3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

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Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year’s winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

The winning entries were selected from last year’s top-prize recipients in the five regional Holcim Awards competitions, a total of 15 proposals (see our previous coverage here). An international jury of industry leaders, led by Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design), determined the winners of the 2015 Global Holcim Awards.

See the winners after the break.

Nisala Villa / Nath Rankothge & Associates

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Architects: Nath Rankothge & Associates
Location: ,
Area: 282.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ajantha Ranaweera

Nugegoda House / Chinthaka Wickramage associates

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Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage associates
Location: Colombo,
Architect In Charge: Chinthaka Wickramage, Nileeka Senerath
Civil Contractor: Pasalka builders and decorators ltd.
Area: 220.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eresh Weerasuriya

Villa Vista / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Shigeru Ban Architects Europe/ Shigeru Ban, Yasunori Harano
Area: 825 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Hiroyuki Hirai

House 1 / Isurunath Pramitha Associates

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Location: Woodland Avenue,
Architect In Charge: S.W. Isurunath Bulankulame
Area: 3600.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eresh Weerasuriya

Estate Bungalow / Narein Perera

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Architects: Narein Perera
Location: , Sri Lanka
Design Team: Dilshan Weeraratne, Sameera Dharmasena, Thanuja Gamage, Lakmal Galagoda
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Narein Perera

Milroy Perera Designs World’s Tallest Residential Vertical Garden

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Milroy Perera Associates, in collaboration with Mäga Engineering, has unveiled plans for the world’s tallest residential vertical garden in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. The Clearpoint tower will house 164 apartments spread across 46 floors within 10 kkilometers from the centre of Columbo. Overlooking the tributaries of the Diyawanna Lake in , planted viewing terraces will encircle the entire structure fed by “inbuilt self-sustaining watering systems.”

Remembering Bawa

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In this article, originally published in Indian Architect & Builder, architect and writer David Robson pens an intimate and personal account of the life and work of  – an incredible architect with an un-paralleled legacy in and south-east India. 

Ten years have rolled by since Geoffrey Bawa’s death and fifteen since ill-health forced him to hang up his tee-square. It’s time to take stock: what was his legacy? How were his ideas disseminated? What influence has he had? What were his qualities? Who was Geoffrey Bawa?

Krrish Square / Maison Edouard François

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In the heart of Colombo, , a lot surrounds a historic British-colonial building.  In this country, density is not limited and the program quickly takes on an exceptional scale. Designed by Maison Edouard François, the 450,000m² Heritage Building is planned for offices, apartments, a hotel, a cinema, and a commercial center.  As two spectacular bridges unite the three towers, the challenge becomes how to successfully create such a massive program adjacent to a historic monument.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Post-Tsunami Housing / Shigeru Ban Architects

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects
Location: , Sri Lanka
Client: Philip Bay
Area: 71 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Dominic Sansoni

En-able – Paralytic Home Proposal / Triple O Studio

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Designed by Triple O Studio, the basic premise they had for their design of the En-able – Paralytic Home was to keep in mind the every day activities of the differently-able and the specific nuances in the design of catering to their needs. Located in , the architects wanted to create an environment that would bring about a feeling of community and help keep their spirits up. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Colombo Mixed-Use Development / Safdie Architects

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Safdie Architects was recently selected to design a new mixed-use development in Colombo, . The 69-storey mixed-use project will be the first for Moshe Safdie in , and is expected to be the tallest residential building in Colombo when it is completed. The design includes expansive family and community space amenities such as community gardens, shared outdoor spaces within the upper levels of the building, and individual roof gardens or terraces for every residence, a hallmark of Safdie’s design philosophy to provide access to outdoor spaces in high density urban housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BHC Colombo / Richard Murphy Architects

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Architects: Richard Murphy Architects
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Project Director: Richard Murphy
Project Architect: Matt Bremner
Architectural Assistant: Tim Bayman
Client: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Exec. Architects:
Contractor: Gibs Ltd.
Project Manager: Edmond Shipway
Structural Engineers: SKM Anthony Hunts
M+E Engineers: Fulcrum Consulting
Landscape Architects: Gross Max
Lighting Designers: Speirs and Major Associates
Project Area 3,400 sqm
Budget: Euro $7.5 M
Project Year: 2009
Photographer: David Morris © Richard Murphy Architects