World Architecture Awards Submissions / 45th Cycle
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Upper Silesia ( near Częstochowa) is one of the most picturesque corners of the region (Jura Krakowsko -Czestochowska).It has great potential to become an important tourist area not only on the region scale, but also on a national scale.The buildings founded in the commune have a varied character.The area covered with low and high vegetation.One of the most serious threats to the flora of the Jura is high air pollution caused by the close proximity of large industrial plants and environmental changes caused by the drainage of swamps and peat bogs.
The idea of the project was to create still harsh unchangeable monolith, referring to rocks scattered in the region, which is constantly being complemented by the surrounding nature. The pictures around the house change in the rhythm of seasons, weather conditions, day and night cycles. Therefore the house interiors are flexibly exposed to the influence of the surrounding environment and adopt nature decorations through spacious windows and skylights. Images change cyclically giving the interiors unpredictable sets of colors and shades. Moving around the building you are welcome to admire different views and perspectives. Standing on the terrace one can observe the area as separate framed pictures - tops of the trees, open atrium of the house, garden part and architecture outlines. Sitting comfortably we can look at the sky and feel nature surface under their feet. The main entrance to the house is located from the street side, the front elevation was broken inside indicating in a symbolic way its place. The house is similar to a broken rock, in the interior where, like in a cave, you can hide from the storm. The building's construction frame has appointed an additional external rooms.The green frames of the garden complement the raw architecture, allowing for a little reflection and meditation. Structural divisions, internal patios, green courtyards and terraces among the tops of the trees give the opportunity to rediscover the house. Green roof terrace enlarges the biologically active surface and together with forest plants becomes the natural frame of the building. Minimalistic form of the building becomes balanced by the green roof and terraces, which are more than just extra elements added to make house more attractive. We design green surfaces to create a network of eco-points of the building that provide a specific natural eco climate around the house.This is indeed vision of a potential new order in architecture where the house becomes the centre of influencing the climate and Biodiversity change – building as a new biotope “asylum”, a living library of animal plant genes and microorganisms. The building starts to be an ecosystem of the future.The building has been functionally divided into several zones complementary to each other. Residential zones, dirty, wet zones and rest zones were designated.Their connection became nature, which was also invited to the house. The living room with high ceiling and lighting in the roof allowed to put a large tree in the interior of the house. The designed rooms are divided into bedrooms / night part, living area with living room, dining room and kitchen, dirty garage part and sports zone.
Total plot area: 2790.00 m2
Built-up area: 540.40 m2
Biologically active area without a green roof: 1720.00 m2
Biologically active area without a green roof: = 61.65%
Biologically active area with a green roof, geogrid driveway: 2239.10 m2
Biologically active area with a green roof, geogrid driveway: = 80%
Usable area: 422.6 m2
Built-up area: 540.4 m2
Volume: 2,174.88 m3
Building height: 7.70m
Type of roof: flat roof / gable roof
Floor plan dimension: 26.6mx34.5m
Demand for installations:
Heat pump - use of renewable energy to heat the house
Rainwater recovery - garden irrigation green roof
Photovoltaics - the use of solar energy as a source of electricity
Green roof - rainwater collection, air purification, lowering the ambient temperature Ventilation and recuperation system
A green roof absorbs rainwater by buffering it in the plant layer, the substrate and the drainage layer. Delays the discharge of rainwater into the sewage system, purifies rainwater; water also evaporates through plants. All this contributes to the stabilisation of the groundwater level, reduces the peak loads of the sewage network and the risk of flooding.
Plants in a green roof filter dust suspended in the air and convert CO2 into oxygen. Green roofs definitely contribute to air purification.
Lowering the ambient temperature
Plants absorb sunlight, 50% is absorbed and 30% is reflected; thus it helps to create a cooler and more pleasant climate. With regard to indoor conditions, this means that air conditioning does not have to work so intensively, which in turn translates into energy savings.A green roof protects the roofing material from external influences such as temperature fluctuations, sun, rain and wind.
A green roof helps to reduce the temperature on the roof. Thanks to the cooler roof, the efficiency of the solar panels is increased, which reduces the overall energy costs.Reducing the noise level in the environment, both outside and inside.The green roof is like a sound barrier for the building. It absorbs noise, so it creates a quieter environment, both inside and outside the building.
San Francisco’s many tech booms and its rare beauty attract people from all parts of the world and place it in the heart of this country’s housing crisis. A large percentage of the city’s land has been limited to single-family-only use since 1978, when the city's residential areas were downzoned to limit growth. These zoning requirements effectively excluded access to people of color and limited means thereby creating redlined elite neighborhoods. In the past 20 - 30 years, broad swaths of middle to low-income San Franciscans have been forced to leave the city due to ever-escalating rents and exorbitant home prices driven by scarcity.
Neighborhoods on the city's west side have seen virtually no growth in the past 50 years. Housing built in San Francisco is concentrated in downtown, South of Market (SoMa), and parts of the Mission. Fewer than 10% of the 82,000 units mandated by the state of California’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) have been built this past year. Many entities in the city, from the Mayor’s office to YIMBY and housing organizations, support increased housing density and are looking to the west side for opportunities to help solve the city's housing needs with equitable, inclusive, and affordable neighborhoods.
The project area is divided into 3 parts in proportion to the existing residential facade. With reference to the roof height of the neighboring buildings, apartment blocks are designed on both sides with a geometry created by the angles. The middle block has a vertical architecture independent of the existing texture. The residences, which rise as 3 separate blocks, establish a relationship with the environment with the consoles coming out of the façade, as in the existing texture. This newly built project is actually a reinterpretation of the existing texture with a higher density and with respect to the existing buildings as an architectural whole. By designing 5 commercial shops on the ground floor, it is aimed to eliminate the lack of shops in the region. In the rising blocks, there are a total of 5 different room numbers. Efficient land use and the fact that the designed buildings will add architectural value to the region are the biggest factors of sustainability. It is aimed to keep the carbon footprint at a minimum level by using brick in weight ratio as the construction material.
A biomimetic architectural project inspired from nature, STELLA Residence is an apartment complex combining F&B services on the first floor. The 330 m2 land campus is located at the tourist center of Vietnam coastal city. With the fast and spontaneous developments of surrounding social environment and services, its shape and structure is like a separate highlight and pioneer in the development of sustainable architecture there.
Simulating the architecture of natural leaf veins, we have created a "Double-skin" solution for the building with irregularly curved laminar system using precast lightweight concrete material. This cover is calculated to block all direct sunlight affecting the building and reduce the direct visibility to those unsightly surrounding landscape. The ripples and splits of the sheath simulating the softness of the leaves, providing a visual sense of movement while allowing the incorporation of naturally growing interspersed vegetation. Through microclimate analysis of the building, we decided to open a large atrium core at the center to create a natural "Aqua-terrarium". This solution solves the natural air convection problem for resident living spaces, and this is also the place to regulate the central temperature and humidity for the building. The vertical axis of the cavernous core begins with a large waterfall lake on the first floor that acts like a moisture diffuser.
The arc-shaped vegetation layers are built gradually upward with the intention of gradually rotating the axis and gradually decreasing the aperture to regulate the intensity of light that affect on the core area.The purpose of this analysis is building an environmental simulation for a naturally growing tropical flora.
This apartment complex is developed around botanical core above with the idea of a garden house - a front yard is a buffer zone connecting the house to the central natural space. From here, residents can see the garden, the privacy is enhanced with layered green solutions. This idea breaks away the sense of accessibility of traditional apartments, bringing the concept that humans are only a part of this ecological circle - the great meaning of biological architecture. The approach to this building is clearly separated from traffic functions with soft and unique paths that were created by layers of greenery. Spatial areas are connected and demarcated to each other through large curved concrete walls and diverse vegetation. The uniqueness of this space is exploited for the F&B service experience.
The rooftop is a public quiet and meditation space for residents, this is an ellipse beyond the structure with the purpose of releasing view to all four sides, connected with a large suspended concrete wall. Those all are combined into a space for everyone to feel the tranquility in the midst of nature. Materials that is used throughout the building are highly sustainable such as bare concrete, natural wood, clay and rough stone.
The usage is delicately calculated to blend into the vegetation that brough a feeling of warmth and closeness to nature. This STELLA Residence project was developed with the desire to create a group of residents with a unique experience of biological architecture, thereby conveying the ideology of building a sustainable lifestyle for future society.
Area 330 m2
Area construction 2.300 m2
MAS Architecture Workshop
Lead Architect: Nguyen Cong Thanh
Team Member: Le Tinh Tam, Le Truong Giang, Tran Phuoc Hoang
The Pearl was meticulously designed with careful consideration of trending architectural design factors in the property market. The design of The Pearl embodies the essence of contemporary Vietnamese architecture, using modern techniques combined with international standards to craft unique residences that are tailored to the traditions and lifestyle of the emerging Vietnamese middle class. To ensure all design requirements and the expectations of the local community is met, the strategies employed to achieve Vietnamese contemporary design is structured to seamlessly accommodate the day-to-day activities and celebrations rooted in the local culture and traditions.
The design process for The Pearl began with the core idea that each residence is unique and personal to its owner, yet part of a family expressing a similar architectural language. Throughout the concept development, several key principles were proposed to maintain consistency and optimize the use of space, providing the best possible experience for residents. By adhering to these principals, the design of The Pearl aims to create a harmonious living environment that meets the needs and desires of its future residents. These principles include:
1. Optimizing the use of both public and private spaces: By optimizing the use of public spaces, The Pearl creates communal areas that foster interaction and a sense of belonging among residents. This encourages a vibrant community where individuals can socialize and engage in shared activities, enhancing the overall well-being of the residents. The efficient utilization of private spaces ensures that residents have comfortable and functional living environments that meet their needs. This includes well-designed apartments or houses that prioritize functionality, comfort, and privacy.
2. Ensuring convenience for residents by providing easy access to on-site facilities: The Pearl is designed to provide residents with convenient access to a range of on-site facilities, such as amenities, shopping areas, parks, and recreational spaces. This reduces the need for residents to travel long distances for daily necessities and entertainment, saving time and enhancing their overall quality of life.
3. Emphasizing a community-centric design approach: The community-centric design of The Pearl enables residents to build stronger bonds amongst one another, improving security within the neighbourhood and respect for one another. This is achieved through the integration of shared spaces, such as communal gardens, playgrounds, and gathering areas, where residents can connect and conduct activities together.
Additionally, The Pearl may incorporate sustainable initiatives that promote eco-friendly practices and reduce its environmental footprint. These initiatives could include features like green spaces, energy-efficient systems, and waste management strategies. By implementing sustainable design principles, The Pearl demonstrates a commitment to environmental responsibility and contributes to the overall well-being of the community.
With these principals, the concept design of The Pearl not only creates a visually appealing and functional living environment but also focuses on enhancing the sense of community, supporting the local economy, and promoting sustainability. By incorporating these considerations into the design process, The Pearl becomes more than just a development project—it becomes a catalyst for positive social, economic, and environmental impact within the local community.
Location: An Thanh, Ben Luc, Long An province, Vietnam
Plot area: 432 sqm
GFA: 369 sqm
Number of floor: 3 floors
Number of bedroom: 4 bedrooms
In today's era of rapid urbanization, the role of students has expanded beyond expectations. Understanding the behavior and daily struggles of students reveals the immense pressure they face. This project prioritizes the mental health of younger minds. The fundamental concept behind Urban Nest is to create an ideal environment by seamlessly integrating spaces and designing architecture that responds to mental well-being. The spaces within Urban Nest emanate positivity and enhance the everyday lives of its users. The planning of this hostel aims to establish a connection between the constructed and the natural, forming permeable green areas and recreational spaces. These areas constantly invite people to move from one place to another. The volumetric hierarchy on the site provides various spaces for interaction and collaboration. The design incorporates green patches and interspersed recreational areas to promote positivity.
Urban Nest was envisioned with a focus on its users and their needs. The campus offers spaces for individual as well as communal growth, as each space seamlessly connects to another. The organic arrangement of balconies and green terraces not only encourages social interaction but also enhances the beauty of the facade.
By addressing both tangible and intangible needs of its users, Urban Nest offers an improved alternative to traditional hostel typologies.
The site is elongated and narrow. The concept started by creating an axis along this narrow site with meticulous placement of each unit while following to the stringent bye-law like 35% permissible ground coverage . It also opens up to various cutouts / courtyards on all the sides.
The plans are formed in such a way that no two plans are the same. The plans mold themselves on the site creating voids on all the levels in different places. These voids become the space that harvest greens and trees. Each unit or dwelling is always in the vicinity to a garden or a tree, no matter what floor you are on.
These voids also allow cross ventilation as wind moves through the structure. The trees also help in cooling these winds and hence the whole building. This lowers the temperature in the hot climate of NOIDA. These voids also become spaces for informal meetings. These voids allow cross communication between various floors and create interactive spaces. These interactive spaces are then connected through staircases, steps and platforms.
As the sectional perspective shows, every space opens up to another space, overlooking into another open space. This also ends up in creating rooms, where each room gives out a different view .
Exemplifying this further, the balconies of rooms are of different in sizes, extending in and out creating a play of platforms and views. This also organically generates a facade where each space feels as if it is jutting out of the structure.
SITE AREA- 3800 SQ. M
SITE- NOIDA, INDIA
CAPACITY- 300 STUDENTS
Manoj K Sharma