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Green8: A 'Vertical Garden City' for Berlin

Green8:  A 'Vertical Garden City' for Berlin | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
This conceptual skyscraper for Berlin has a twisted figure-of-eight structure that curves around elevated gardens and greenhouses.

Agnieszka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus, architects based in Berlin, developed the design to contribute to a new masterplan being put together for the eastern quarter of the city.

Describing the building as a "vertical garden city", the architects have planned a network of gardens and greenhouses that would slot into the two hollows of the figure-of-eight, intended to serve a growing desire among city dwellers for self-sustaining gardening.


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Sustainability – the concept for the Effizienzhaus Plus in Berlin

Sustainability – the concept for the Effizienzhaus Plus in Berlin | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A cube with a shimmering, reflective façade in Berlin symbolizes the harmony of modern architecture and trailblazing residential energy concepts.

The building is located in the immediate vicinity of the famed Kurfürstendamm and was selected from 16 entries as the prize-winner for the "Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau" competition organized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Planning. The building's special feature is that it generates more energy in the course of a year than it consumes. It produces the energy needed to source the air conditioning, heating and hot water, to operate electrical appliances (household appliances, small devices, multimedia, etc.) and power up electric cars.

"Sustainable houses must not have that efficiency look, but instead need to be breathtakingly beautiful and powerful in appearance," suggests Werner Sobek, whose office together with Stuttgart University won the competition to design the Effizienzhaus-Plus. The jury was won over by the concept of an energy-efficient dwelling along with electromobility, that harmonizes user needs, the house and the vehicles perfectly.


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Adriene Mannas's curator insight, May 26, 2015 8:31 PM

This scoop talks about new sustainable houses  in Berlin. The house is in a cube shape with many reflective windows around the sides. The power is run off of solar panels and is saved in batteries to charge not only all of the houses power but the cars as well. This is a possible sustainable house that will be seen in the future. 

 

This relates to the urban and agricultural units because not only does it save resources but it is a type of urban residence in a city. This house shows a new way to live in the city and be more sustainable.