Winners chosen for international sustainable housing
Living Steel announced the winners of its 3rd International
Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing, which
presented architects with the task of creating energy
efficient, single-family, detached housing that minimizes
climate change emissions and can withstand extreme temperatures
yet is affordable to build and buy.
Australian firm, Peter Stutchbury Architects, represented
by Peter Stutchbury and Richard Smith, was selected as
the winner for extreme housing in Cherepovets, Russia,
receiving the Jury Prize of €50,000.
The design was selected for its innovative approach and
its awareness of local environmental and community requirements.
The Jury’s report stated; “Peter Stutchbury Architecture’s
scheme represents the kind of thinking the Living Steel
competition is meant to inspire, offering a more considered,
thoughtful and larger trajectory to the project brief
requirements. It was the most memorable of all of the
schemes offered in the competition, and the Jury made
a majority decision to select it as the winning scheme
for the 3rd International Architecture Competition for
Sustainable Housing. It is radically different and has
a very imaginative understanding of the landscape theme,
and the suggested neighborhood plan provides an incredible
playing field for children and a park-like setting for
The Jury was hard pressed to select only one winner from
a number of entrants because of the high-quality designs
and as a result, awarded Honourable Mentions to two additional
teams; RVTR of Toronto, Canada, led by Kathy Velikov
and Paul Raff, and Australian firm, Bligh Voller Nield
(BVN) Architecture, and its team members Chris Clarke
and Joel Kelder. Each team will receive a €3,000 prize.
Living Steel chose to change the format of the 2008 competition,
bringing all 12 teams together in Helsinki, Finland,
at Historic Suomenlinna for presentations to the Jury.
The participants watched from the audience as each team
presented their design concepts and discussed their approaches
with the Jury.
As the Jury entered deliberations at Hvitträsk, the 24
architects who made up the finalist teams were divided
into four groups and tasked in a Design Charrette with
master planning for the community. Mark Verdier, Professeur
à l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de NANCY,
conducted a presentation on considerations for community
planning. The groups were briefed on the Cherepovets
development requirements and then given a day and a half
to develop the community’s master plan. To select the
winning group, each team voted for one of the three other
teams. The winning group which includes: Daniel Jenkins,
ECD Architects, UK; Lourenço Gimenes, FGMF Arquitetos,
Brazil; Pekka Pakkanen, Huttenen-Lipasti-Pakkenen Architects,
Finland; Philip Wells, Hugh Broughton Architects, UK;
Vimal Jain, ARCHITECTURE PARADIGM, India; and Fabio Cibinel,
modostudio, Italy, will share a €24,000 Architects Prize.
Each team receives a €3,000 honorarium for participating
in the competition, as well as their travel expenses
to Helsinki paid by Living Steel.