International Holcim Awards

International Holcim Awards

The Holcim Foundation has announced the North American winners of its 2014 awards program, which seeks to reward participants for evolutions in sustainable construction. This year’s winners will share more than $300,000 in prize money for developing sophisticated, multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing the 21st century building industry.


Poreform, Las Vegas, NV

Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor of Water Pore Partnership won the top prize with a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin that captures stormwater, adding more than 75,000 megaliters to Sin City’s water supply.


Rebuilding by Design, New York City

A consortium led by Bjarke Ingels Group won Silver with a project that uses a raised berm and sequence of public spaces to address New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding.


Hy-Fi, New York City

David Benjamin of The Living architecture lab won Bronze for a cluster of circular towers built of biologically grown bricks, designed for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.

Acknowledgment Prize

The Crysanthemum Building, Boston, MA

Kennedy & Violich Architecture put forth an affordable model for residential development with a timber construction and metal mesh screens.

Acknowledgment Prize

Heritage Reframed, Toronto, ON

NADAA restores 19th century architecture with state-of-the-art construction materials and energy systems.

Acknowledgment Prize

Divining LA, Los Angeles, CA

A Woodbury University team developed a digital tool for urban design in water stressed environments.

Acknowledgment Prize

In-Closure, Seattle, WA

ABF-lab designed a master plan that reintroduces forest into the heart of the Emerald City.

Next Generation 1st Prize

Trash for Use, New York City

Debbie Chen proposed an inner-city machine for turning trash into treasure.

Next Generation 2nd Prize

Machine Landscape, Greene County, PA

Atelier Dreiseitl proposed using abandoned coal mines for hydro-pump electricity storage.

Next Generation 3rd Prize

Pleura Pod, Cambridge, MA

MIT students proposed a wall system filled with algae that transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Next Generation 4th Prize

Timber-Link, Cape Dorset, NU

Enns Design and solidoperations used cross-laminated timber to form a flexible system of inhabitable cells.

Next Generation 5th Prize

Evolutionary Infrastructure, San Francisco, CA

This academic team explored the potential of adaptively reusing abandoned infrastructure.

Next Generation 6th Prize

Latex Formwork, Cambrige, MA

This MIT research project investigates a new construction method for thin concrete panels.