Solčavsko awarded for sustainable construction in the Alps

Published: 10.10.2013

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Solčavsko awarded for sustainable construction in the Alps

Within the framework of the architectural competition ‘Constructive Alps’ at the end of August, for the second time in row, Switzerland and Liechtenstein awarded an international architectural award for sustainable restoration and construction in the Alps to the Rinka centre. Due to its incredible example of urban revitalization of degraded Alpine settlements, third place was awarded to Slovenia and its Rinka centre in the Solčavsko Region – a multipurpose Centre for sustainable development of the Solčavsko Region, known in the world for its Logarska Valley.

Solčavsko awarded for sustainable construction in the Alps

Within the framework of the architectural competition ‘Constructive Alps’ at the end of August, for the second time in row, Switzerland and Liechtenstein awarded an international architectural award for sustainable restoration and construction in the Alps to the Rinka centre. Due to its incredible example of urban revitalization of degraded Alpine settlements, third place was awarded to Slovenia and its Rinka centre in the Solčavsko Region – a multipurpose Centre for sustainable development of the Solčavsko Region, known in the world for its Logarska Valley.

A tender for the international architectural award for sustainable restoration and construction in the Alps – Constructive Alps, was opened by the Swiss Confederation through the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE). An award in the amount of 50,000 EUR was given to three architects and investors for their creations, recognized for their prudence and sensitivity of sustainable construction. Seven projects received acknowledgement. Around 400 projects from seven Alpine countries competed for the award.

First place was taken by the Salzkammergut Agricultural-Education Centre, Altmünster in Austria, second place by another Austrian project – the residential house of Katrin and Otto Brugger in Bartholomäberg, while third place was given to the Slovenian Rinka Centre – a multipurpose centre for the sustainable development of the Solčavsko Region (Solčavsko was awarded the title EDEN destiantion in Slovenia in 2009).

The jury described the Rinka Centre, which was placed third, as not having as high energy efficiency as the majority of other buildings; however, the jury could not overlook the project among 400 other projects, as it stood out in terms of quality in the spatial and social field. Moreover, it represents an extraordinary example of urban revitalisation of degraded Alpine settlements.

The explanation of the jury went on to say: `The building is an extraordinary example of the cultural strengthening of a settlement and is an exemplary example from an economic point of view. The building blends in perfectly and adds to its surrounding environment; moreover, it provides useful tourist services in this remote area as well as a socialising space for the locals. With this regard, we must also praise the local authorities. The use of materials is another proof of the knowledge, awareness and will of all participants.`

More information about the tender can be found on the website of the competition Constructive Alps.

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