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SAWA wins Paris Design Award

SAWA wins 10th international architecture award: the esteemed jury of DNA Paris Design Awards voted SAWA the winner in the Green Architecture category.

10th award for SAWA

Construction of SAWA is in full swing. The timber load-bearing structure will become visible in autumn, and expectations are running high. It is the first ever in Europe, as this is the foremost construction using this technique at this height (16 floors). The international recognition for both the high level of innovation and aesthetic excellence feeds a sense of pride. With the Paris Design Awards, the tally now stands at 10 awards. SAWA has previously won awards at renowned events such as the World Architecture Festival, the Architecture Masterprize, MIPIM / Architectural Review Future Project Awards, Iconic awards for Innovative Architecture and the Green Good Design Awards. Just last month, we announced that SAWA won the Architizer A+ Sustainability Awards. The DNA Paris Awards ceremony will take place in Paris in October.

SAWA contributes to decarbonisation of construction

SAWA was designed with the drive and high level of ambition to develop a zero-carbon building that contributes to solving the climate crisis and a healthy future. The realisation of SAWA marks an important step towards international sustainability goals and proves that construction industry can act differently. SAWA, also referred to as “the healthiest building” in the Netherlands, is adding value to the neighborhood and city in the broadest sense. These “shared values” relate to CO2 storage through timber construction, enhancing biodiversity, communal spaces including the vegetable garden on the deck and making a circular building with affordable housing, where people care for each other and for nature. The project comprises 109 homes, with spacious green terraces averaging 40 m2 per unit, of which 50 are mid-rent apartments. The living concept is enriched by various shared functions – such as shared mobility, tools and a vegetable garden on a public deck – therewith stimulating a lively, and caring community. The technical innovation is found in the certified Nice building system, of which SAWA is the earliest demonstrable and realised example. This makes SAWA the first all-timber and circular 50-metre-high residential building in Europe.

About DNA Paris Design Awards

A fresh design Awards for creative thinkers and makers

DNA Paris Design Awards is established by Farmani Group and Paris-based artists collective, In Between. Farmani Group is the organizer of International Design Awards (IDA), Architecture MasterPrize (AMP), European Product Design Awards (EPDA), the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography and many other prestigious global awards. DNA Paris Design Awards is an accolade honoring the work of international architects and designers, who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design. The Awards acknowledge projects defined by courage, diversity and excellence. 

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The healthiest building in the Netherlands
SAWA terraces from the square