Winners of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction announced

Canadian projects “Off the Wall” and the Indigenous Wellness Centre by the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation were among the nine awarded projects.

The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction announced the winners for its 6th competition cycle. Canadian projects “Off the Wall” and the Indigenous Wellness Centre by the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation received awards in the North American Category.

In the North America competition region, many proposals dealt with socially disadvantaged ethnic groups. The regional jury, chaired by Reed Kroloff (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA), selected four projects in the USA and one project in Canada as the winners of the Main category. The Next Generation category winners, three from the USA and one project from Canada, all address fundamental issues and challenges:

Silver | USD 50,000 | Yellowknife, Canada
Indigenous Wellness in Canada
The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Centre (AIWC) is a building conceived to provide cultural and health-related services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who are often forced to travel out of their communities to obtain specialized medical assistance. The complex reflects the traditional Indigenous concept of wellness that acknowledges a relationship between physical, cultural and spiritual dimensions. In this sense, the building is organized around three specific yet interconnected programmatic volumes serving three distinct functions: people gathering, education, and health assistance.

Main Authors
Lola Sheppard – Lateral Office, Toronto, Canada; Mason White – Lateral Office, Toronto, Canada; Nicole Redvers – Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, Yellowknife, Canada; Wilbert Cook – Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, Yellowknife, Canada

Further Authors
Kearon Roy Taylor – Lateral Office, Toronto, Canada; Be’sha Blondin – Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, Yellowknife, Canada; Francois Paulette – Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, Yellowknife, Canada


“Next Generation” 2nd prize | USD 20,000 | Waterloo, Canada
Off the Wall

The goal of the project is to develop innovative sustainable alternative construction materials for wall veneers and insulation purposes. Building wall components are produced from cement kiln dust, byproducts from agriculture (crop fibers, rice husks, bean pods etc.), and aquaculture (fish) used as a natural binder. Depending on the fiber type, different colors, weight and textured of the blocks can be obtained. Compared to conventionally fired bricks that are burned at high temperatures, IXIM (a Mayan word for maize) components require less energy to be produced. The project claims to not only mitigate Greenhouse gas emissions entailed by the production of conventional bricks but also reduce land degradation to extract raw materials.

Main Authors
Noor Shaikh – University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada; Daniel Gonzalez – University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

To see the full jury description and comments on the two projects, and to view all of the awarded projects in the North American competition, visit the Holcim Awards website.

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