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Sustainability and excellence in architecture

Until 31 January 2018

The European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has set itself the goal for 2020 that all buildings feature “nearly-zero energy consumption”. Even though they are not polar opposites, energy efficiency (sustainability) is not normally associated with excellence. Excellence does not imply excess but care, detail and the utmost quality, which is only achieved through the use of the best materials and concern with research applied to all fields of design. Energy efficiency is one of those research fields, an increasingly valued one given that being sustainable is an indicator of quality.

Such thoughts led José Miguel Simón, director of the “Iconno” interior design space and showroom, Eurico Almeida, architect and director of international expansion of PanoramAH! and the German home automation firm Jung to organise the photographic exhibition “Sustainability and Excellence. The new key factors in architecture and design”. 

The exhibition features 13 projects of different typologies—art centres, campuses, business sites, housing blocks, etc.—that have close links to the concepts of sustainability and excellence, such as the Tobogán House by 9Z4Z4 AAA, the Blue Building by Rafael de La-Hoz, the Botín Centre by Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Luis Vidal Architects, and the new Norvento headquarters by Patxi Mangado.

Until 31 January 2018


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