Monday, May 7, 2012

The Architecture of Necessity continues!

Our international jury has chosen the three most interesting projects from the 2010 call for an Architecture of Necessity. The main criteria was to identify projects that lead the way in terms of sustainability and new building methods. We are therefore proud to present TYIN tegnestue Architects, Kaden Klingbeil and Atelier Kempe Thill.

The submissions have been judged on their merits of ecological, social and cultural sustainability. Ecological sustainability encompasses use and transport of materials, as well as use of energy. Social sustainability includes user participation and accessibility for various social groups. Cultural sustainability may include new types of buildings that solve important tasks and may function as a model for other projects.

TYIN tegnestue Architects, “Butterfly Houses“ (Norway)
Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad founded TYIN tegnestue Architects in 2007 with headquarters in Norway. Their architectural philosophy is strongly guided by necessity. They mainly work with projects in Norway and in the poorer regions of Uganda, Indonesia and Thailand. “Butterfly Houses” was constructed in Thailand to house orphans and provide a safe space the children could call home. During a six month period, TYIN tegnestue Architects developed 6 new sleeping units housing 24 children.
Atelier Kempe Thill, “Hip House“ (The Netherlands)
Atelier Kempe Thill is a Dutch architectural bureau that opened in 2000. The office of the two German architects and founders André Kempe and Oliver Thill specialise in public buildings, housing and urban planning. They create a very simple although complex architecture which is neutral and enjoyable at the same time. “Hip House” is a prototype for a new social housing concept that tries to go beyond the status quo by improving the living standards for the lower income classes whilst maximising the use of a limited budget. This prototype shows what is possible by diverging from the norm – designing a lifestyle which is just as luxurious as a loft with open spaces, freestanding kitchen block and a high amount of daylight in every apartment unit.
Kaden Klingbeil, “e3“ (Germany)
Tom Kaden and Tom Klingbeil established the architectural office Kaden Klingbeil in 2002 in Berlin. Their work lies in the field of residential buildings and wood construction. After constructing many smaller wood houses the architects accepted the challenge to build one of the highest in the world. “e3” was the first wooden 7-storey building in the urban area of Berlin. As such it sets new standards for urban construction types. The specially designed staircase enables a third visible facade, providing additional daylight.The building contains 7 apartments from 1,5 to 5 rooms with as much as 150 sqm, and a ground floor a shop area with 110 sqm.
Big thanks to our jury!
Claes Caldenby: Professor of Architecture at Chalmers Technical University, and jury chair. 
Michelle Kaufmann: Acclaimed American green building advocate and architect.
Riccardo Vannucci: Italian architect and founder of award-winning FAREstudio.

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