Learnlife’s Eco Hub, the Passivhaus Classic certified pop-up learning space located in Castelldefels, Spain, has won the Low-Tech Prize in the Green Solutions Awards 2022-2023!
Learnlife’s Eco Hub wins the Low-Tech Prize in the prestigious Green Solutions Awards 2022-2023
6 experts from the sector analysed the submissions and praised the Eco Hub for the social aspect of its spaces, as well as the non-permanent structure, which blends in with nature and reduces the environmental impact of the building.
Designed by Sol Espoille, with Ramiro Chiaradia as collaborating architect, and Praxis Resilient Buildings delivering Passivhaus Consultancy and Blower Door testing, the Eco Hub is a pioneering learning space, sustainability, and innovation centre, built on the sea front in Castelldefels, near the city of Barcelona. The project provides a scalable, modular, prefabricated construction system for the rapid assembly of healthy learning spaces with good air quality and thermal comfort, fit for warm climates.
Learnlife is an organisation based in Barcelona whose goal is to build an open ecosystem for a new lifelong learning paradigm alongside existing education systems. Christopher Pommerening, Learnlife Founder, said: “We’re honoured to receive this prestigious award. The Eco Hub was designed to provide a learning environment that enables children to flourish, connects with nature and has a positive environmental impact.
“The award recognises this and highlights the possibilities for change in developing purpose-inspired learning spaces that have wellbeing and the environment as pillars of their design.”
The Eco Hub is built from a series of prefabricated lightweight timber modules, built off-site, and assembled in-situ, installed on screw pile foundations, meaning it can be disassembled in the future, moved, and re-assembled elsewhere. The design team prioritised the use of healthy, low emission materials, with low embodied energy, including internal finishes with low-emission paints on fibreboard made from recycled gypsum and cellulose fibres from post-consumer waste. The module is equipped with a Passivhaus certified Zehnder mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery, and a 2.73 kWp solar PV array that generates around 90% of the building’s energy consumption.
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Photos: Jordi Vila Marta – Argotphoto