Shortlisted firms were announced in June from São Paulo, Brazil in Living Steel’s 2nd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing. One of the largest architectural design initiatives in the world, the competition was designed by Living Steel to inspire architects to develop innovative and responsible housing designs and bring those creations to life through constructions around the world. The competition, launched on World Architecture Day and judged by an International Union of Architects-approved jury, generated tremendous interest among the world’s leading architects with more than 1,100 entrants from 88 countries having submitted Expressions of Interest this year.
The shortlisted firms were charged with the development of innovative approaches to sustainable building design that use steel solutions to address the economic, environmental and social aspirations of a growing world population. Scott Chubbs, Living Steel’s program director said, “There is an undisputed housing shortage for a population that is growing at the rate of a small city each day. The Living Steel International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing presents a challenge to the world’s architects to design effective and efficient housing for Brazil, China and the UK, using what we believe is the most effective material for meeting this critical need.”
With a total prize fund of €300,000, the winning submission for each location will receive a €50,000 prize and a contract to complete their design for the construction of a demonstration building in the target locations. The remaining shortlisted finalists will each receive a €10,000 honorarium.
Sebastian Irarrazaval Architects of Chile presented YLEGO which is designed around three key ideas, proposing a modular unit that maximizes cross-ventilation through a design that avoids corridors and always gives double orientation to every space. Geometric “Y” Lego units can be adjusted to suit different site conditions in a range of different configurations. The structural approach highlights steel’s qualities of lightness and high performance under tension. (quoted from www.canadianarchitect.com/)
Architect: Sebastian Irarrazaval,
Collaborators Architects : Cristian Irarrazaval and Ximena García-Huidobro
Energy Consultant Architect: Javier del Río
Video Animation: Angela Dellorenzo
Rendering: Sebastian Contreras
Other shortlisted entries can be seen in http://www.livingsteel.org/
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