19 February 2010
19 February 2010
A modular design that uses composite material to build a house has been selected as the winner of this year’s ABMACO Architecture Award.
Sergio Tempel, the architecture student behind the design, will have his project transformed into ABMACO’s stand at the 18th International Construction Industry Fair (FEICON), an event that takes place from April 6th to 10th, in São Paulo.
Tempel’s house design uses a mixture of translucent resins and fibreglass sheets to take advantage of daylight, as well as composites panels to capture solar energy. “The walls, in turn, provide better thermal and acoustic comfort, which reduces energy consumption”, said Erika Bernardino, marketing manager of ABMACO.
The house also has a water recycling system made entirely of composites. “We also reserved a room to show a few products that are part of our daily routine, but that we often don’t know what they are made of”.
Denyson Barone, partner of the Brazilian Composite Materials Association, selected this project as the winner. ""The most impressive was the modular concept of the project, with a fast implementation speed, plus the successful combination between boldness and functionality”, said Barone.
The prize for the winning architect was € 1,000 and a trip for two to Paris, to attend JEC Composites (April/13-15).
Second prize went to Dênis Joelson, also an architecture student from Escola da Cidade, who will receive R$ 3.000 (US$ 1,600).
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