European Winners of 2014 Holcim Awards Announced

Anthropic Park: Freshwater ecological reserve and remediation – Saline Joniche, Italy. Image Courtesy of

The Holcim Foundation has announced the European winners of its 2014 Holcim Awards for exemplary sustainable design and construction. In light of the complex and interdisciplinary challenges facing the building industry today, the Jury identified target issues of environmental, social, and economical performance alongside architectural excellence and high transferability as intrinsic objectives in the winning projects.

Teams from Italy, France, and Austria were all selected for approaching the challenges of sustainable construction with innovative creativity and social ethos. Each will share over $300,000 in prize money and will be considered for the global awards.

Read more about the winning schemes after the break…

Results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space

The Braided Valley / . Image © Jesus Granada

The results of the 2014 European Prize for Urban Public Space have been announced. The prize organized by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) rewards both the designers and the facilitators (such as councils or community groups) that have contributed to the best urban interventions of the year. The award is given for ingenuity and social impact, regardless of the scale of intervention, meaning that small, relatively unknown practices can rub shoulders with some of the best-known practices in Europe.

See the 2 Joint Winners and 4 Special Mentions after the break

Twisted Valley / Grupo Aranea

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Architects: Grupo Aranea
Location: , , Spain
Design Team: Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Marta García Chico, Antoni Baile Jiménez Prócoro del Real Baeza
Area: 115,000 sqm
Photographs: Jesus Granada

Lude House / Grupo Aranea

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Architects: Grupo Aranea
Location: , Murcia, Spain
Design Team: Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Martín López Robles
Technical Architect: Antonio Martínez Sánchez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jesus Granada © BIS Images

Rafal Secondary School / Grupo Aranea


Architects: Grupo Aranea
Location: Rafal, Alicante,
Director: Francisco Leiva Ivorra
Architects: María Gadea Pascual, Martín López Robles
Collaborators: María Gadea Pascual, Martín López Robles, Marta García Chico, Marta Martínez Osma, Marian Almansa Frias, José Luis Campos, José Vicente Lillo.
Structure: TYPSA
Budget: 5.121.702,47 €
Project area: 6,195 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2009
Photographs: Jordi Tost Llopis and Grupo Aranea