29 Mar '12, 7pm

Global #Holcim Award winners announced, doling out $350K in prizes for #sustainable #construction:

Global #Holcim Award winners announced, doling out $350K in prizes for #sustainable #construction:

Taking home the Gold Global Holcim Award, along with $200,000, is a secondary school project in the village of Gando in Burkina Faso that was created by Diébédo Francis Kéré of Kéré Architecture in Berlin, Germany. Gando is a village of 3,000 inhabitants that currently has no secondary education facilities. Recognizing that the region has summer temperatures that peak at 104 F, the design for Secondary School Gando capitalizes on passive ventilation strategies to create a comfortable indoor environment and reduce energy use. Constructed of round structures embedded in the countryside, the school spaces are sheltered from the eastern winds, but open to breezes from the west. The natural ventilation system relies on a series of earth tubes to cool and route air, as well as surrounding vegetation, stack-effect air currents, and double-skin roofs and facades. The project is de...

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