The winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 winners for Middle East Africa have been announced in Nairobi, Kenya. The eleven winning projects share in USD 330,000 prize money, and illustrate how sustainability in building is rapidly gaining significance in the Middle East Africa region.
The event was hosted by Bamburi Cement, a member of LafargeHolcim. And former Global Awards Gold winner Francis Kéré delivered the keynote address.
The 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction attracted 5,085 entries by authors in 121 countries.
Three Awards, four Next Generation and four Acknowledgement prizes were also be presented at each ceremony: in Marseille for Europe, San José for Latin America, Chicago for North America and Kuala Lumpur for Asia Pacific over the coming weeks.
We are pleased to present the winners of the 2017 Regional LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 Middle East Africa:
Gold | USD 100,000 | Dandaji, Niger: Legacy Restored
Religious and secular complex
Reinterpretation of traditional local construction for a new mosque and community center in Dandaji, Niger, creating a space in the village open to all.
The proposed new mosque as well as the restoration of an existing house of worship are accordingly conceived as test beds for sustainable research, exploring new techniques pertaining to the use of renewable resources.
Silver | USD 50,000 | Aït Benhaddou, Morocco: Weaving and Stamping
Elementary school and craft training center
Learning complex in the village of Aït Benhaddou in Morocco uses architecture, form, and space to claim artisanship and handiwork as living and modern traditions.
The project incorporates local rammed earth construction and also uses local wool and cane weaving as screens and canopies to shade the facades and exterior common spaces. The woven screens are produced by local women.
Bronze | USD 30,000 | El Marj, Lebanon: Pavilion Re-claimed
Adaptive reuse for refugee education
Located in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees, the project creates a dignified school environment from the leftover materials of a temporary pavilion in a collaborative and smart reassembly of its components.
By reusing a temporary structure for a humanitarian purpose, the project contributes to sustainability through re-appropriation and calls attention to the opportunity for architectural structures to be re-used beyond their originally intended purpose.
Acknowledgement prize | USD 20,000 | Lilongwe, Malawi: Ascending Array
Miracle for Africa Foundation central library
The new central library for the campus of the Miracle for Africa Foundation in Lilongwe provides spaces for books, archives, reading rooms, classrooms, offices, and an open forum.
Acknowledgement prize | USD 20,000 | Kampala, Uganda: Reel to Real
Maisha Film Lab headquarters
Film training center in East Africa conceived as a cinematic series of spaces wrapped in brick and intended to empower a new generation of filmmakers to see and narrate their experiences for a global audience.
The building’s reduced material palette, consisting almost entirely of bricks produced from high-quality local clay, establishes an appropriate cinematic framework for a range of spatial sequences.
Shea butter storage for Nyingali community
Fostering the production of shea butter as an important local trade, the striking towers of the storage units are designed for passive cooling and allude to traditional local architecture.
By storing the nuts and processing them incrementally, the community will be able to sell processed shea butter for skin moisturizing when it commands a higher price in the market cycle.
Exuberant and playful transformation of traditional type forms for a healing center for children with Nodding Disease in Uganda aimed at community-building after decades of conflict.
This “playground-as- campus” is the result of a participatory design process that incorporates the formal vernacular of traditional architecture as filtered through the drawings of its future inhabitants.
“Next Generation” 2nd prize | USD 20,000 | Aleppo, Syria: Recovering Aleppo
Rubble recycling units
Project for rubble recycling units for the city of Aleppo in Syria, combining the rebuilding of the constructed habitat with the rebuilding of devastated communities.
The intention is to recycle concrete rubble while reconstructing the city’s social and urban fabric. With the support of a humanitarian agency, the project raises awareness on cultural continuity while rebuilding a “lost” city.
Designing processes for informal settlements
Design of a so-called “(in)formal pattern language” to improve the social and physical conditions of Cairo’s poverty-stricken and fast-growing informal neighborhoods.
Stakeholders are enticed to take charge of their environment via the deployment of straightforward “patterns” for improving their neighborhood.
More than just a project for a building, the design makes a plea for reinforcing the civic role of architecture in contemporary culture.
Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold, Silver or Bronze in 2017 from each of the five regions automatically qualified for the Global LafargeHolcim Awards competition in 2018. The finalists will be evaluated by a panel of independent experts of international stature engaged in the sustainable development of society, building processes, and building projects. The Global LafargeHolcim Awards Jury will meet in Zurich in March 2018.
- Head of Jury: Alejandro Aravena
Partner Architect & Executive Director, Elemental, Chile; Laureate, Pritzker Architecture Prize 2016; Curator, Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2016
- David Adjaye
OBEPrincipal, Adjaye Associates, United Kingdom (tbc)
- Xuemei Bai
Professor of Urban Environment & Human Ecology, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University (ANU), Australia
- Hashim Sarkis
Dean, School of Architecture & Planning (SA+P), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA; and Principal, Hashim Sarkis Studios, USA/Lebanon
- Stuart Smith
Director, Arup, United Kingdom
- Werner Sobek
Director, Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart; and Founder, Werner Sobek Group, Germany
- Rolf Soiron
Member, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and Chairman of the Board, Lonza Group, Switzerland
- Brinda Somaya
Principal Architect & Managing Director, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, India
- Head of Academic Committee: Marc Angélil
Professor of Architecture & Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
For further information
For further information about the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for region Middle East Africa meeting at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt in May 2017 , visit the Article on Apsaidal.
For further information about the Lafarge Holcim Awards, visit the Article on Apsaidal.
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