OCTOBER 2009

Living Steel showcases next-generation architecture

A commemorative book documenting the visionary and varied responses to the Living Steel’s International Architecture Competitions will be available globally in November.

Houses of Steel features 48 unique award-winning designs from Living Steel’s International Architecture competitions for sustainable steel homes, including single and multi-story residential projects.

All featured designs are winners or finalists from the three unique competitions, documenting the most outstanding entries between 2006 and 2008, including projects across India, Poland, Brazil, China, Russia and the United Kingdom.

A design by Piercy Conner Architects (UK) was the winner of a 2006 Living Steel competition for a structure to be built in India.

Each project is presented with detailed sketches, 3D elevations, drawings and architectural plans, highlighting inventiveness, originality and sustainable features of the builds. Further information on each entry is detailed on the Living Steel website with flash modules to supplement the reading experience.

The collaborative competition was launched to develop innovative approaches to meet sustainable housing needs using steel worldwide – a ubiquitous building material that offers a unique, cost effective design solution for the world’s growing urban populations.

Director of PCKO Architects and competition jury member, Andrew Orgorzalek, said the book will inspire upcoming architects to rethink their approach to developing long-term sustainable housing, “Steel technology in its pure form is traditionally rarely used in design, despite its ability to create light, flexible and transparent structures which offer cost-effective and recyclable housing.”

Visit www.livingsteel.org for further information on Houses of Steel and the Living Steel program.