15 projects out of more than 6,000 submissions in the 4th International Holcim Awards competition were acknowledged with Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards in each of the five regions of the world. They are automatically qualified for the elite phase of the competition: the Global Holcim Awards 2015. The jury composed of renowned specialists from around the world will be headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA).
The finalist projects reflect a broad variety of the current interpretation of sustainable construction combined with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical intervention. Each of the finalist teams is invited to prepare a more extensive submission that will be evaluated by the Global Holcim Awards 2015 jury including Marc Angélil,Senior Dean of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Alejandro Aravena, Principal of Elemental (Chile), Maria Atkinson, Founding Director of the Australian Green Building Council (Australia), Meisa Batayneh Maani, Principal of maisam architects and engineers (Jordan), Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International (Ecuador), Matthias Schuler, Principal of Transsolar(Germany), and Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation (Switzerland).
The Holcim Awards is one of the most significant competitions in its field in terms of reputation and international scope. The three winners of the global prizes will share in prize money of USD 350,000 with the results to be announced in April 2015. Previous winners of the tri-annual Global Holcim Awards include Bureau EAST (Los Angeles, USA), Centola + Associati (Salerno, Italy), Coelacanth and Associates (Tokyo, Japan), Ingenhoven und Partner Architekten (Dusseldorf, Germany), Kéré Architecture (Berlin, Germany), L’OEUF (Montreal, Canada), Public Architecture (San Francisco, USA), Proyectos Arqui5 (Caracas, Venezuela), realities:united (Berlin, Germany), Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), and Urban-Think Tank (São Paulo, Brazil).
The projects competing for one of the three Global Holcim Awards prizes are located in Austria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA and were entered by authors from these countries as well as from Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain.
The Holcim Awards is an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The Foundation is supported by Holcim Ltd and its Group companies in more than 70 countries and is independent of commercial interests. Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt, including services.