Take a look at the results of the latest design competition conducted in connection with the structure of London Olympic Games Information Pavilion, and you will know the world is not at all lacking in sustainable ideas. The mind blowing array of projects that extensively make use of recycled materials and solar power shows us how the world thinks green.
The international ideas competition was won by a group of architects from Portugal. The team won accolades with an Olympic rings-shaped pavilion that puts to play recycled steel. Also, self power sustainability plays an important element in the pavilion design, with solar panels installed on the roof to generate power to run the pavilion.
The runner ups and second runner ups were too exemplary, showing off their commitment to environment and sustainability by making use of cast-off materials and renewable energy as well.
Jose Carlos Cruz, Ines Guedes, Miguel Santos and Antonio Cruz formed the team that won the top slot in the competition. Their design outlines Olympic rings from the top view, and each ring is formed into rooms for the guests to shop, relax, or get a drink. Olympic colors are used on the rings in the building tops and a series of intersecting circular rooms use the recycled steel for built, and solar panels on top accounts for power source.
A French architecture team from OH!SOM architects won the second place by submitting a pavilion design comprising a series of floating balloons. Balloons have multiple purposes of broadcasting the games, generating solar power for night lighting, cleaning the air of CO2, and providing cool shade. The project also has provisions to advise users about recycled materials and trash.
The 3rd best in the pavilion architecture came from a US team from Dowling Duncan whose pavilion looked like an origami version of a track. The unique design able track and building below it to invite maximum daylighting and normal ventilation from air-cooled by the fountains. Proposing to make the track ground up from recycled running shoes, the design presented track as an interactive place to play.
The competition that was conducted purely for promoting conceptual designs, also sought “to encourage and reward design excellence at a small-scale which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the games, as well as encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.”
Sustainable ideas turn winners here. What do you feel?