The Modern Seaweed House has been awarded a wonderful prize for best plant based architecture.

Vandkunsten’s Katrine West Kristensen and Søren Nielsen accepted the award in Paris along with the building client, Realdania.

In his acceptance speech, Søren Nielsen stated:
“Modern architecture celebrates:precision, perfection and perpendicularity
It is abstract, controlled and masculine.
Fibre architecture provides the exact opposite:
It is unruly, imprecise, round-edged and it alludes to women’ crafts.

Most of all:
It is not perfect
and in that it reflects ourselves because we are not perfect
Fibre architecture is humanist architecture!”

Buildings made of bamboo, reed, straw and other plant fibers are cropping up all over the world and have aroused the curiosity of the media and professionals. To highlight the use of bio-based materials in the construction field, amàco (atelier matières à construire) launched the FIBRA Award with the scientific support of the Zurich Institute of Technology (ETH) and the know-how of BioBuild Concept.

The purpose of this first World Prize for Contemporary Plant Fiber-Based Architecture is to showcase the aesthetic properties, the construction advantages and the environmental benefits. Identifying exceptional buildings around the world will allow the public to discover them.