Green Building Winner Nordic Built Challenge

Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo


5 winners in Nordic Built Challenge

The five winners of the Nordic Built Challenge were announced on September 11 at the Sweden Green Building Conference.

Starting with 171 proposals the jury had brought it down to five lucky Nordic national winners in the green building competition. Trine Pertou Mach at Nordic Innovation announced each winner in the five Nordic countries and first out was Denmark where the number one proposal was Ellebo Garden Room, refurbishing a social housing complex from 1963 in a suburb of Copenhagen. The proposed strategy for renovation of the structures is a combination of maximal retention of the existing structure, substantial new build, complete renovation of the facades and substantial landscape renovation. The authors behind the projects are Adam Khan Architects and Daniel Serafimovski Architects. According to a statement from the jury the “entry is well prepared and reflects a clear position in relation to almost all aspects of the assignment. As compared with the three other entries in Stage 2, this entry stands out in that it divides the large courtyard space into a number of smaller and consequently more urban spaces. Furthermore, the endeavour to create a lively and ‘self-grown’ exterior means that a clear distance is taken from the large-scale housing estates that Ellebo represents.”

The Finnish winner was named proposal Equilibrium, which includes the transformation of a Tampere office building into an attractive, business hub for the entire community. Besides creating a new meeting place and collaboration platform, the vision is to develop a sustainable work environment concept with a holistic eco-efficiency approach. KVA arkkitehdit Oy, Granlund Oy, Novetos Oy, Apprix Oy, and Kestävä Oy are behind the project. According to the statement from the jury, “Equilibrium has a clear, easy-to-grasp overall concept. The entry presents a community idea with a combination of mixed use functions. Excess building right is appointed for a new senior-housing complex. The focus of this entry is on people, and ICT-supported change management aimed at better use of the facilities and human capital.”

The Icelandic national winner was Cape Green (AS8GO) which was part of the competition of refurbishing Höfðabakki, a landmark in the central area of Reykjavik. With the winning entry AS8GO the ambition is to take advantage of the spectacular views, make the most of varying daylight conditions and the good connections to main traffic routes and public transportation.  Authors are VA Architects and Verkis. The jury motivated the selection of Cape Green according to the following statement: “The proposal presents great insight into sustainable planning solution for the site with a realistic approach to create a new identity for a green office park. The new developments are well defined in scale to what the site can contain in a sustainable manner.”

The Norwegian entry Urban Mountain was the winner in the Norwegian part of the competition, a refurbishment of Posthuset, an office building in Oslo. The idea is to remake the building into a new environmental landmark by incorporating Norwegian plants and biotopes to clean the Oslo city air, a lab for urban farming and new facades with integrated solar shading and natural ventilation. The authors behind Urban Mountain are schmidt hammer lassen architects and LOOP architects, Århus DK, COWI DK, COWI NOR, TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik GmbH, München, Vugge til Vugge Danmark. The jury stated that “Urban Mountain stands out as a winner for two important reasons. It consistently scores above the other entries in terms of innovative solutions for sustainability and environmental strategies. And it merges architectural design and environmental strategies in a manner no other entry quite reaches.”

Finally, Sweden’s number one in the green building competition was the entry Fittja People’s Palace. The project is a refurbishment of a 70s housing complex in Fittja in the southern part of Stockholm. Fittja People’s Palace is focusing on the tenants and aims to look at the situation with a 12 point scheme for renewal that is an open process involving all stakeholders. A complete interior renewal is suggested as well as changes to the ground floor to meet new needs for areas for local initiatives. NCC Construction Sverige AB and Spridd AB have created this winning proposal. “Fittja People’s Palace is the most courageous proposal in the competition. Although not innovative in any classical sense, it does represent a radical departure. The proposers dared to suggest small, but strategic, changes. The proposal adhered to the financial parameters established in the programme and thereby satisfied competition objectives,” stated the jury.

The 5 winners of the second stage will receive the opportunity for a consultancy agreement with the building owners to realize their project. In addition, they will be considered for the overall Nordic Built Challenge Award and a prize of NOK 1.000.000.

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