Sand, straw and bamboo prove a winning formula at Holcim Awards

Sand, straw and bamboo prove a winning formula at Holcim Awards

Following the regional Holcim Awards for sustainable construction projects for Latin America, Europe, Africa Middle East, and North America, the winners of the Asia Pacific Awards have been revealed, bringing the regional phase of the competition to a close.

Twelve groundbreaking projects incorporating sustainable construction were recognised at a ceremony in Singapore. 

Taking out first place was The Earthen School Tipu Sultan Merkez, in a small village near Lahore, Pakistan, which upgrades traditional building methods with low-tech engineering and design measures.

It provides seven new classrooms in a school for underprivileged girls, made from locally-sourced cob (clay, sand, water, and straw) and earth-filled bamboo walls.

Head juror and dean of architecture at Nanjing University in China, praised the concept for propagating the use of new construction methods by the agrarian population and improving the local economic situation.

“The new construction approach shows the rural community an affordable, high quality and durable alternative compared to widely-used but higher cost and less environmentally-compatible construction materials,” she said.

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