Saranno premiati il prossimo 20 aprile i vincitori degli Holcim Awards a livello mondiale.

La giuria, guidata da Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University) sta decidendo tra una rosa di 15 progetti, a loro volta già vincitori dei premi Gold, Silver e Bronze degli Holcim Awards 2014 relativi alle cinque macroaree mondiali.

I partecipanti, provenienti da ogni parte del globo, interpretano in modo diverso l’attuale grammatica della sostenibilità nel campo dell’architettura e della costruzione.

In giuria sono Marc Angélil, Senior Dean of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Alejandro Aravena, Principal of Elemental (Chile), Maria Atkinson, Founding Director of the Australian Green Building Council (Australia), Meisa Batayneh Maani, Principal of maisam architects and engineers (Jordan), Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International (Ecuador), Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA), Matthias Schuler, Principal of Transsolar(Germany) and Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation (Switzerland).

Di seguito sono riportati alcuni dei progetti candidati al premio.

Anthropic Park / Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation, Saline Joniche, Italy | Liquid city: Instead of a predesigned urban tissue, a controlled growth process is proposed. The initial grid of gardens is the support of the urban, which will develop in time through small-scale gradual appropriations. The result will be a liquid city that works as a complete urban configuration in all stages of consolidation, satisfying the current societal needs, but is also able to adapt itself to any contextual change or future necessities.

Saline ioniche

Project entry 2014 Europe – The Commons: Participatory urban neighborhood, Vienna, Austria



Articulated Site / Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia | The project provides public space for leisure and vitality.


Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia


Incremental Construction / Low-cost modular housing scheme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | The SICU prototype is a compact double-story unit comprised of a prefabricated concrete lower structure and lightweight eucalyptus frames for the upper floor. After all parts have been prefabricated, the building was constructed in ten days by 35 students from three countries and now stands erect in a typical neighborhood of Addis Ababa, serving to demonstrate an alternative housing approach and to prompt further discussions between policy makers, industry and academia.


Project entry 2014 Africa Middle East – Incremental Construction: Low-cost modular housing scheme, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Children’s House / Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico | Kokokali is a compound word derived from the Nahuatl kokone (children) and kali (house). Kokokali, the Children’s House, achieves an emotional connection between the educational space, its community and its users.


Project entry 2014 Latin America – Children’s House: Pedagogically-aligned school, San Andrés Payuca, Mexico


Eco-Techno Park / Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey


Project entry 2014 Africa Middle East – Eco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Ankara, Turkey


Hy-Fi / Zero carbon emissions compostable structure, New York | Hy-Fi is a new paradigm for design and manufacturing, with almost zero waste, zero embodied energy, and zero carbon emissions. It is a compostable structure that offers a new vision for society’s approach to physical objects and the built environment.


Project entry 2014 North America – Hy-Fi: Zero carbon emissions compostable structure, New York, NY


Poreform / Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas | Las Vegas loses 74,000 megaliters of rainfall to the shallow aquifer per year in the form of urban runoff, the result of frequent major flooding. At the same time, the city is spending precious energy pumping water uphill from Lake Mead to the newest suburbs, and from the deeper principal aquifer to offset what is lost to runoff. Downtown floods because all detention basins are located in the suburbs. We propose a system of smaller basins for the dense downtown to encourage strategic growth.


Project entry 2014 North America – Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA


Rebuild by Design / Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York | How can the mandate of large-scale protective infrastructure with meaningful community engagement be obtained? How can the requirements of a “Robert Moses” hard infrastructure combined with the local community-driven sensitivity of Jane Jacobs be manifest? BIG U contains a protective ribbon: 21 km of flood protection tailored to each neighborhood and the community it serves.


Project entry 2014 North America – Rebuild by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York, NY, USA

International Highrise Award

The residential highrise Bosco Verticale in Milan/Italy designed by Boeri Studio has won the prize for the world’s most innovative highrise. Two residential highrises with greened façades are part of a revitalization project initiated by the City of Milan which goes by the name of “Metrobosco”. Each of the 113 different-sized apartments has access to at least one patio or balcony. High up on the treetops, the residents have their own “little forest”, because there are almost 900 trees growing close to the façades, mixed in with thousands of shrubs, bushes and ground-cover plants choosen by façades exposition.


ph. Kirsten Bucher

Other four skyscrapers are the finalists of the competition: De Rotterdam (OMA), One Central Park (Atelier Jean Nouvel), Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel (Atelier Jean Nouvel), Sliced Porocity Block (Steven Holl Architects).

De Rotterdam by OMA takes its orientation from the idea of a “vertical city”, whose manifold functions appear to be visibly stacked. Its 30-meter-high base structure houses a parking garage on six levels. An expansive entrance foyer offers ground-floor access to a congress center, restaurants, bars, cafés and fitness studios. The entire complex also boasts offices, 240 apartments and a hotel. The external façades have been clad with an aluminum post-and-beam construction, making for a filigree appearance which changes depending on the viewer’s position.


© OMA ph. Ossim van Duivenbode

One Central Park by Atelier Jean Nouvel special feature is its all-round greenery. There are planted balconies along the levels and walls of plants on the façade that serve to naturally shade and cool the apartments behind. In this way, particularly in the hot summer months energy savings of up to 30% can be achieved. Conceptually, the project reflects the high standards of the Australian Green Star for environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient residential construction.


ph. John Gollings

Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel by Atelier Jean Nouvel consists of two highrise disks standing parallel to each other. The façades are structured not by means of conventional rows of windows, but by an irregular pattern of openings reminiscent of palm-tree leaves. The balustrades on the various stories have plants along them, creating hanging gardens. Bridges and open staircases in the gap between the two buildings form links and afford views out over the surrounding cityscape. When guests step out of their hotel rooms they are confronted not with a closed corridor, but with an airy, shadowy space, and the wind force customary in such highrises is very welcome in the northern Spanish climate, which can be hot in the summer.


ph. Roland Halbe

Sliced Porosity Block by Steven Holl Architects has a white reinforced concrete frame facade. On the ground floor there are small retail units which open out not only onto the street and a shopping passage on the inside, but also onto a nearby park. During evening hours illumination effects on the building façades make for a particularly spectacular experience in the surrounding district. There are squares with water-gardens on three levels, which also serve as skylights for the shopping center on the level below them.


ph. Iwan Baan

Premio Duo@Work

Il PrixDuo@Work che ricompensa “l’eccellenza condivisa tra un architetto e un’industria”, è stato assegnato al duo Moussafir Architectes Associés e Secco Sistemi per la loro collaborazione nel progetto di recupero del palazzo Weill.

L’edificio parigino con vista sulla basilica del Sacré Cœur ospita i laboratori di creazione e gli uffici di questa Maison di moda di lunga tradizione. Ridare una nuova identità contemporanea al palazzo storico è stato il filo rosso del progetto. L’architetto ha immaginato un involucro che riveste la parte interna del palazzo, composto da una serie di finestre che si aprono verso l’esterno e formano una facciata continua in ottone brunito. Un materiale nobile per esprimere l’eleganza della moda della Maison.


La premiazione è avvenuta il 9 ottobre in occasione dell’inaugurazione della settima edizione del salone Architect@Work Paris 2014 nella Grande Halle de La Villette. Il concorso, alla prima edizione, è stato indetto dall’Unsfa, l’Associazione degli Architetti francesi, in collaborazione con il salone Architect@Work.