awards jury Asia Pacific 2020, Professor of Architecture & Structure, ETH Zurich; and Marilyne Andersen, Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Member of all Regional/Global Holcim Awards juries 2020/21, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Rebuilding Erupts: A post-disaster community reactivation facility. Winners: Leão Lopes and team, M_EIA/Atelier Mar, São Vicente, Cabo Verde.
Holcim Awards Bronze Middle East Africa and Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Holcim Awards Bronze Middle East Africa and Global Holcim Awards Commendation
Winner presentation Rebuilding Erupts - Post-disaster community reactivation facility, Chã das Caldeiras, Cabo Verde: Stuart Smith (left), Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation & Director of Arup, Germany/UK; Leão Lopes (3rd from left) and winning team, M_EIA/Atelier Mar, São Vicente, Cabo Verde; Marilyne Andersen (2nd from right), Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Member of all Regional/Global Holcim Awards juries 2020/21, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland; Meisa Batayneh Maani (right), Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, and Founder and Principal Architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, Amman, Jordan.
6th Holcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction
6th Holcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction
Commemorating the 6th Holcim Awards cycle 2020/2021, the book showcases the winning projects from 4,742 submitted entries selected using the Target Issues for sustainable construction as the evaluation tool under the headings of Progress, People, Planet, Prosperity, and Place.
6th Holcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction
6th Holcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction
Through a series of richly illustrated articles and interviews, the main laureates’ work and philosophy is discussed in detail, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the genesis of the Award-winning ideas.
6th Holcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction
6th Holcim Awards for projects and visions in sustainable construction
As well as providing examples and technical ideas for building professionals, the book highlights the intergenerational and multi-ethnic collaboration that went into creating the winning projects across the world.
Various landscaping strategies on site contribute to fighting erosion and sand dune advancement.
Aziza Chaouni Projects (ACP) is a multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Morocco and Canada.
Joudour Sahara focuses on environmental and social sustainability through the programmatic overlapping of the music school, ecolodge and anti-desertification testing ground. Courtyards between buildings promote passive cooling and collaboration between users. Outdoor reed canopies allow for active use of the site during the hot summer. Multi-use spaces such as shared administrative facilities and an outdoor auditorium reduce the built footprint and promote shared resources.
Longitudinal building volumes are oriented along the southwest-northeast axis in accordance with prevailing wind directions to encourage natural ventilation, and to block open spaces from the encroachment of sand dunes. Various planting strategies such as spiral formations and using half-walls to protect vegetation will serve as anti-desertification case-studies. The seguia (seen in blue) connects the site to the Drâa River east of the road.
Joudour Sahara is the first off-grid music school and ecolodge of its kind in Southern Morocco.
The palm tree grid seen in the foreground reduces sand encroachment, and walls protect vegetation.
M’hammid El Ghizlane is home to twelve tribal musical styles which are taught at Joudour Sahara.
This map demonstrates energy usage, water distribution, and circulation by different users.
A passively cooled occupiable water reservoir and anti-desertification eco-lodge room strategy.
The compost toilet system streamlines waste produced on site and protects a tamarisk tree.
Exhibition spaces promote passive cooling with solar chimneys and a solar-powered Canadian well system.
Connecting to nature with Green Lungs Hanoi.
Photo of the Oddo architects team.
The Green Lungs project aims to bring the forest into the city of Hanoi. Unlike public parks and botanical gardens, the project wants to develop a self-sustained ecosystem with the planting of native species of flora. The project acts as a community platform for the people of Hanoi to realize this planned forest.
Hanoi has been undergoing rapid economic development since 1986 and that brings along its own problems. The population has increased drastically with the influx of new residents in the growing city, raising housing needs and density of traffic and lack of green space in the city. Projects like Green Lungs are impending and necessary for realizing Hanoi’s goal of sustainable future.
Problem of seasonal floods, soil erosion and lack of green space in Hanoi.
Community network involving the role of local community, volunteers, government and non-government bodies.
Building of a green community and socio-economic benefits from Green Lungs Hanoi.
Process of planting with module units and their total cost.
Evolution of forest ecosystem with years and its consequent human and green impacts.
Restoring flora and fauna on the island.
Transforming Hanoi’s historic landmark to a sustainable icon - Green Lungs Hanoi.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
An architecture firm shows how high-quality buildings can be constructed primarily using salvaged materials.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Reused building components and their impact in CO2/kg.
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Global Holcim Awards Gold and Holcim Awards Gold Europe
Winner presentation to Extending the Cycle - Upgrade using circular material flows, Winterthur, Switzerland (l-r): Maria Atkinson, Chairperson of the Holcim Foundation (at podium); Dirk E Hebel, Member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany; Eric Honegger, Kerstin Müller, Barbara Buser, and Pascal Hentschel, baubüro in situ; Jeannette Kuo, Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Europe 2020; and Benjamin Poignon, baubüro in situ.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Concept drawing of K 118.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Deconstruction industrial windows.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Deconstruction corrugated aluminium sheets.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Deconstruction steel structure.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Prototype facade, 1:1 scale.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Balcony concept.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Interior design concept.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
The solutions to reduce construction waste are specific to the country’s construction industry. Once people decide to take action, the solutions depend on the economical set up of the country and the local availability of materials, labor force, production lines, etc.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Structural concept.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Exterior access balcony with granite slabs. The slabs used to be facade cladding. In order to fulfill the necessary slip resistance required for a floor, the slabs were turned upside down.
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Extending the Cycle in Switzerland
Floor plans.
The T-Serai modules can be used to insulate and dignify standardized humanitarian T-Shelters.
Creative workshops in USA, UAE and Jordan foster creative knowledge exchange across borders.
Heat transfer studies as a transdisciplinary collaboration between artists and engineers at MIT.
Future Heritage Lab team with the team of the Norwegian Refugee Council at the Zaatari Camp.
T-Serai exterior tapestries made of recycled jeans, layered over emergency blankets and tarp. The project juxtaposes the surplus of the global textile industry with the scarcity of the refugee camp, contemplating a possibility of cooperative-based self-sufficiency based on the recycling of humanitarian textiles.
T-Serai interior tapestries made of recycled clothing, layered over UNHCR wool blankets. The design is inspired by refugee-made shelter transformations using wool blankets, as well as the historical khayamiya crafts. The project represents a translation of the historical applique crafts, deploying the technique of “reverse applique”, or slashing to upcycle discarded textiles. The individual tapestries offer means for recording personal stories and transferring knowledge between generations.
T-Serai portable palace featuring 20 exterior and 20 interior tapestries.
The interior view of the T-Serai portable palace. The roof is made using recycled military mesh.
Detail of a T-Serai interior tapestry module showing reverse appliqué technique.
Prototypes of exterior tapestries using various materials for testing heat resistance.
Design references: The T-Serai is a hybrid of the existing T-shelters and an Ottoman portable palace.
The tower promotes social inclusion with preserved heritage elements and a network of car-free space.
Office spaces are fine-tuned to the distinct environmental and psychological needs of each work.
Future workspaces will be more collaborative and closer to nature.
The project debuts a bold new method for embodying carbon in tall buildings around the world.
Our approach shows that a strategy to optimize wellbeing can also yield tremendous energy savings.
50% of carbon emissions can be reduced at the site. RE100 energy compensates operational emissions.
Teamwork. Team image at a design workshop 2020.
Urban Identity: a new sustainability model for the Sydney skyline. — Our design aims to showcase a new model for tall building construction around the world. With a novel, hybrid structural basis and an emphasis throughout on next-generation systems design, it brings nature into the workplace, supports economic vitality and points the way to an ethical mode of new construction that will also support socially inclusive placemaking and responsible environmental performance.
Air Space: well-being through natural ventilation and biophilia. — Research has identified many positive impacts of mass-timber spaces. Here it will help to create healthy and inspiring working environments. Taking advantage of Sydney’s temperate climate, the tower uses an energy-efficient system that balances a naturally ventilated enclosure with strategic use of mechanical air-handling zones. Generous plantings complete the connection to nature.
Warm wood glowing on the skyline will broadcast a message of the project’s sustainable construction.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Timeline of the eruption.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
The Educational Complex in the community of Chã das Caldeiras, is a project that aims to be a catalyst for the re-development of the prior devastated community, whilst promoting both the use of locally available materials and the value education at all levels. The building of the school was a community endeavor from the design process to the build its users were involved on all levels from stating their demands and needs to pressing rammed volcanic rock.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
The community of Chã das Caldeiras has had a deep bond with the Volcano, whose crater they call home, for generations. Though it destroys part of their village every 100 years they always return, it is friend, not foe. After the most recent eruption, we worked with the inhabitants to aid a sustainable rebuilt and redevelopment of the village. This centered around the design and build of a school, the construction of which acted as a workshop; how to use volcanic rock as a construction material.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Educational Complex and the rebuilding of the community.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
The Educational Complex as a catalyst for social development.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Phasing of the Complex.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Responding to the climate of Chã das Caldeiras.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Using lava’s thermal properties in the climatic design of the school.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Building a volcanic vernacular.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
A school in the making.
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Rebuilding Erupts in Cabo Verde
Leão Lopes and people from the community.
The project recognizes the wetland’s structure. Establishes a transition area between the city and the ecosystem, creating a linear park of 5.5 km that highlight and protects diversity of natural, cultural, and historical landscapes through careful interventions. Trails run along the edge of the wetland, respecting its natural structure, allowing for the enjoyment and understanding of the ecosystem while establishing a clear limit to control the expansion of the urban development.
Historically, urban development processes have reduced wetland areas and modified their natural border, affecting the ecosystem and its relationship with Bogotá’s ecological structure. Trails run along the edge of the wetland respecting its natural structure, allowing enjoyment, and understanding of the ecosystem while establishing a clear limit that will control further urban expansion.
Natural qualities of wetland ecosystems.
Holistic analysis of current issues and design determinants.
The use of native vegetation, extending the concept of the VIVA Botanical Collection to the park.
Recover: the identity of the places, articulating them to current needs and aspirations.
Strengthen: Enhance existing conditions and needs of local ecosystem, and spatial and cultural needs.
These breaks in the paths allow for “pauses” when journeying through the park.
Paths permits a spatial experience bringing you closer to nature and the history of Muisca people.
Work team. Connatural.
An all-in-one solution, powerHYDE is designed as a zero-discharge, off-grid, self-sufficient home.
BillionBricks team.
powerHYDE is a triple bottom line solution aligned with 13 of the 17 UN SDGs. A self-financing housing solution for homelessness, it is built as a combination of social housing for 125 families and a 2.5MW solar plant producing excess energy for sale to finance the homes. It simultaneously addresses the problem of energy access by providing renewable solar energy for use. Diverting this need from thermal power plants has a positive impact on climate change.
powerHYDE prototype, Aurangabad, India. The powerHYDE prototypes served as labs for our innovations in the structural and roofing system to be tested and refined before hitting scale. Successfully being in use since 2019, one serves as a home for a family in a remote Indian village while the other is as a community center for a disaster-displaced community in the Philippines. With 2 successful prototypes and a 3rd underway in the Philippines, the community is expected to break ground in 2020.
Story of BillionBricks, an innovation studio committed to ending homelessness, leading to powerHYDE.
powerHYDE addresses the complex problem of housing and energy access with a single solution.
Self-financing model of powerHYDE overcomes the problem of lack of capital in affordable housing.
powerHYDE communities are complete with healthcare, retail, recreational and educational infrastructure.
A flexible skin allows powerHYDE to adapt to diverse climatic and cultural contexts.
A combination of prefabrication and local materials ensures high quality and low-cost construction.
Innovation in the structural and roofing systems allow quick and resource efficient construction.
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