• T. Buache and G. Massard © Christian Brun / EPFL
    Art in a WWTP for the BG Construction and Sustainable Development Prize
  • G. Massard © Christian Brun / EPFL
    Art in a WWTP for the BG Construction and Sustainable Development Prize

Art in a WWTP for the BG Construction and Sustainable Development Prize

Published on 31.10.2017

Each year, the BG Construction and Sustainable Development Prize is awarded to an EPFL master's candidate in Architecture whose thesis makes a significant contribution to construction in the field of sustainable development, integrating environmental, economic and social issues.

This year, the jury composed of BG's Building Division Director Pierre Epars and Professors Paolo Tombesi, Luca Pattaroni and Philippe Thalmann unanimously decided to reward Thierry Buache's project, entitled “Aïre WWTP: new venue for artistic creation and diffusion in Geneva”. Guillaume Massard, head of BG's Territorial Energy Planning Unit, presented him with his prize at the EPFL Graduation Day on October 7.

Thierry Buache’s project focused on two abandoned buildings located on the industrial site of the Aïre wastewater treatment plant in Geneva. His plan calls for converting the buildings into a venue for the creation and diffusion of art. Because the buildings have an industrial history, the jury appreciated the fact that the candidate used materials and architectural designs that preserve this link to the past. In addition, the concepts of energy and mobility feature prominently in the project, which includes combined heat and power generation using the biogas produced by the WWTP, as well as green mobility options (access by boat and public transport), which are completely feasible and realistic. The candidate also addressed the financial aspects and proposed alternative financing.

The jury was impressed by this very comprehensive and thorough project in terms of heritage conservation, building reuse as well as energy and mobility concepts.

 

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