A library using simple local materials in Medellín, Colombia was one of four Holcim Awards Encouragement prizes presented for Latin America.Sustainable construction projects awarded in Latin America » Más información (Spanish) » Leia mais (Portuguese) »
The project is commended for advancing a strong tectonic initiative that promotes the particularities of the culture and significantly contributes to improving the degree of ethical standards and social equity in the region. The proposed use of indigenous materials is a commendable measure for considerably lowering implementation costs and for stimulating the local economy.
Energy conservation and thermal comfort for the users is achieved by a competent use of passive design, which includes such features as a double skin roof and walls. Also contributing to the performative efficiency of the building is the situational strategy that takes advantage of solar heating throughout the year.
The scheme promises to make a beneficial impact on the surrounding context, raising awareness of the potential of sustainable construction while providing an aesthetically refined social attractor. It is convincing in the measures taken to increase cost efficiency and proves that conventional standards of durability need not limit formal attractivity or finesse. The work is successful in giving lucid, material expression to environmental forces and also serves to display the latent capacities inherent to vernacular techniques of construction.See more
This library project from Colombia is given distinction for promoting the uniqueness of the local culture as well as for attempting to improve ethical standards and social equity in the greater region. The scheme is literally conceived as a means for educating the community, promising to raise awareness of the potential of sustainable construction while providing an aesthetically refined social attractor. Resource conservation and thermal comfort for the users are to be achieved through passive energy, which includes such features as a double-skin roof and walls.Download project entry poster (PDF, 3.51 MB) »
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