Fourth Holcim Awards

121 The construction materials village at the Vergotedok in the Port of Brussels is an illustration of sustainable urban logistics. By distributing construction materials to the city and collecting construction waste from the city, the village functions as an important logistics and distribution hub between port and city. Rather than purchasing an eco-label as an individual building, the village is part of a larger urban ecosystem. The modular and hierarchical structure of the warehouses makes the architecture receptive to different programmatic demands of various conces- sion holders; for example the rainwater collected on the large roof and the energy produced can be put to the service of the ready-mix concrete plant on site and serve future developments in the surrounding neighborhood. Pictured project authors: Lieven De Groote, Ana Castillo, Annekatrien Verdickt and Jan Terwecoren, TETRA architecten, Brussels, Belgium. Not pictured: Bjorn Gielen, Landinzicht, Brussels, Belgium; Henk Pijpaert, Henk Pijpaert Engineering, Oudenaarde, Belgium; Studieburo Mouton, Gent, Belgium. Project appraisal by Holcim Awards jury Europe The jury considers the strength of the pro- ject to lie in its objective to situate architec- ture – as node or relay – within a dynamic, metabolic system of material flows in the midst of a city environment. Addressing an important missing link in the material life-cycle management of the contemporary urban realm, understood as an eco-system, the design proposal aims to apply sustain- ability principles to the construction of infrastructure.

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