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Sustainable Alps: Architecture Prize Awarded

Mar 09, 2011 / alpMedia
Constructive, the Alpine-wide architecture award for sustainable construction and renovation has been presented to three architects and developers. Three further projects are euqally to be commended.
The municipal building in Raggal/A: built with sense and sensuality.
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The municipal building in Raggal/A: built with sense and sensuality. © Heinz Heiss / Zeitenspiegel
But Constructive is not just about energy efficiency. It is about a comprehensive notion of sustainability, i.e. selecting ecological building materials, ensuring good public transport links, and social aspects.
One such project combining economic, functional and aesthetic aspects is the municipal building in Raggal/A. Raggal's municipal forest consists of silver fir and spruce trees. Processing locally sourced timber provides work for woodcutters, joiners and carpenters in the valley. After all, sustainable construction also means promoting the regional economy. The award-winning building was built by Austrian architect Johannes Kaufmann.
The Principality of Liechtenstein launched the award with prize money totally of EUR 50,000 for the winning projects - one of the very few and arguably the most concrete implementation of the action plan for climate change in the Alps at state level. The competition attracted a total of 201 projects from seven Alpine states. The Jury invited 25 developers and architects to compete in a second round. These nominated projects are to be shown at an exhibition going on tour.
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Filed under: architecture, construction