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Arboreal Platform

Low-impact timber rainforest center

The Costa Rican NGO Fundecor, which is dedicated to sustainable rainforest management, plans to build a new headquarters situated in the rainforest. Raised on wooden stilts, it hovers above the rolling green terrain. Four wings of the building enclose an atrium in which a grove of trees has been conserved – as a built symbol of forest protection.

The 720 sq m facility informs about woodlands management and benefits forestry services generate, while promoting environmental conservation.

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“A symbol of forest protection”
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Arboreal Platform
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
“Sustainability? A site specific approach” – Román Cordero
Sustainability as common-sense: Silver for a low-impact timber rainforest center
“Addressing a broad spectrum of complex environmental parameters in a straightforward and poetic expression” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Latin America
Project Details
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Román Jesús Cordero Tovar
Main Author
Román Jesús Cordero Tovar
PLUG architecture, Mexico
Izbeth Katia Mendoza Fragoso
Further Author
Izbeth Katia Mendoza Fragoso
PLUG architecture , Mexico
Silver 2014
Latin America
Related topics
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Arboreal Platform: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Latin America
Arboreal Platform: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Latin America

The headquarters of Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cordillera Volcánica Central in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa …

“Sustainability? A site specific approach” – Román Jesús Cordero Tovar
“Sustainability? A site specific approach” – Román Jesús Cordero Tovar

Román Cordero of PLUG architecture in Mexico thinks the importance of site is paramount: considering culture, economy …

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