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AZ Awards 2021 • Environmental Leadership
The finalists
Environmental Leadership
Are
Finalist
Project
SoLo
Location
Soo Valley, Canada
Firm
Perkins&Will, Canada
Summary
A stunning home overlooking British Columbia’s Soo Valley, SoLo represents an experiment in how to create environmentally sensitive single-family homes that are also strikingly beautiful. Crafted from warm Douglas fir, the mass timber prefab building even makes solar panels look great: A shimmering array of them lines the linear house’s facade.
Finalist
Project
Green Pea: Democratizing Sustainability
Location
Turin, Italy
Firms
Acc Naturale Architettura (Italy) and Negozio Blu Architetti Associati (Italy) with Associato Vigetti e Merlo (Italy)
Summary
Green Pea in Turin sells only environmentally friendly products — an ethos that its architecture embodies right down to the finest details. The shopping centre bursts with plant life, is made with only upcycled and recyclable materials and harnesses the kinetic energy of its shoppers. Commissioned by Eataly, the project injects a dose of altruism into consumerism.
And
Environmental Leadership
The Winner
+ The Peoples Choice
Is
Project
Green Pea: Democratizing Sustainability
Location
Turin, Italy
Firms
Acc Naturale Architettura (Italy) and Negozio Blu Architetti Associati (Italy) with Associato Vigetti e Merlo (Italy)
Cristiana Catino and Carlo Grometto: 2021 AZ Award Winners in Environmental Leadership
Presented By: Keilhauer

Green Pea in Turin sells only environmentally friendly products — an ethos that its architecture embodies right down to the finest details. The shopping centre bursts with plant life, is made with only upcycled and recyclable materials and harnesses the kinetic energy of its shoppers. Commissioned by Eataly, the project injects a dose of altruism into consumerism.

The five-floor, organically shaped structure is characterized by its trellislike wooden sunshade slats — made from storm-felled trees recovered from the forests of Trentino — which allow the building to breathe. This sense of openness is also articulated in the large cuts in the glass surfaces that flood the interior spaces with natural light. The external envelope is complemented by an internal shell made of wood-fibre-insulated solid wood panels covered in sheet metal and supported by a load-bearing stainless-steel frame. The entire assembly can be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere or completely recycled.

“This is a quite an interesting solution to urban sustainability issues.”
Barbara Bestor, AZ Awards 2021 Juror
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