- Regional Holcim Awards 2011 Europe
The Regional Holcim Awards 2011 Europe were recently announced at an awards ceremony in Milan, Italy! The awards recognize projects that demonstrate excellence in urban renewal, energy efficiency, building materials and overall sustainability.
The Gold Award went to Tim Edler of realties united for his design for an urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct in Berlin, Germany. The project envisions converting an unused section of the River Spree in downtown Berlin into a natural swimming pool, ridding the water of pollutants at either end thanks to a reed bed filtration system. Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos took Silver with their plans for a city hall and civic center recycled from a former factory in Oostkamp, Belgium, while the Bronze Award was awarded to the French firm Philippe Rizzotti Architects for their lifestyle apartments and infrastructure recycled from former freeway viaducts near Scilla in southern Italy.
Four other interesting projects were awarded acknowledgement prizes, including a high-density cottage garden structure for Appelterm in the Netherlands, high-efficiency concrete framework technology in the Swiss city of Zurich, low-cost apartments incorporating smart materials in Hamburg, Germany, and a medium rise timber office building in a low-to-no carbon emissions district in Helsinki, Finland.
“Next Generation” awards for outstanding student projects were awarded for an efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements in London (first place), materials reuse and regional transformation scheme (second place) and bioluminescent devices for zero-electricity lighting (third place). We can’t wait to see the projects showcased at the upcoming Latin America Awards Ceremony later this week!