Green Building FrankfurtRhineMain: Architecture Award for Sustainable Construction

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Innovative, creative and sustainable - these three properties characterize the winners of the Green Building Award. With the architecture prize “Green Building FrankfurtRhineMain” the Cities of Frankfurt and Darmstadt and the regional association appreciate pioneer sustainable construction.

Every two years energy efficient houses, school buidlings or office buildings of the Rhine-Main-Region can take part in the competition. An expert jury decides about the winners. The focus of evaluation is on innovative energy concepts, sustainable use of buildings and an attractive design. All winning projects demonstrate that energy efficiency and sustainability are compatible with expressive design and ease of use.

Here are the winners af 2011:

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Campo Bornheim
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Campo Bornheim, Frankfurt am Main

In the category of residential new buildings, the group of buildings Campo in Bornheim was priced. The jury praised the building in passive house standard as a successful redensification because it exemplary integrates into the existing buildings and offers an attractive lounge area with its interior courtyard. Especially the wooden façade does justice to the sustained demand. The jury also welcomed that the tram depot has been preserved and a supermarket was scheduled for local supply.

The OpusHouse, Darmstadt

The residential and office building "Opus-house" in Darmstadt was awarded in two categories: non-residential new construction and residential building restoration. In this construction project, an empty site was closed on the one hand and a historical building was reconstructed and increased on the other hand. The increase consists of a historicizing second floor and a contemporary styled loft. The street façade and the courtyard were insulated during this renovation. The only reason why it was able to plan this entire house as a passive house is due to the fact that the all-glass façade has a particularly good energy quality. The entire roof design was coordinated with the cultural heritage preservation because the double-pitched roof with its east-west orientation provides the opportunity to use solar technology for both roofs. The solar technology itself fits unobtrusively as a homogeneous roof area into the surrounding landscape of slate roof and a metal cover.

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Michael Grzimek Schule
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Michael-Grzimek-School, Frankfurt am Main

The Michael-Grzimek-School in Frankfurt received an award in the category of non-residential newly constructed building. According to the jury, the conversion of the school has upgraded the entire district since the court is also available for free time activities outside of school time. The building itself features high quality design. The arrangement of the class rooms with windows on two sides ensures natural lighting and ventilation. With a suitable use this can achieve favorable year-round energy consumptions and a good indoor climate. During the renovation process, partial components of the former construction were reused and renewable raw materials, such as elements of larch wood on the façade, were used.

The gray house in Oberursel

Likewise in the category of residential new buildings, the "Grey House" in Oberursel was priced. The building is a detached house in the passive house standard. The design takes references to the historic buildings of the area, but in a humble yet independent way. Although the Grey house is built on a small footprint, it seems generous on the inside. "In its creative and technical reduction, the house exemplarily illustrates the opportunity to realize sustainable construction without greater economic additional costs”, the jury believes.