Pioneering buildings in focus: fifth call for submissions in the Constructive Alps award

Bern, 14.01.2020 - The Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE and the Principality of Liechtenstein are today launching the fifth call for submissions for the international Constructive Alps architecture award. The focus is on renovations and new-builds that are emblematic of sustainable construction in the Alps.

The ARE's aim with this architecture competition is to raise awareness of a considered treatment of the climate, landscape, and local architectural heritage. In the future, it will become even more vital to build and renovate with a long-term view in order to maintain a high quality of life in the Alps. For the fifth Constructive Alps award, the ARE is therefore looking for regional approaches which will lay the foundations of Alpine architecture in the decade to come.

The ARE has made the award in partnership with the Principality of Liechtenstein since 2011. Even at its inception, Constructive Alps supported variety, recognising a whole range of different building types, such as residential properties, multi-use buildings, and mountain huts. Initially, the focus was on energy-efficiency and environmentally-friendly construction materials, but Constructive Alps subsequently evolved to adopt new issues. These included the question of how construction affects its immediate surrounding area, and how a building helps to develop the architectural heritage of its particular region.

In addition to new buildings, this year's competition is particularly also seeking renovations and projects which efficiently meet their energy needs, or use resources sparingly, such as by upcycling. Social aspects of construction and renovation will be a further important criterion, for example the quality of densification, or the involvement of the population.

Architects are invited to submit their project by 14 March 2020 (see link).

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