December 14, 2018 | Information session
An information session introduced the first step of the MEP study phase, gathering the 4 selected multidisciplinary groups and the panel of experts, chaired by Marilyne Andersen, professor at EPFL and academic director of the Smart Living Lab. Researchers from the Building2050 group and from other Smart Living Lab groups presented the main elements to take into account in this unusual project.
February 19 and 20, 2019 | Dialog A
The MEP’s study phase was marked by 3 stages of analysis and elaboration: 2 intermediate dialogues, particularly innovative in terms of collaboration, and a final dialogue.
The first of these dialogues took place on February 19, 2019, followed by a day of exchanges between Smart Living Lab specialists (including Building2050) and the panel of experts.
April 8 and 9, 2019 | Dialog B
This mandate for parallel studies was characterized by its openness to exchange. Dialog B, which took place on April 8, 2019, intensified the interaction between all participants, allowing a sharing of approaches, ideas and solutions between candidates and a possibility of project evolution during the process.
For both Dialog A and B, the Building2050 group organized a previous consultation of Smart Living Lab users on the intermediary projects. Its specialists provided the panel of experts with this user feedback as well as with the conclusions of their technical analysis.
June 6, 2019 | Final Presentation
On June 6, 2019, the candidates presented their final projects separately, in front of the panel of experts and of the Smart Living Lab’s specialists and organizers.
Between this presentation and the final jury, the Building2050 team and other Smart Living Lab specialists carefully analysed the projects and provided technical documents, to support the panel of experts in their final decision.
July 1 and 2, 2019 | Final Jury
The panel of experts met on July 1 and 2, 2019 in Fribourg, and unanimously chose “HOP”, the project designed by Behnisch Architekten, Drees & Sommer Schweiz AG et ZPF Ingenieure AG, as the winner of the design competition launched in 2018 for the future building of the research center. Conceived as a living space offering experimentation capabilities, the chosen project won over the panel of experts not only with its evolutive characteristics, its spaciousness, but also with its open and inviting aspect, conducive to the desired environment within a living lab. Equally impressive are the project’s economic and resource savings, while also responding to the strict energy and environmental requirements set for the competition.