Living Building Challenge Award

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In 2010 the International Living Building Institute (ILBI) issued a call for artists for the Living Building Challenge Certification Award. The chosen submission (by Krista Jahnke and Tom Ngo) was selected because it incorporated the very first thing that vistors encounter at a Living Building Challenge project: the door handle. The artists’ original design concept required adaptation to be fully realized in built form. The design was refined and completed by softfirm, in collaboration with ILBI staff, and fabricated by Meyer Wells.

The Award is presented to projects that achieve the defined requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Since projects can achieve full ‘Living’ status or “Petal Recognition” when projects satisfy the requirements of three or more of the seven petals, there is the ability to add only the petals that have been acheived to date. Softfirm designed and coordinated the creation of brushed stainless steel "petals" etched with the name of each petal. They can be fastened into place once the project has realized these goals.

Simultaneous to the creation of the Award, softfirm created a certificate that would be given to each project in recognition of certification. The design of certificate includes numerous handcrafted elements, representative of the many hours that go into researching and creating a Living Building. The design features nuanced watercolor artwork that printed on watercolor papre and then die cut using a laser to reveal a delicate and lacey pattern. The certificate is then framed in a handmade reclaimed wood frame.

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