- Regional Holcim Awards 2011 Asia Pacific winners announced!
The 2011 Regional Holcim Awards for Asia and the Pacific were recently announced at an awards ceremony in Singapore! The Holcim Awards recognize excellence in sustainable design for buildings, infrastructure, renewable energy and master plans.
This year’s gold prize went to German firm Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architekten Ingenieure with its design of a cob and bamboo school building in Jar Maulwi, Pakistan. The project employs local materials that can be treated with low-energy processes and low-tech solutions for a two-story school building addition that can be built by locals, helping them develop skills that can be transferred to future construction projects.
The urban agriculture and factory conversion project for Bangkok, Thailand by Isavaret Tamonut of TTH Trading was awarded the Silver Award. The project aims to reconnect food production and consumption by transforming a former textile factory and adjacent abandoned farmland into an urban farming, supermarket and retail complex. This revitalization and repurposing of the site will help counter some of the negative effects of urbanization and raise awareness among city-dwellers.
Bronze went to the ecologically-designed retail and commercial building for Putrajaya, Malaysia designed by Kenneth Yeang of T. R. Hamzah & Yeang International. The 14-story structure integrates vegetation into its design to provide shading and reduce energy consumption, and uses double-skin façade technology for natural ventilation and higher thermal performance.
Six acknowledgement prizes were also awarded for the following projects: a community structure to encourage social cohesion and development in the Indonesian villages of Cepogo, Ngargorejo and Bongkok; a post-earthquake housing renovation project for Kobe, Japan; a primary healthcare center near Dharmapuri, India; a socially-integrated rural school in Sukoharjo, Indonesia; an urban renewal and transport circuit in New Delhi, India; and a vertical informal settlement and waste recycling center for Jakarta, Indonesia.
"Next Generation" prizes for excellence in sustainable student design went to a bicycle use for commuting revitalization project in Beijing, China; a town plan revitalization and urban development project in Navi Mumbai, India; and a decentralized sanitation system near New Delhi, India.