Nerve of Steel
Living Steel announces winners of its first-ever architectural competition – the International Competition for Sustainble Housing at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum III in Vancouver. Living Steel is a worldwide program launched by the International Iron and Steel Institute to encourage architectural design and construction that fulfils growing global demand for housing and also overcomes environmental challenges. The idea is to design buildings that advanced the concept of sustainable housing in each location, demonstrating the value and performance of steel in realising economic, environmental and social aspirations.
The competition called for designs to be built at two locations – Warsaw in Poland and Kolkata in India. ‘Kick Start’, the winning entry for Poland was designed by Dutch firm Architectenbureau cepezed b.v. Kick Start was lauded for its easy prefabricated system design, simple floor plans and use of recycled materials. While Brit firm Piercy Conner Architects came out on top for the Kolkata entry dubbed ‘SymHouse mk1’. This entry was appreciated for its scheme flexibility and its play with light-ventilation-privacy screens, inspired by Indo-Islamic architecture.
Each will receive a prize of €50,000 and a contract to realise their designs. The jury panel included star architects such as Glenn Murcutt, Charles Correa, James Berry, Andrew Ogorzalek, Jaime Lerner (UIA) and Nicholas de Monchaux (UIA).