Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rehabilitation Centre Groot Klimmendaal by Architectenbureau Koen van Velsen

This rehabilitation centre in a Dutch forest by Architectenbureau Koen van Velsen is one of six projects to be shortlisted for this year’s Mies van der Rohe Award.

The use of energy is amongst others reduced by the compact design of the building and the design of the mechanical and electrical installations. Most notably the thermal storage (heat and cold storage) contributes to the reduction of energy consumption. The choice of selecting sustainable building materials and materials requiring little maintenance for floor finishes, ceilings and facade cladding result in a building which can be easily maintained and with a long lifespan.

The Mies van der Rohe Award is the highest European distinction in architecture. The award is granted every two years by the European Union and was first awarded in 1987. The main objectives of the award are to distinguish and reward excellence in architecture and to draw attention to the major contribution by European professionals to the development of new ideas and technologies. The award was previously awarded to a.o. Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Alvaro Siza and Norman Foster.

Source: Dezeen

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