Holcim Gold Award winners from Venezuela: Maria Ines Pocaterra, Victor Eduardo Gastier, Silvia Soonets, and Isabel Cecelia Pocaterra
Holcim Gold Award winners from Venezuela: Maria Ines Pocaterra, Victor Eduardo Gastier, Silvia Soonets, and Isabel Cecelia Pocaterra
Holcim awarded one million dollars in prize money to the best sustainable construction projects entered in the first global Holcim Awards competition. Joint winners of the Holcim Awards Gold were an urban integration project in Caracas, Venezuela, and the design for a new main railway station in Stuttgart, Germany. Each received $300,000.

The winners were selected from 15 finalists from all continents, following five regional competitions with more than 3000 submissions from 118 countries. The Silver award went to a regional masterplan and renewal strategy for the Mulini Valley near Amalfi and Scala, Italy. A low-cost housing and urban renewal project in Montreal, Canada, won the Bronze.

The competition was launched by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in collaboration with five of the world's leading technical universities in 2004.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and head of the

Holcim Gold Award winners from Germany: Peter Pistorius, Christoph Ingenhoven, and Heinrich Schumacher
Holcim Gold Award winners from Germany: Peter Pistorius, Christoph Ingenhoven, and Heinrich Schumacher

Holcim Awards jury, Adèle Naudé Santos (USA), said, “Although engaged with intrinsically different cultural challenges, and therefore subject to different possibilities, both projects were considered by the jury to be equal in their embodiment of the aspirations of the Holcim Awards,” she said.

In April next year, a three-day Holcim Forum dedicated to the theme of urban transformation and seeking to promote academic discourse on sustainable construction will be hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai, China.