It has been amazing to be part of the WAF award winning team. When you look across the range and quality of projects put forward for the WAF Awards, to be short listed and then become associated with the overall winner is a momentous achievement for Grant Associates.
Director - Grant Associates
Date posted: 22/10/08
Engineering and architecture work closely together in dealing with energy, waste and recycling.
We are faced with a difficult task concerning sustainability, but also a great opportunity for architects worldwide to contribute seriously to this sphere.
The winning project, Landscape Restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump ‘La Vall d’en Joan’ outside Barcelona, by the architects Batlle & Roig Architects, represents in our view, a perfect example of bringing dead nature back to life by converting rubbish into a beautiful piece of landscape architecture. The clear and simple idea has been conveyed using few and humble means. Underground water drainage brings contaminated waste fluids through a cleaning process plant that brings the water back to irrigate the park. And the gases produced fuel an energy plant. Nature comes back to human-treated nature, in this case, as a public natural park, with agriculture, plants and trees.WINNER Landscape Restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump "La Vall d'en Joan", Spain, Batlle & Roig Architects, Landscape Architect, Spain
Luis Mansilla and Martin Keiding