Two student teams of RTU Faculty of Architecture have received awards at the final round of Multi-Comfort House Student Contest 2017 – one team won the 1st place and the other team received the Audience Choice Award.
Aiva Dorbe and Lauma Kalniņa participated in the contest with the project Sun Shad that was recognized by the international jury as the best project and were awarded the 1st place and 1500 EUR grant. The authors of project Formula for Living – Inese Gusta and Laura Dārta Ivane – were granted the Audience Choice Award and 500 EUR. The 2nd place was awarded to representatives from Ukraine, but the 3rd place – to participants from Estonia.
At the contest RTU was also represented by Madara Šadrina and Rūdolfs Maurāns who presented their project Outside-In and received positive appraisal from the jury.
This year almost 1800 projects from 80 countries were submitted in national elimination round of the international contest. On 2 June in the final round of the contest in Madrid 57 projects representing schools of architecture from 25 countries were assessed.
Within the 2017 Contest, RTU Faculty of Architecture students, under the guidance of academic staff members, during the spring semester elaborated project proposals for the reconstruction of two residential buildings in Madrid to improve the aesthetical and functional quality of living environment as well as acoustic, visual and thermal comfort. The issue is also topical in Latvia, in general, and Riga, in particular, taking into account the housing fund requiring renovation in the nearest future.
Since 2005, Multi Comfort House Contest has been organized by Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Group, inviting senior students of architecture study programs. The aim of the Contest is to promote students’ understanding of thermal, acoustic and visual comfort provision, using high-quality architecture and design solutions in the creation of appealing and comfortable spatial environment. Functions and geographical locations of the objects designed within the Contest change every year.