Winners of this year's perFORM Building Design competition have been announced, with the best entries showcasing a wide array of active and passive sustainable strategies. The competition, which called for students and interns to design a zero energy, mixed use, multifamily building in Portland, Oregon, is dedicated to exploring the combination of high-performance building with high design.
The winning entry, entitled “3 Green Bars Building”, has strong urban and environmental components. The designers examined energy use in typically developments and used that information to rethink spatial adjacencies and programmatic requirements to reduce the energy footprint. Students of the University of Cincinnati designed the project to maximize lighting and domestic hot water energy efficiency and created a shared kitchen, dining and laundry as a way to reduce energy consumption by 30%. The footprint also helps to promote social interaction. The jury saw this design as the most applicable and realistic among the entries.
The first runner-up is a design by students of the California State Polytechnic University Pomona, who focused their design on the idea of community living rooms that form domestic places and community connections. The second runner-up entry, submitted by a group from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, focuses on “responding to these two different types of housing context (urban and residential) by combining advantages from each”.