A remarkable number of projects by German authors were prize-winners in the third International Holcim Awards competitions, resulting in the exhibition MACHEN! The German winners of the Holcim Awards 2011/12 at the Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin. The six-week-long exhibition attracted some 5,000 visitors – and also included three panel discussions by the prize-winning project teams on the themes of (re)building the city to allow the coexistence of different lifestyles; using the entire spectrum of materials; as well as rediscovering and modernizing traditional architectural techniques.
As part of the event, a Global Holcim Awards finalist certificate was presented to the team of Anna Heringer, Martin Rauch and Nägele Waibel architects with Salima Naji, for their approach to updating traditional building techniques with the Training Center for Sustainability in Morocco. The design of the German-Austrian-Moroccan team for a school near Marrakesh demonstrates how well earth can be combined with modern technology and a contemporary architectural language.Read more »
“Heating with concrete, cooling with clay” – the provocative title of the second discussion round with German winners of the Holcim Awards again attracted more people than the lecture theatre could accommodate at the Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin. Some 130 people including a group of guests from Holcim Southern Germany showed interest in learning more about the “Smart Material House” in Hamburg and an educational center for sustainability in Marrakesh, Morocco.Read more »
The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver, or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world were automatically qualified to compete for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The more extensive submission on the Training center for sustainable construction for the global phase of the competition can be found here:
The design approach for a training center in Morocco led by a team of architects from Austria, Germany and Morocco received the Holcim Awards Bronze. The project in Marrakesh was commended for concentrating on the use of nearby resources including the local workforce and earth as the primary construction material. Design-inherent shading and natural ventilation are combined with modern technologies such as heat pumps and solar panels to demonstrate a range of sustainable construction techniques. The vocational training center enhances the future prospects of the youth in the area by providing practical education and vocational qualifications – and generates opportunities for employment using sustainable practices in the prospering construction sector.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Africa Middle East »
The jury considered the strength of the project to be its approach of merging the pedagogic concept with the building itself by making the construction a showcase of both preservation and advanced development of cultural know-how in local craftsmanship: different earth and wood construction methods as well as local ceramics and gardening are integral parts of the building complex demonstrating broad local resources and new technologies to the trainees.
The design approach for this training center in the Marrakesh satellite suburb of Chwiter concentrates on the use of nearby resources including the workforce and earth as the primary construction material. These principles are enhanced by combining design-inherent shading and natural ventilation with modern technologies such as heat pumps and solar panels all of which enable low energy requirements in both construction and operation. All electrical energy requirements are generated by 333 square meters of photovoltaic panels, wind operates the ground heat exchanger and transports water-cooled air into courtyards and gangways.
The design, referring to Moroccan archetypes, creates a well-balanced distribution of aesthetic in- and out-door spaces that, embedded into the urban surroundings, offer a spatial benefit to the community. A high proportion of Moroccan youth are disadvantaged by unemployment and illiteracy. This vocational training center enhances their future prospects by providing practical education and vocational qualifications. The Teaching and Training Center Chwiter generates opportunities for employment using sustainable practices in the prospering construction sector.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.76 MB) »See more
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