The venerable Holcim Foundation has awarded Sitra's office building design an acknowledgement prize! Congratulations to Sauerbruch Hutton Architects (as main authors), Arup and Experientia! The Holcim Jury recognized the multi-story timber office design as being exceptional and the low-to-no carbon emissions principle as a significant contribution to sustainable development.
The Jury statement read: In terms of its construction and program, the office building is commended by the jury for achieving the aspired principles of transferability, transparency and inventiveness. All of the construction, even the cores and the prefab façade panels will be entirely in Finnish timber – globally an innovation for a 26m high 6-storey office building. Beyond these measures, the project has a successful holistic approach towards its design, connecting social, ecological, aesthetic and economical demands on a high level and it is thus an outstanding example of how sustainable architecture can be achieved on a larger scale. More in the award report here.
We hope that this award will help raise the profile of timber construction and an integrated design approach here in Finland.