Architecture Holcim Competition

Published on January 20th, 2014 | by No Artificial


Holcim Awards for Sustainable Design

4th Holcim Awards Competition is open now for entries.

The Holcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative architecture projects that challenge a conventional understanding of sustainable building practices, address environmental, social and economic issues on regional and global levels.

Since 2005 the Holcim Foundation has become one of the most important international design competitions, featuring extraordinary work from designers who want to reach a more sustainable future.

The Holcim Awards Competition is open for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products and construction technologies that contribute to the five “target issues” for sustainable construction:

1. Innovation and transferability – Progress
2. Ethical standards and social equity – People
3. Environmental quality and resource efficiency – Planet
4. Economic performance and compatibility – Prosperity
5. Contextual and aesthetic impact – Proficiency

The Holicm foundation will be awarding a $2 million in prize money to the most unique projects.

There are two categories within the competition. The Holcim Awards (main category) is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms.

The Second category called “Next Generation” is addressed to young professionals and students, who are at least 18 years old but no older than 30.

All entries must be submitted online at by March 24, 2014.

Global Holcim Awards winners 2012

Secondary school with passive ventilation system, Gando, Burkina Faso

Holcim Awards winner Holcim Awards for Sustainable Design

The Gold prize went to Diebedo Francis Kere of Berlin-based Kere Architecture for a Secondary school with passive ventilation systems project in Burkina Faso.
The author used subterranean tubes, planting vegetation, stack-effect air currents and double-skin roofs to route air in a passive cooling system that combats the region’s intense Summer heat. The project also includes a reforestation initiative and it addresses the social aspect of the award by creating jobs and providing training.

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