6 Nvember 2014
Architecture Associate Lecturers win Holcim Award Acknowledgement prize for eco kitchen and playground in Palestine
Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari, Associate Lecturers for Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, have recently been part of a team project that won a Holcim Award Acknowledgement prize. Their project involved turning disused historic buildings in Palestine into eco-friendly areas for the village of Beit Iksa to use.
In their project, Sharif and Golzari helped to create a women’s eco kitchen and a children’s eco playground. The project involved Golzari NG Architects, Murray Fraser and Miriam Ozanne from Palestine Regeneration Team (PART) and Shatha Safi from Riwaq: Centre for Architectural Conservation.
Both the eco kitchen and playground are designed to respond to the needs and collective culture traditions of the village such as their isolation and limited resources. In the kitchen, the women are able to cook collectively, using the roof gardens which are fed by a grey-water filtration system. From here, they will also be able to watch their children in the interactive educational playground. A ‘bird folly’ has been designed to create a protected place for migrating birds and allow children to watch and feed them. Seating areas for summer and winter have also been designed as part of the new facilities.
The project’s intention is to create a slow and subtle change in the village. These changes, such as the green roofs, will then be used in the surrounding areas and in other villages across Palestine.
The awards are given by the Holcim Foundation who support projects that use sustainable construction to create an improved quality of life.