The Monthly European Architectural Newsletter - January 2014
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Eco Vision

When the second edition of the Archi-World Academy Awards is now aking off, the vision of a sustainable architecture can’t be overlooked. The jury members Mario Cucinella, Paul de Ruiter, Thomas Herzog, in particular, consider this approach as their leitmotiv. Master the energy needs, reasonably manage the natural resources, including the building maintenance, whilst preserving life quality: all these parameters are part of (almost) all the architectural projects. And also, recently, everywhere in the world. Every day a competition, new real estate projects or new buildings are referring to these themes. Some examples among others, the renovation of Brasilia’s Mané Garrincha Stadium for the 2014 World Cup, which will be the first stadium in the world fully energy self-sufficient, thanks to a ring of solar captors, or the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town project (SST) proposed by Panasonic, Accenture and seven other companies near Tokyo. This residential and ecological town project will abundantly use solar energy. Or again, the international competition to build a bioclimatic European school in Creta, won by the Greek team EuZen architecture. Based on a succession of patios, where thermal comfort comes from shade and natural ventilation, the concept associates the Cretan traditional construction techniques (rough stone and rammed earth) with the twenty first century technologies and needs. A bioclimatic building is not a recent idea. Already in 1974, Ken Yeang proposes an innovative theory on « green design » which is then a young discipline. When, at that moment, more and more high buildings were constructed, the Malaysian architect tried to find the best way to conciliate verticality and bioclimatics. During his two decade long career, he has drawn about 200 ecological projects from London to Dubai, finding regrettable the difficulty to put ecology in the heart of the building industry, in emerging countries. Rediscovering the construction principles, which permitted the builders, in former times, to compose with the climate, the today’s bioclimatic architecture searches for a balance between the design and the building, the climate and the environment, the inhabitants’ life styles and rhythms.

The Archi-Europe team

Portrait of the month

1) Paul de Ruiter

2) Villa Kogelhof

3) Hotel Amstelkwartier

4) De Vlascherm

5) UPC Leeuwarden

6) TransPort

7) Bijlmer Parktheatre

8) Avery Dennison Corporation
Paul de Ruiter

Paul de Ruiter Architects is one of the most sustainable architecture offices in Europe. From its very start in the nineties, the firm has been pioneering the realms of sustainability and ever since it has been a great advocate and practitioner of energy saving architectural design.

Two years after having completed his studies at the Delft Technical University (Netherlands) in 1990, Paul de Ruiter (born in 1962) started his research concerning energy efficient buildings. Before opening his own office in 1994, he worked with the greatest architects in Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. The building as a source of energy is portrayed in his doctoral « The Chameleon Skin ». The most important hypothesis was that in a near future, buildings should become energy producers instead of energy consumers. Today this hypothesis is more relevant than ever before and with modern technology, it is also within reach. More than that, buildings can be made entirely self-sufficient, where they can operate independently from the regular supply of electricity and water.

The practice of Paul de Ruiter Architects designs buildings and cities in which people must feel well and secure, without detriment to the environment and the economic viability. Architecture must favour people and mankind, which is the real basis of efficient innovation. « We work from the principle that research and innovation are necessary to create buildings that are not only aesthetically beautiful but also energy saving, sustainable, healthy and - not to forget - pleasurable to be in. In all our projects we strive for the highest sustainable standards in regards to: limiting energy, water use, pollution and waste, while improving health, wellbeing, ecology and management processes. Consequently, we are experienced in meeting high standards of leading sustainability certificates like BREEAM and LEED »

Among the myriad of projects from residential projects to large developments - university buildings (Erasmus University), theatres (Bijlmerparktheatre), office buildings (headquarters for TNT, UPC, Sigmax, Fluor), underground carparks (Museumpark, Veranda carpark) and civil works (dikes and bridges) - which are the constant principles in all these very diversified projects in terms of scales, specificities and materials? Create energy savings and sustainable buildings with an important architectonic quality. « As architects, we are always aware of the sun and the orientation of a building in its surroundings. Daylight is so evident that it is hardly talked about. However, too little attention is paid to the total combination of daylight, heat, energy and sustainability, the value of daylight for people’s health and the possibility of taking advantage of the sun.

In today’s complex world the architect should operate as a spatial analyst: he or she should have a keen eye on design and needs to cooperate with every other discipline in order to achieve the best possible building projects. And, at the same time, be aware of the environment. For example, a Green Lease Contract is an excellent method to make sure all the parties will lay down contractually binding agreements for achieving a building’s energy-saving and environmental objectives. I believe that human inventiveness and creativity can solve present and future problems in the world. For me, this means that I feel I have the capacity and therefore also the responsibility to make the world better, and this is the main driving force in my work. Architecture serves people and humanity is my opinion: I would love to see this more reflected in contemporary architecture.»

1) Paul de Ruiter
© Bowie Verschuuren

2) Villa Kogelhof (Zélande, NL) 2013
The main idea behind the architecture of the villa is that it should be nonintrusive on the environment. Therefore a large portion of the house, with spaces like the parking garage, where places into the earth, readable by the pond above the volume. The living area in contrast is hovering rectangular above the underground volume, in a glass box in the air, minimizing the footprint on the ecological area but maximizing the view on the natural surroundings and the North Sea.
© Jeroen Musch

3) Hotel Amstelkwartier, Amsterdam 2014
This hotel will be a highly sustainable four-star-plus hotel on the Amstel river banks with more than 300 rooms all foreseen with every luxury and comfort, designed with the Mulderblauw Architects office, without causing a negative impact on our planet. The primary focus for achieving this is to close every possible cycle in the fields of energy, waste, water and the use of materials. The goal is to realize the first LEED Platinum hotel of Europe.
© Paul de Ruiter Architects & Mulderblauw Architects

4) De Vlascherm, Amsterdam 2009
New sustainable office building on Valschermkade, installed in a former steel workshop and entirely renovated and transformed into a new multi-business building for creative enterprises. This building is characterized by sustainability, daylight and flexibility. The building has ultra-sustainable installations and an intelligent exterior following the sun’s movements. This building literally and figuratively gives energy.
© Pieter Kers

5) UPC Leeuwarden 2011
With this building, UPC wants to offer its staff a qualitatively better work place, easy to reach by car and public transport, with a healthy climate inside, intelligent and flexible use of space and the availability of relaxation and concentration areas. Thanks to the exterior quality of the building, but even more to the building’s internal functions.
© Pieter Kers

6) TransPort, Amsterdam 2010
New head-office of Transavia and Martinair in Schiphol, this sustainable building was designed with a focus on an optimum communicative image and interaction with its environment. It is the first building in the Netherlands to gain LEED Platinum and BREEAM NL – Very Good certification with respect to its sustainability. The design of the building allows intelligent use of the sun and the daylight, which improves the interior climate and saves energy.
© Pieter Kers

7) Bijlmer Parktheatre, Amsterdam 2009
With an elliptical and dynamic shape, this multifunctional building combines on the façade wooden slats and vertical aluminium strips placed against the steel and glass sections of the façade. Its outside aspect varies permanently. During the day, the striking shape of the building makes it clearly recognizable, while during the night it is an urban signal with its colour, which can be altered to fit the occasion.
© Pieter Kers

8) Avery Dennison Corporation, Amsterdam 2014
Focused on the maximization of the work environment, this building is particularly compact and climatically efficient. It complies with the criteria of the BREEAM certification “Very Good” thanks to the energy savings (heat resistant glazing, green roof, central atrium).
© Paul de Ruiter Architects
Project of the month

© Brad Feinknopf

© David Matthiessen
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
University of Baltimore

Arch. Behnisch Architekten with Ayers Saint Gross

Creating a strong signal and quite noticeable in its environment, this new building is the first opportunity for the Baltimore University to demonstrate on a large scale its intention to continue its strategies to fight global climate warming.

The architect Stefan Behnisch, of the architecture studio Behnisch Architekten, is the winner or the Energy Performance + Architecture Award (Interclima + Elec, November 2013, Paris). Among all his projects showing his commitment to sustainable architecture, we have selected the Baltimore University Law School, finished in May 2013.

The building, uniting for the first time under the same roof classrooms, professors’ offices, administrative spaces and a law library, cleverly maximizes the interior spaces in relation to their function and occupation. It captures inside a maximum of natural light, keeps and reuses water resources and proposes an efficient and flexible façade to comply with all these objectives. It also commits the community when offering spaces connecting people between each other and also to the life cycles (light, air, water).

The building’s form consists of three interlocking L-shaped volumes, which articulate the functions of the building program – classrooms, offices, law library. The administrative volume includes a legal clinic for the students, the professors and the local lawyers. Rising up through the heart of the building, a narrow atrium - a « green stalk » says the architect – connects the three volumes and includes a welcome hall, cafés and lounges.

Foreseen to obtain the Platine LEED certification, the building uses a number of closely integrated strategies to achieve energy cost savings of 43% compared to a traditional building. The climate concept responds both to varying programmatic requirements and to Baltimore’s climatic specificities: humid summers and moderate winters.
Products of the month

© Paul Kozlowski

ARMSTRONG gets involved into the construction of the Technical and Hotel Management High School in Monaco

Realized by the architects Rainer Boisson (designer) and Alexis Blanchi, both members of the Monaco Architects Association, the Technical and Hotel Management High School is, by the architects will, a 20000 sqm building, resolutely contemporary and ”sustainable”, in contrast with the urban and mineral surrounding landscape.

Thanks to a reflection carried out beforehand, they were able to propose a project with a High Environmental Quality (HQE in French) approach, and a slender and transparent interpretation. Draped with glass, and with a large atrium breaking through reducing the floor impact, this crystalline building proposes a natural zenithal lighting to the 9 stories, open on the walkways. Full of natural light, the building will use little artificial light, which will increase the resident’s wellbeing and permit important energy costs savings.

Expert in ceiling solutions for sustainable buildings, ARMSTRONG participates to the HQE approach of this school. The group of products proposed guarantees visual and acoustical comfort as well as the interior air quality for the occupants. From design to choice of materials, as well as production and logistics, the manufacturer supplies ceilings reducing the environmental impact.

Maximize the classrooms acoustics, comply with the restaurant and kitchen hygienic norms, find original aesthetics for the circulation, organize the students security and the technical maintenance services, participate to the building’s energy performance…are all essential matters relating to the school’s management. The ceiling solutions proposed are the result of the constructive dialog between the team Armstrong Workshop and the architect Rainier Boisson with:

1400 sqm of CANOPY CONCAVE and CONVEX tailor-made METAL for the principal circulations, enclosing the various technical networks and maximizing the ceiling heights.

1600 sqm of AXAL VECTOR METAL in the restaurant areas and side walkways, to reduce the daily noises during the class breaks and the lunchtime pauses.

3000 sqm of ULTIMA VECTOR in the classrooms, to limit echo, their mineral fiber which absorbs resonance, maximizes the understandability of exchanges and the students’ concentration.

2 400 sqm of METAL CLIP-IN in the practical work classes and kitchens.
Where a high level hygiene is required, Armstrong has supplied a clipped slab which protects against bio-contanimation. An unique solution now made available. Its BIOGUARD paint limits dust and micro-organism accumulation and prevents development of bacteria, mildew and yeast.

Events in the spotlight

Ecobuild 2014, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment.

SEE the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build and refurbishment of residential, commercial and industrial projects
NETWORK with industry professionals, clients and suppliers from around the world
GET INVOLVED in a more sustainable built environment with the leading industry voices in our thought provoking conference
LEARN from over 600 of the most innovative and influential practitioners with our seminar programme
MEET the people you want to meet before, during and after Ecobuild's via our online communities on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook
BE SEEN and raise your profile, meet and network with the world's leading industry press

For more information visit
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MosBuild 2014 - 1-4 and 15-18 April 2014

MosBuild is the largest annual construction exhibition in Europe with 'UFI Approved Event' status and one of the five largest in the world.

In 2013, MosBuild brought together 2309 exhibitors from 43 countries and 174 249 visits in area of 150 000 m2.

In April 2014, the exhibition will be staged for the 20th time.
MosBuild 2014 will comprise three major sectors:
* The Building & Interiors sector
* The Fenestration sector
* The Cersanex sector

For more information visit
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The fourth edition of INGLASS International Architecture Conference will take place in Warsaw on February 4, 2014. INGLASS is about glass and glass construction, architecture and engineering, facade systems, energy efficiency and sustainability.

INGLASS 2014 is addressed to architects, engineers, glass producers, glass processors, equipment providers and end-users.

This year’s topic is "glass architecture and engineering".

INGLASS presents the latest applications of glass in architecture, examples of best practice and architectural projects that bring out the importance of glass.

Internationally renowned architects, awarded for their recent and most representative projects for the built environment and leading companies in the glass industry will present solutions, products and state-of-the-art technologies.

More about INGLASS Warsaw 2014:
Competitions in the spotlight


We are happy to announce you that Piscine Global and Archi-Europe launch the second edition of the international award for Pool & Spa architecture: Pool Vision.

private pools
public/hotel pools

For this edition we are inviting participants from the Middle East and Asia to participate actively as there will be a separate awarding ceremony for Abu Dhabi projects on the exhibition PME in April 2014.

Principle and aim:
Pool Vision 2014 will select and award prizes to outstanding swimming pool projects from around the world, judging them from the technical and aesthetic standpoints, water treatment, coverings, accessories, spas, etc...

Registration deadline Middle East: 28/02/2014
Registration deadline Asia & Pool Vision global: 31/07/2014

More about POOLVISION 2014:
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Archi-World® Academy 2013-2015

After the extraordinary success of the first edition 2011/1013 (Archi-World® Academy registered 1287 entries coming from all parts of the world!) and the magnificent awarding ceremony in Munich on 16 January 2013 with top architects, Archi-World Academy Awards 2 is now on track!

This second edition of the Archi-World® Academy Awards will again involve students in architecture and architecture schools from all over the world that will have the opportunity to upload their project in a new topic: Architecture for tomorrow! It will give to 12 winning students the chance to win a prestigious traineeship in top architecture practices!

Archi-World® Academy is proud to announce you the new jury members of this second edition: Roger Duffy (United States) - Philippe Samyn (Belgium) - Ibrahim Jaidah (Qatar) - Yves Besançon (Chile) - Thomas Herzog (Germany) - Mario Cucinella (Italy) - Andrey Asadov (Russia) - Paul de Ruiter (Netherlands) - Madhav Raman (India) - Fernando Romero (Mexico) - Peter Stutchbury (Austria) - Juan Manuel Herranz (Spain)

Registration deadline: 30 September 2014.

Click here to register!
Click here for more information about this competition
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A competition for young architects

MosBuild the international building and interiors event from Russia, is proud to introduce an international award for young architects and architectural students. The competition is organized by ITE Group together with the international community of architects Archi-Europe. The jury comprises renowned international and Russian architects, prominent public figures, and representatives of various communities and associations.

The competition has two categories:

Best architectural solution for creating an accessible environment
Best sustainable architecture project

Registration deadline: 7 March 2014

Click here to register!
Click here for more information about this competition
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First InnoMatnet competition on the use of Sustainable Materials in building industry

The competition is open to practitioners, (architects, engineers, material designers) based in Europe.


Using Innovative Materials
Rediscovering Traditional Materials
Working with Recycled Materials

Deadline: 31 May 2014

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