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MArch II student wins 2020 Passivhaus Student Competition

28 July 2020

Calypso's Hacienda
Calypso's Hacienda

MArch II student Dayana Anastasova has won the 2020 Passivhaus Student competition for her work focusing on a floating educational centre in the Isles of Scilly entitled ‘Calypso’s Hacienda.’

The nationwide Passivhaus Student Competition returned for a fifth and final year to provide architecture and engineering students with a creative vehicle to learn about Passivhaus and provide an opportunity to apply the Standard to their own designs.

Competitors were asked to identify one UK retrofit or new build project and provide design to turn this into a certifiable Passivhaus building. Students from participating Universities received Passivhaus training, access to the Passivhaus design software and were given the opportunity to experience a Passivhaus at first-hand, with an organised site visit.

One winner was selected from each partner University and each winning design received £300 in gift vouchers, a feature on the Passivhaus Trust website and newsletter and are invited to the virtual 2020 UK Passivhaus Conference where their projects will be exhibited.

Dayana’s winning entry features a cluster of buildings on a pontoon in the Isles of Scilly, housing an education centre alongside manufacturing and repairing facilities for gig boats. Judges were impressed with Dayana’s good design analysis and commended her on the exploration of form and details.

Dayana’s Principle Tutors Elly Deacon Smith and Matt Hayes of Arbor Architects who ran Unit 18 (1.5 Degrees) at the Welsh School of Architecture said:

"Dayana was able to explore how form, orientation and building fabric performance impacted on the operational energy of her thesis project. By using Design PH to model iterations of her emerging design, she was able to optimise its energy performance as an integral part of the design process. Ultimately, she has achieved a design that merges social, cultural, economic and ecological resilience to create an appropriate architectural response for the islands in the face of a climate emergency."

Dayana’s winning entry is available to view on the Passivhaus website now.

To find out more about the Master of Architecture (MArch) at the Welsh School of Architecture please visit our course pages.

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