News contribution on behalf of the Swiss Delegation to the Alpine Convention - In English only
«Constructive Alps» prizes are being awarded for the fifth time in 2020 for renovations and new builds in the Alps that represent the best blend of climate-friendly construction and Baukultur. Through the international architecture prize, the Alpine countries brought together under the Alpine Convention (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland) are contributing to the accomplishment of their climate-related targets.
In four videoconferences held over three days, the eight-person jury shortlisted 28 out of 328 constructions. In addition to residential houses and commercial buildings, they also include mountain inns, a chapel, kindergartens and cultural centres – 11 renovations, one new construction to replace an old structure, as well as 16 new buildings. Jury President Köbi Gantenbein remarks with satisfaction: «The jury is delighted with the 28 pearls of architecture, which translate confidence in the economic and social fabric of rural Alpine regions into purposeful and climate-smart architecture.»
The jury will now conduct on-site inspections of the 28 shortlisted buildings at locations reaching from Slovenia to France, and will also talk with the builders, architectural offices and users. In addition to the climate friendliness of buildings as measured by key energy indicators and the grey energy consumed in their construction, the jury’s decision also takes account of their contribution to future-oriented living and economic activities in the Alps.
On 6 November the prize money will be handed to three awardees and the catalogue and exhibition inaugurated at the Swiss Alpine Museum in Berne. As is customary, the exhibition will then become a travelling exhibition showcasing sustainable construction in the Alps. It will tour from Ljubljana to Nice.
Mark Pfister, Scientific Collaborator, International Affairs Division, Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, Tel. +41 (0)58 460 52 76, firstname.lastname@example.org
Köbi Gantenbein, President of the «Constructive Alps» Jury and publisher of Hochparterre, Tel. +41 (0)79 203 15 21