Multicomfort house student contest

"Sun Shade", from Latvia, wins the International Architectural Contest MultiComfort House for Students, organized for Saint-Gobain

The award-winning project, by Aiva Dorbe and Laura Kalnina, designs a green belt around two blocks with different exploitation of sunlight. 

Saint-Gobain has delivered today the prizes of the MultiComfort House Competition for Student of Architecture, an international meeting that this year has taken place in Madrid and reached its 13th edition. More than 100 Schools of Architecture and Building Sciences have participated from 30 countries. The event, which was held at the Crystal Gallery-Palacio de Cibeles, has been attended by about 250 people, including students, teachers, architects and authorities
Mayor of Madrid City Council, Manuela Carmena; The President-General of Saint-Gobain, Pierre-André de Chalendar, and the Delegate General of Saint-Gobain for the Mediterranean Region, Gianni Scotti and the French ambassador in Spain, Yves Saint-Geours, were present at the awarding ceremony.
The delegate general of Saint-Gobain of the Mediterranean thanked the work done to integrate the rehabilitation strategies in force in Madrid. Saint-Gobain's president and CEO stressed that sustainability is "at the heart of the Group's strategy" and stressed Saint-Gobain's priority to "listen to our customers and respond to their current needs in anticipation of the future."

The event ended with the intervention of the Mayor of Madrid, who emphasized his importance with these words: "In this contest the professional careers of many architects have been measured to make better cities and a better world. They have demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainability".

 Winners of the contest

The winning project of the International MultiComfort architecture competition for students has been "Sun Shade", by Aiva Dorbe y Lauma Kalnina, from Latvia. They have presented a Project that designs a Green belt around the two edification blocks with differents exploitation of the sunlight due to its position and orientation. The Major of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, and the president and general director of Saint-Gobain, Pierre-André de Chalendar have done the delivery of the award.


The second prize went to a project from Ukraine, led by Alina Holovatiuk, with a project to harmonize residential and public spaces. Gianni Scotti, delegate general of Saint-Gobain of the Mediterranean Region, and Pilar Pereda, adviser to the Town Planning Department of the Madrid City Council, presented this award.


The third prize was given to an Estonian project, presented by Annika Laidroo and Priit Rannik, which offers cubic solutions to the overheating of facades.


An honorable mention has also been given to the project, which is more in line with the criteria of the MAD-RE Plan, which has fallen to Ema Kiabová and Roman Ruhig, from Slovakia, for their ideas for Colonia Pegaso.


Finally, a prize has been awarded that has been chosen by the students. The winner was presented by Laura Ivane and Inese Gusta from Latvia.
This initiative, which has been coordinated by the Insulation activity of Saint-Gobain, Isover, has the collaboration of the Sustainable Urban Development Area of the Madrid City Council and the San Blas Area. The participants have designed their projects for the urban regeneration of a community within the perimeter of the Gran San Blas area of Madrid, following the MultiComfort House criterion of Saint-Gobain. That is, taking into account that it is sustainable (including environmental, economic and social factors), that provides high thermal comfort, offering excellent acoustic comfort, visual comfort, indoor air quality, and fire and safety protection. In addition, they have also had to respect the MAD-RE (Madrid Recupera) plan established by the Town Planning Area of the Madrid City Council.