The top three teams will receive up to £1,000 and an invite to compete in the seventh international final in Prague between 18th and 21st May. First prize is €1,500.
Manhattan Sky Podium: a design which aims to connect Greenwich South with its surroundings through a series of elevated pedestrian routes which meet to form a green podium in the sky.
Social Tower Experiment: a tower which breaks through the social isolation of typical skyscrapers, proposing a new, vertical street lifestyle to foster communities and social interaction at height.
The Green Ramp: a design which aims to integrate Lower Manhattan’s green spaces into the city fabric with a building which forms a ramp from Battery Park to the Greenwich South site, culminating in a Passive House skyscraper.
Solar Slice: a tapered tower which evolved through consideration of New York’s sun paths, it respects the solar rights of the existing ’88 Greenwich Street’ tower to the north of the site by carving a huge slice out of its mass.
Green Canyons: a prototype to reconnect the city of Manhattan and achieve a cohesive identity to counter the depleting quality of life in vertical urban sprawl.
Green Tower: a design established around the concept of contemporary creativity which takes into consideration the forms of surrounding towers and icons such as the Statue of Liberty.
Windgate: a tower which aims to make maximum use of wind energy harvesting while also utilising the building design to form a new gateway into Manhattan.
Vertical Sunspace Tower: taking inspiration from the Denby Dale Passivhaus, this design features a series of stacked, south facing sunspaces to maximise passive solar gain, daylight penetration and to create social spaces at height in the city.
Stacey Davis, marketing director for Isover, said: “We would like to thank all student teams who have taken the time to enter this year’s competition. The standard was high, so selecting our shortlist was not easy. However, our expert judging panel has a wealth of expertise in Passive House principles and sustainable building, so we are confident that our winners will have what it takes to compete in the international final.”
The full shortlist can be viewed online and scale models and posters will be on display in the Passive House Zone at Ecobuild.
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