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Cocolishi: Aruba’s Shining Shell of Sustainability

by | Feb 25, 2024

In the heart of Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital city, stands a marvel of modern architecture that not only captures the eye but also the essence of sustainability. Behold the Cocolishi government building, a true testament to innovation and environmental consciousness.

Inspired by the local term for “shell,” the Cocolishi’s design is nothing short of mesmerizing. Its four-story concentric spiral structure, adorned with terraces and crowned with a solar roof, reflects not just the beauty of Aruba’s natural surroundings but also its rich cultural heritage. This architectural gem isn’t just about looks; it’s about functionality too. The design maximizes natural light and ventilation, reducing the building’s carbon footprint while providing a comfortable environment for its occupants.

But the Cocolishi isn’t just another pretty facade—it’s a beacon of sustainability. LEED-certified and proudly so, this building incorporates a plethora of green elements. From its solar roof harnessing the Caribbean sun’s energy to its rainwater harvesting system and energy-efficient lighting, every aspect of the Cocolishi is geared towards minimizing its environmental impact.

Construction of the Cocolishi was a feat in itself. Utilizing precast concrete panels not only streamlined the process but also minimized waste, showcasing a commitment to eco-friendly practices from the ground up. Built on a brownfield site, the Cocolishi breathed new life into a previously neglected part of downtown Oranjestad, further emphasizing its role as a catalyst for positive change.

Recognition has rightfully followed the Cocolishi’s footsteps. With awards such as the Caribbean Architectural Award and the prestigious LEAF Award for Best Sustainable Design, it has cemented its place as a pioneer in green architecture in the Caribbean region.

Designed by Hoevertsz ArchiDesign NV and completed in 2013, the Cocolishi spans 2,657 square meters, standing as a symbol of Aruba’s commitment to a sustainable future.

The Cocolishi isn’t just a government building; it’s a testament to what happens when innovation, sustainability, and culture converge. In a world where environmental concerns loom large, the Cocolishi shines as a beacon of hope—a shimmering shell guiding us towards a brighter tomorrow.

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