MT. VERNON, IOWA - The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) - a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method - has announced the winners of The Concrete Classroom 2010, an international design competition. Winners were announced at the TCA Annual Winter Meeting, which is held in conjunction with World of Concrete, in Las Vegas on Jan. 20, 2011.
Graduate and undergraduate students in the field of architecture were invited to present conceptual designs for a new education and training facility for a state concrete association, specifically designed with emphasis on the practical sustainability using site-cast Tilt-Up concrete panels. The competition was an international, open, single-stage ideas competition.
"The competition attracted a record number of entries from across the globe. The submitted designs were extremely diverse and demonstrated a great deal of ingenuity and creativity," Mitch Bloomquist, project manager for the TCA said, "promising an exciting future for the Tilt-Up industry."
Entries were received from several colleges and universities. Two University of Malaya students won first place, a student from the University of Houston received second place and two students from Alfred State College earned third place. Two submittals from two-person teams at Alfred State College received honorable mention distinctions.
Judges this year included four registered architects from across the country including two of the leading design professionals in the industry, a registered architect from the TCA staff, and the architect-of-record for the future concrete classroom. The panel of judges also included a representative from the Tennessee Concrete Association for which the facility is being planned. The following criteria were used to evaluate the submittals:
- Creative/Aesthetic use of Tilt-Up concrete in the design solution
- Tilt-Up concrete design - contribution to sustainable solution
- Quality of overall concept, design, layout
- Overall sustainable solution
The first place winners were the two-person team of Jong Lee Fung and William Ng from the University of Malaya. Their solution includes a building comprised of several free-standing planar pieces that seem interlocking with each other. Intended to change the perception that Tilt-Up buildings are boxy, the walls act as dividers for different spaces. To show the design flexibility of the Tilt-Up concrete panels, some walls are designed into angular panels with circular opening and some with large openings. When entering the classroom, one will encounter a "tilting" wall, which may act as a demonstration panel.
For this entry, The Concrete Classroom's pentagon shape shows that it is steady and perpetual. The pentagon Concrete Classroom also portrays the possible combination of concrete with steel, glass, timber, water, light and shadow. The entrance of the Concrete Classroom seems to extend outward, with a cantilevered roof and water feature, creating a welcoming feel. Before entering the classroom, there is a foyer to serve as a break area. A large sliding glass door is placed on the south side of the building to maximize the use of natural day lighting as well as maximizing view towards the open area. The west facing roof is lifted higher to allow daylight penetrate deeper in to the room while blocking the west sun.