Sustainability – systematic and multi-functional

Winners of the Holcim Awards 2017 for Europe

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold ex aequo prizes from Belgium and Bronze from the United Kingdom celebrate their recognition in the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Winners of a LafargeHolcim Awards Gold ex aequo (l-r): Wes Degreef, Laurens Bekemans, Jasper Poesen, Nicolas Coeckelberghs and Ken De Cooman, all BC architects & studies for Mix-City: Urban integration of an existing concrete mixing facility, Brussels, Belgium.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Winners of a LafargeHolcim Awards Gold ex aequo from TETRA architecten for Logistics Framework: Adaptable structure for a garbage collection company, Brussels, Belgium.

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    Holcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Teams from the two Holcim Awards Gold ex aequo winners. The first prize was shared by two projects in Brussels, both of which excel in terms of their multi-functionality.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Bill Dunster, Principal and Lalit Chauhan Architect & Urban Planner, ZEDPods (l-r), representing the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze winning team for Air Rights: Zero Energy Development units on parking lots, London, United Kingdom.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Four teams from France, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland received LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, AGi architects, Madrid, Spain - winner of a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for Bio-Palimpsest: An ecological approach to archaeological sites, Pontevedra, Spain.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Nicolas Guerin and Paul Maitre-Devallon (l-r), NP2F architectes, Paris - winners of a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for Stacking Sports: Neighborhood recreation center, Bordeaux, France.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Winners of a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize (l-r): Tiberiu Mercurian and Chris Simion-Mercurian, Ascociata Culturala Grivita 53 with Codrin Tritescu, Arhitecture Office Codrin Tritescu for Back-Alley Front Stage, First independent theater, Bucharest, Romania.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo (l-r), Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich - winners of a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for Radical Archaeology: Roman settlement excavation center Augusta Raurica, Augst, Switzerland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation prizes for Europe 2017 (l-r): Jakub Grabowski, Gdynia, Poland; Anna Andronova, University College London (UCL), The Bartlett School of Architecture, United Kingdom; Malgorzata Mader, Lodz University of Technology, Poland; and Frédéric Bouvier, Renens, Switzerland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Malgorzata Mader, Lodz University of Technology, winner of the LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize for Ecommunity: Converting a factory into housing, Lodz, Poland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Jakub Grabowski, Gdynia - winner of the Next Generation 2nd prize for Modern Sanctuary, Monastery conversion for a behavioral addictions rehabilitation facility, Otyn, Poland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Anna Andronova, University College London (UCL), The Bartlett School of Architecture - winner of the Next Generation 3rd prize for Liquid Era, New spatial concepts for the city of the future, Kazan’, Russia.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Frédéric Bouvier, Renens, Switzerland - winner of the Next Generation 4th prize for Slow Burn: Fire cistern and forest shelter, Collobrieres, France.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition for region Europe was presented to Gilles Delalex and his team from Muoto Architecture Studio for their low-cost flexible university building Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Roland Köhler (left), Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim, responsible for Europe presents the inaugural LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition to Gilles Delalex on behalf of his team from Muoto Architecture Studio for their low-cost flexible university building Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    “We encourage architects, engineers, builders to think beyond conventional notions of sustainable construction” - Beat Hess (speaking), Chairman of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim, Switzerland discusses LafargeHolcim’s role in sustainable construction with Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Switzerland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    “We don’t want to just pat people on the back for designs that have been completed - we want to encourage bold new steps that move building and construction forward” - Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Switzerland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Welcoming guests to the LafargeHolcim Awards prize handover ceremony 2017 for region Europe on behalf of the host Country was Benedicte de Bonnechose, CEO of Lafarge France.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    The audience of invited guests at the prize handover ceremony held at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), a national museum inaugurated in June 2013 as part of Marseille-Provence 2013, a year when Marseille was designated as the European Capital of Culture.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Harry Gugger, Professor for Architectural & Urban Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne) and Head of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury Europe 2017, Switzerland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Marc Angélil, Architect and Professor of Architecture & Design, ETH Zurich and Head of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Switzerland.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Sandra Bartoli, Co-Founder, Büros für Konstruktivismus, Germany and Member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury Europe 2017.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Yvette Vašourková, Founder Centre for Central European Architecture, Prague, Czech Republic and Member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury Europe 2017.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    Reception held on the rooftop of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), a national museum inaugurated in June 2013 as part of Marseille-Provence 2013, a year when Marseille was designated as the European Capital of Culture.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe prize handover ceremony, Marseille

    The audience of invited guests at the prize handover ceremony held at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), a national museum inaugurated in June 2013 as part of Marseille-Provence 2013, a year when Marseille was designated as the European Capital of Culture.

The days when the sustainability of a construction project was a matter of ad hoc measures are over – sustainable construction has become systematic and specific. This was emphatically shown by the results of the Holcim Awards in region Europe: The first prize was shared by two projects in Brussels, both of which excel in terms of their multi-functionality.

Last updated: September 28, 2017 Marseille, France

The Holcim Awards is about more than just beautiful buildings. It stands out as the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The criteria of the USD 2 million competition are as challenging as the goal of sustainability itself. The competition is for projects at an advanced stage of design, not finished works. It seeks designs that go beyond current standards, showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting contemporary construction and deliver new, surprising, and truly visionary solutions to the way we build.

From urban planning to technical innovation

The notion of sustainability has radically evolved, explains Professor of Architecture Marc Angélil, Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation: “Sustainability used to mean that you enhanced a project with some sustainable components – for example, solar panels. Today sustainability is seen in a much more comprehensive way; sustainable construction has become much more systematic and specific.”

The spectrum of the 792 valid projects from region Europe is equally broad – ranging from urban design to technical innovation. In the end, the expert jury, headed by Harry Gugger, Professor of Architecture at the EPFL Lausanne (Switzerland), decided to award two entries with equal first place. They exemplify a new era in sustainable construction because they are characterized not by stand-alone measures but by holistic concepts that integrate technical, social, economic, and ecological aspects in a balanced way. Both projects are located in a Brussels district for which an urban masterplan has been developed – the Willebroek Canal. This masterplan supports the preservation of land use diversity within the industrial district and thereby seeks to maintain Brussels as a diversified and vibrant city. As center of a dynamic Europe, it is an especially fitting objective for the Belgian capital.

Gold ex aequo: Clever waste management in Brussels, Belgium

With their project, TETRA architecten in Brussels plan to integrate the needs of a waste management company with the rapidly developing canal district: Within the (infra-)structure, space is made available for public uses such as green areas. The carefully balanced building allows future transformations and leaves development options open – a particularly clever interpretation of the term “sustainability.” “Bringing infrastructure to the fore, the design ultimately merges economic and aesthetic considerations, offering a form of resilient architecture that turns limitations into a quality,” praised the jury.

Gold ex aequo: Integration of a concrete plant in Brussels, Belgium

The complimentary project by the team of BC architects and studies in Brussels proposes appropriate measures to integrate an existing concrete plant into the burgeoning urban context – and thereby prevent the loss of a significant piece of the city’s industrial base. Here too, permeability is a central aspect. “The range of architectural moves gives credence to the ambition to combine what at first sight might have seemed improbable: the literal cohabitation of otherwise incompatible functions,” said the jury.

Bronze: Inhabited parking spaces in London, United Kingdom

As in many large cities, the British capital has a severe affordable housing deficit. ZEDpods in London aims to change that. The project envisages using the footprint of existing parking spaces to create residential space through vertical stacking for commuters, students, and other stakeholders – all with locally produced elements that can be quickly assembled into sustainable “apartments on stilts.” Multi-use space is again at the forefront. The project author has “a vision of an architecture that is socially responsible, ecologically sound, and economically affordable,” found the jury.

Acknowledgement prizes: Bringing the past into the present

In the regional Holcim Awards, four projects in each region receive an Acknowledgement prize. The team of Ascociata Culturala Grivita 53 wants to give Bucharest in Romania its first independent theater in several decades, through the clever use of an existing structure. AGi architects in Madrid plan to develop an archeological excavation site in Pontevedra, Spain; here too, multi-functionality plays a key role. Karamuk Kuo Architekten in Zurich have planned sustainable flexibility into their design of an excavation center at Roman archaeological site Augusta Raurica in Switzerland. And NP2F in Paris are planning a recreation center in Bordeaux, France that is as airy as it is audacious.

Next Generation prizes: The future is in their hands

Four prizes were awarded in the Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years. This category has become increasingly popular and seeks visionary projects and bold ideas, and gives young professionals public exposure and a platform to achieve recognition. For the first time in the history of the Holcim Awards, more projects were submitted in the Next Generation category than in the main category. The two top prizes of the European Next Generation category went to Poland. Malgorzata Mader plans to transform an old factory building in Lodz into new flexible-use living space. Jakub Grabowski won the second prize; he plans the restauration and adaptive reuse of a dilapidated historic building complex in Otyn. Anna Andronova from Russia received the third prize for a virtual model based on Kazan that aims to propel sustainability into the digital realm. The fourth prize went to Frédéric Bouvier of Switzerland. He proposed a structure that could help fight forest fires in the Collobrières region of France.

From project to reality for French scholars

This is the fifth time the Holcim Awards has been conducted and more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. Over half of the competition winners are either soon to be built or have been completed. Thus, the Holcim Awards are not about castles in the air, but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This element of real change is underscored by a prize that is awarded for the first time in 2017: the Building Better Recognition. It is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition, one which has been built and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building. In Europe, this recognition went to Gilles Delalex and his team from Muoto Architecture Studio in Paris. The architects excelled in accommodating infrastructure for eight universities under the roof of a highly economical and cost-efficient building. The project won Holcim Awards Silver in 2014. The building was completed in 2016 and stands as proof that theory can indeed exist in practice.

Prizes help make common sense commonplace

The magnified interest among architects, engineers, urban planners, and developers proves that sustainability has become embedded as “common sense” in the construction industry. The fifth cycle of the competition attracted more than 5,000 entries from authors in 121 countries. 3,606 entries were deemed valid, and more than half of these passed the pre-screening phase. They advanced for qualitative assessment by five independent expert juries in the competition regions Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific. The juries evaluated the projects based on the five “target issues” for sustainable construction set forth by the Holcim Foundation – principles which define sustainable construction in a holistic way. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners from each region will compete for the Global Holcim Awards in 2018.

Holcim Awards winning projects Europe

Main Category prizes

Holcim Awards Gold ex aequo 2017 Europe 
Mix-City: Urban integration of an existing concrete mixing facility, Brussels, Belgium
Project for the integration of an existing concrete mixing facility in an industrial neighborhood mixing industry, workspaces, and public functions.
By Wes Degreef, Ken De Cooman, Nicolas Coeckelberghs, Laurens Bekemans, Jasper Poesen, BC architects and studies, Brussels, Belgium

Holcim Awards Gold ex aequo 2017 Europe
Logistics Framework: Adaptable structure for a garbage collection company, Brussels, Belgium
Design for an adaptable garbage collection facility making a plea for the re-integration of logistics infrastructures in urban settings.
By Ana Castillo, Lieven de Groote, Jan Terwecoren, Annekatrien Verdickt, TETRA architecten, Brussels, Belgium.

Holcim Awards Bronze 2017 Europe
Air Rights: Zero (fossil) Energy Development units on parking lots, London, United Kingdom
Prototype for a low-carbon architecture built above existing public parking spaces – an ingenious solution to solve London’s housing shortage.
By ZEDpods Ltd, London, United Kingdom.

Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017 Europe
Back-Alley Front Stage: First independent theater, Bucharest, Romania
A community-supported independent theater – the first since 1946 – that transforms a dilapidated plot into a cultural venue.
By Chris Simion-Mercurian and Tiberiu Mercurian, Ascociata Culturala Grivita 53; Codrin Tritescu and Petre Frangulea, Arhitecture Office Codrin Tritescu, Bucharest, Romania.

Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017 Europe
Bio-Palimpsest: An ecological approach to archaeological sites, Pontevedra, Spain
Landscape park of simple means and layered interpretations for a series of archaeological sites.
By Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, AGi architects, Madrid, Spain.

Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017 Europe
Radical Archaeology: Roman settlement excavation center Augusta Raurica, Augst, Switzerland
An archaeological center for Roman ruins finds a flexible structural system to meet diverse uses and adapt as they change over time.
By Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo, Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich, Switzerland.

Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017 Europe
Stacking Sports: Neighborhood recreation center, Bordeaux, France
An array of sporting facilities stacked in one volume, but in open air – uses sport as a social condenser.
By François Chas, Nicolas Guerin, Fabrice Long, Paul Maître-Devallon and Ana Miscu, NP2F, Paris, France.

Next Generation prizes

Holcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2017 Europe
Ecommunity: Converting a factory into housing, Lodz, Poland
Project entitled “ecommunity” for the conversion and transformation of an existing factory into collective housing.
By Malgorzata Mader, Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland.

Holcim Awards Next Generation 2nd prize 2017 Europe
Modern Sanctuary: Monastery conversion for a behavioral addictions rehabilitation facility, Otyn, Poland
Project for a rehabilitation center in the ruins of a monastery – an environmentally conscious design of tectonic quality and social value.
By Jakub Grabowski, Gdynia, Poland.

Holcim Awards Next Generation 3rd prize 2017 Europe
Liquid Era: Spatial concepts for the city of the future, Kazan, Russia
Exploration of new architectural vocabularies for a future city in an era marked as much by the physicality of things as by the liquidity of the digital realm.
By Anna Andronova, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK.

Holcim Awards Next Generation 4th prize 2017 Europe
Slow Burn: Fire cistern and forest shelter, Collobrières, France
Water tank to combat wildfires designed as a handsome artifact in the landscape.
By Frédéric Bouvier, Renens, Switzerland.