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St Helena : B.A.T WINS ST HELENA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING COMPETITION
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.05.2013 (Article Archived on 02.06.2013)

One of the top 20 young architecture practices of Spain has won the opportunity to develop a new generation of homes for St Helena. A jury of local residents decided to award BILBOKO ARKITEKTURA TALDEA (Bilbao Architecture Team) the first prize for a number of reasons.





B.A.T WINS ST HELENA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING
COMPETITION



 



One of the top 20 young
architecture practices of Spain has won the opportunity to develop a new
generation of homes for St Helena. A jury of local residents decided to award
BILBOKO ARKITEKTURA TALDEA (Bilbao Architecture Team) the first prize for a
number of reasons.



 



Among the public comments about
the winning project ‘Giving Identity’ – entries included:



‘it makes
the most of the island’s natural attributes and scenery’




‘wonderful – would fit well with the island’



‘bamboo
and use of rock is outstanding’



‘I like
the shape, the use of local resources, the recognition of the community
environment and the integrated understanding of Saint Helena’



‘sense of
light, space and community’



‘a really
nice design and could be sold on the island’



 



‘a well
thought out design….. which I feel suits St Helena, especially the use of
bamboo, which grows wild around my area….the research shows they know what they
are talking about and have used a sustainable way to design housing; ‘it uses
natural materials, saves energy ... and the resources can be found here’



 



‘BAT had have really
researched the Island’s climate and its geology’
according
to Acting Governor Owen O’Sullivan ‘The arguments made in favour of the
design material were very powerful and it could offer St Helena a long term
source of industry and employment. The design will appeal equally to low income
and more affluent residents and is very adaptable to the demands of different
households. But most of all it was the public reaction to the exhibition of the
finalists which was entirely positive.’



 



While giant bamboo already grows
on St Helena, SHG needs to work out how much additional land may be needed. At
the same time a bamboo processing micro industry needs to be set up. The
Government and Enterprise St Helena are therefore keen to work with investors
and businesses to make this happen. Anyone who wants to invest in a sustainable
future for the Island should contact Andy Crowe via his email:
andy-crowe@enrd.gov.sh



 



Second place went to London based
practice Charabanc. The judges were impressed by the emphasis on community
living and promotion of gabion construction. The green spaces and pedestrian
walkway were also praised. Another young London practice, Imaginary Rock, won
the third place in the competition. The jury were impressed by the same mix of
volcanic rock foundations and bamboo as suggested by BAT and a ‘climatic
shading skin’ which uses climbing plants to create shade.



 



Kirsty Joshua, of ESH Business
Services, who was on the panel, said: “Taking into account the demand for
housing on Island in the future, the winning concept - ‘Giving Identity’ - was
the jury’s preferred design. It demonstrated forward thinking , originality,
ease of build and flexibility in terms of family requirements.”



 



 



The winning designs are to be
displayed this September in London and Birmingham, where the winners will
receive their awards.



SHG



8 May 2013



 

 

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