Lessons from Nauru, 2011
Fassa Bortolo International Prize for Sustainable Architecture Gold Medal
“Lessons from Nauru” looks to provide an architecture which drives the rehabilitation of both people and landscape, creating an inherently linked process between rehabilitation of the mined areas of the Island, the building of a more appropriate housing and initiating a shift in cultural paradigm away from dependency to self-sufficiency.
By re-housing one of the tribal groups that make up the island the project aims to demonstrate a replicable process which can be carried out across all twelve tribes of Nauru. The project quarries the limestone pinnacle remnants of mining activities, necessary to allow for re-vegetation of the mined area, using the limestone as blocks, tiles and aggregates for the predominant building material of a new housing typology.