Clearly a country at the forefront of sustainability with more solar energy harvesting and a lot less sun than our beloved California, Germany once again pioneers sustainable developments with a model Eco City.
What struck me immediately as the images were unveiling, is the uncanny resemblance to a medieval tower feel, complete with an sense of familiarity and intimacy, as the deliciously surprising angles and textures merged into one another. A welcome departure from predictable boxy geometries that too often plagues our sustainable ventures, the eco-city aims to recreate a sense of community and might just achieve it.
ECO CITY‘s organic energy concept aims for self‑sufficiency, creating the smallest possible ecological footprint. It is a self‑sustaining place that does not exploit, or pollute the environment but aims to co‑exists in harmony with its surroundings. This is guaranteed by the implementation of 21st century technologies.
Iconic wind turbines tower over the site, generating the bulk of ECO CITY‘s electricity. Smaller vertical wind turbines are distributed across the site, further providing emission free renewable energy.
Solar water heating will be used to offset the use of natural gas. Site lighting will be powered by solar technology.
The majority of all visible roofs will be green and planted with ample trees and flower beds, providing areas for walking, relaxation, cafe spaces etc. They will help slow down the run off of storm water from the site and will avoid overburdening the municipal storm water system as well as significantly reduce the heat island effect of ECO CITY.
The project will utilize environmentally friendly materials which will help promote a healthy indoor building atmosphere. Passive design techniques and efficient facade and building design will reduce energy consumption by 30%.
Tec Principal Sebastian Knorr explains: “ECO CITY represents a synergistic approach to urban development. By working in close cooperation with all the stakeholders and taking into consideration the immediate environmental context of the project, we’ve created a different type of sustainable, creative-industrial complex. We hope that iconic ECO CITY project becomes a model for sustainable urban development.”
Credits: Arup, Eco-City, Inhabitat, Serengreenity