A proposal for materials reuse and regional transformation in the Spanish city of Gijón/Xixón, by Elisa de los Reyes Garcia of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, received the second prize.
The winners of the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions from across Europe have been announced at a ceremony in Milan. A total of USD 300,000 was presented to ten outstanding projects submitted by architects, planners, engineers and project owners.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Europe »
Within the impressively detailed presentation, the holistic approach for a design and program that deals with social and environmental issues of de-industrialized sites was evaluated by the jury to be very convincing. It proposes a complex concept for the recycling of construction materials, reuse of existing building structures, reorganization of urban areas, and a bio-diverse regeneration of the urban landscape.
The RE-converting project incorporates multifaceted architectural tools and concepts to generate a sustainable society based upon minimal human impact while also providing energy, employment, and welfare conditions for the people who live, work and play in the new community. As a showcase for the reconversion of many abandoned industrial sites, the project develops a detailed concept for a community on the site of a decommissioned shipyard in Asturias, northern Spain.
The concept re-uses building materials from abandoned industrial infrastructure and construction sites within 50km of the site. The multi-generational spaces accommodate housing units and recreation spaces for children and elderly residents. Artisan dwellings are connected to workshop and retail spaces, and dwellings for residents working from home in corporate offices and shared working spaces.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.69 MB) »See more
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