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Author: Mirosław Rogula Published at: 10.06.2022 Last update: 13.06.2022


Among the global winners, Poles from the Silesian University of Technology.

Saint-Gobain awarded prizes in the 17th edition of the international competition for architecture students. Several hundred students from over 220 universities in 32 countries took part in it. Their task was to transform one of the districts of Warsaw. Five prizes were awarded in the competition, which went to the representatives of Finland, Latvia, Poland and Mexico.

In this year's edition of the competition, students were given the task of revitalizing the plot in the vicinity of the Warszawa Wschodnia railway station by designing the renovation of the old factory facility at Berka Joselewicza Street, as well as the design of a commercial dormitory located in this area. The proposed solutions had to be consistent
with the vision of climate-neutral Warsaw 2050 and the vision of the strategy # Warszawa2030.

The aim of the competition was to develop a design that will have a positive impact on both people and the planet. The designed buildings and solutions were to be highly energy-efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible, with low carbon dioxide emissions throughout the entire life cycle. At the same time, they were to contribute to the well-being of the inhabitants by creating healthy and comfortable living spaces.

The first prize was awarded to a team from Finland from the University of Oulu, composed of Marta Stewart and Kalle Oiva, who prepared the project under the supervision of teacher Petri Aarnio.

The second prize was won by a Latvian team from the Riga University of Technology. The authors of the project are Edgars Plocins, Rojs Rozentāls, and the content supervisor is Edgars Bondars.

The third prize was awarded to the team from Poland. Students of the Gliwice University of Technology - Grzegorz Staroń and Grzegorz Środa prepared their concept under the supervision of professor Andrzej Duda.

A team from Mexico received a special prize of this edition. Alon Shporen Tartakovski, Alejandro Gorshtein Czonstkowsky and Lucas Saldivar Cueto-Felgueroso, students of the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, prepared the competition entry under the supervision of Gerardo Velazquez Flores.
The student prize, awarded by other teams of students participating in the competition, was awarded to the Latvian team, winner of the second prize in the competition.

“I was impressed with the high-quality projects that students presented this year. Not only from an architectural perspective, but also in terms of integrating environmental and social challenges. The jury did not have an easy task in selecting the winners. I am very happy and proud that Saint-Gobain can give expression to this new generation of architects who, as we have seen, fully identify with our goal: "Make the world a better home" - Benoit Bazin, CEO of Saint-Gobain Group.
The award for the Polish team is not the first success in the history of this global competition. The winners of the 2019/20 Architecture Students Contest with the finals in Milan, Italy were Polish women - Anna Barwińska and Joanna Klimasz from the Silesian University of Technology, who, after winning it and defeating thousands of competitors from around the world, set up their own architectural studio.
Organized since 2004, the Architecture Students Contest is aimed mainly at students of architecture, engineering and design. It aims to increase students' knowledge of the implementation of projects based on the real needs of a district or city, while using Saint-Gobain's approach to sustainable construction in order to create a living space that is friendly to our planet and ensures the well-being of residents. For the first time, students also had the chance to calculate the environmental impact of their projects using the life cycle analysis tool provided by our partner OneCLickLA.

Saint-Gobain, a world leader in lightweight and sustainable construction, creates, produces and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial market. Integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and decarbonisation of construction and industry are developed in a process of continuous innovation and ensure sustainability and efficiency. The Group's commitment is expressed in its primary purpose: "MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME".

Sales value in 2021: EUR 44.2 billion.
166,000 employees in 75 countries.
The company has made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050.

More information about Saint-Gobain can be found on our website: www.saint-gobain.com
and by following our Twitter profile @saintgobain
Additional information
Anna Przybysz, Icon Strategies, +48 609 373 405, a.przybysz@iconstrategies.pl
Patricia Marie: +33 1 88 54 26 83 / Susanne Trabitzsch: +33 1 88 54 26 83


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