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The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America

The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America
The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America, © BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

The Holcim Foundation has announced the Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America, the award which recognizes the most innovative and advanced sustainable construction designs. Among the winners are BIG and The Living, with designs which the jury stated showed "sophisticated and multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing the building and construction industry."

The ten recognized projects share over $300,000 in prize money, with the top three projects overall going on to be considered for the global Holcim Awards awards, to be selected in 2015.

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

GOLD PRIZE

© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin
Amy Mielke & Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor; Water Pore Partnership

© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

This proposal positions water infrastructure as a civic project, with a system for Las Vegas that both efficiently handles the water that floods the valley when it rains, but also stores this water for the area's usually arid climate.

© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

The project utilizes a pourous concrete surface created using fabric formwork.

© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

SILVER PRIZE

Rebuilding by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Designed in response to New York's Rebuild by Design Competition, the proposal by BIG creates a protective ribbon of infrastructure along the southern coastline of Manhattan, to prevent a repeat of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Utilizing a combination of berms, barriers and planned flood zones which also act as valuable elements of public space, the project combines everyday civic value with emergency protection.

© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© BIG Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

BRONZE PRIZE

© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Hy-Fi: Zero carbon emissions compostable structure
David Benjamin; The Living

© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Through the use of an organic and compostable brick, this installation re-imagines cycles of production, manufacture and waste, creating a closed, sustainable system in place of a wasteful one.

© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Created for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects' Program, the structure offers a new understanding of the sustainability possible in a merely temporary project.

© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
© The Living Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PRIZES

Chrysanthemum Building: Affordable residential urban infill development
Sheila Kennedy & Frano Violich; Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Heritage Reframed: University building renovation and extension
Nader Tehrani & Katherine Faulkner; NADAAA

Divining LA: Digital tool for urban design and water-use planning
Peter Arnold & Hadley Arnold; Woodbury University, Arid Lands Institute

In-Closure: Public park and interactive wall for urban revival
Etienne Feher, Paul Azzopardi & Noé Basch; ABF-lab architects - engineers

"NEXT GENERATION" PRIZES

1st Prize: Trash for Use: Municipal center for harvesting utility from waste
Debbie Chen

2nd Prize: Machine Landscape: Coal mining sites for hydro-pump electricity storage
Kenya Endo; Atelier Dreiseitl asia

3rd Prize: Pleura Pod: Air purification wall transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen
Beomki Lee, Suk Lee & Daeho Lee; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4th Prize: Timber-Link: Interlocking panelized timber building system
Jonathan Enns; Enns Design/solidoperations

5th Prize: Evolutionary Infrastructure: Adaptive reuse of a parking structure for cultural activities
Mark Turibius Jongman-Sereno, Mira Irawan & David O’Brien

6th Prize: Latex Formwork: Concrete wall panel construction method
Namjoo Kim - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cite: Rory Stott. "The Living and BIG Among Winners of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America" 19 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/549597/the-living-and-big-among-winners-of-the-2015-holcim-awards-for-north-america/>