25 Jul '11, 9am

Architectural Awards for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Architectural Awards for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Velodrome deserves an Olympic Gold for sustainability. The outside is clad in 5,000 M2 of Western Red Cedar timber to draw a parallel with the timber track inside the venue. It is perforated to allow cooling of the interior. Strategically placed roof windows reduce the need for artificial lighting. Natural ventilation is achieved through openings in the external timber cladding of the venue resulting in substantial carbon emission reductions. Air flows across the 6,000 stands of seats and through the top, being replaced by cool, fresh air from below. Two of the other candidates are retro-fitted buildings, perhaps reflecting the austerity measures being taken in the face of the UK economy. The Angel building was stripped back to its frame and re-built as a speculative office building. Photo: flickr/heatheronhertravels The 1932 Royal Shakespeare Theatre was intended to b...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/architectural-awa...

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