Initially the ISOVER Students Contest was first held nationally and then globally. Therefore, there were chosen national winners in every country. The winners were invited to preset their projects at the international stage, together with their professors.
The international Saint-Gobain Student Contest took place in Dubrovnik in Croatia from June 1st to 4th.
The ISOVER Croatia team took special care in organizing the event and hosted a program full of scientific and cultural activities in Dubrovnik which is known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" and listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage....
The special guest for the conference was Dr. Wolfgang Feist from the Passive-House Institute in Darmstadt. He opened the conference with convincing examples of global warming threats and the opportunities that passive house design principles give to tackle the problem. His speech was a proper introduction of the students project presentations.
In following, 39 projects were described by their authors with the undivided attention of the audience in the stimulating atmosphere of Dubrovnik's old town theatre. Subsequently, all participants and professors nominated the best project per country.
Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt/ Germany
The recital of Adriana Vafadari - a French opera diva who charmed the contests participants with her
warm voice and tempting performance was a delightful way to end this exciting day.
The second day of the conference was dedicated to discussing and to exchanging ideas about energy efficient design. Later, the participants enjoyed Dubrovnik's historical heritage and natural beauties.
At the official dinner in the evening, Mirsad Begović, General Manager for ISOVER Croatia, announced the students voting. Instead of declaring an overall winner, the students and professors voted the best entries of each country. The thirteen best projects were published in a special edition of the calendar for 2009....
Calendar of the Architectural Contest 2008.
The task of the Saint-Gobain Student Contest 2008 was to design a school that combined classical school elements with modern learning facilities.
The school was intended for children from the age og 6 to 15, with a capacity between 200 and 300 students. In addition, the school should set a positive example in terms of ecology and sustainability.
1. Details of the task 2008
The school should fit to its surrounding natural and cultural environment while the choice of location is completely unresticted. Emphasis shoul be placed on feasibility, which in turn requires structurally effective and cost-efficient solutions.
The school's outside space could also be designed in an envionmentally friendly way, including for example some pedagogical elements such as bio-garden, biotope, playground, etc.
The premises can be chosen freely and must be representated on a plan of the site. For the purpose of better illustration, the premises of the surrounding natural and cultural environment can be photographed (the construction site does not need to be real in the legal sense).
Within the scope of the project, participants are free to design and propose all facilities of modern learning such as experimental laboratories, exhibition and performance rooms, a sport hall, a library, internet and communication room, etc. These facilities can be designed separately or combined depending on the individual concept.
Furthermore, safety aspects, e.g. fire protection and escape outes as well as practical issues such as a canteen, a cloakroom and access for handicapped people shoul also be taken into consideration
In addition, the social and ecological benefits offered by the school can be further used as an evening school for adults and as a cultural meeting point for the neighborhood.