Germany seems determined to take steps in reducing its carbon footprint. The country’s latest project currently under construction in Heidelberg will be the world’s biggest passive housing complex.
Heidelberg Village will be a solar-powered ecological inspiration, comprising 162 units and featuring rooftop and vertical gardens.
The village was designed by Architect Wolfgang Frey, founder of Frey Architekten, whose designs revolve around the ability for a wide range of people to take up residents within the village.
The apartments will have its own balcony and range from one bedroom to sizes that could cater to families of four or five.
The key to Heidelberg Village’s uniqueness is the approach Frey is taking to ensure the overall design responds to his view on holistic sustainability, and what he refers to as his ‘five-finger-principle’.
The principle, as part of Frey's process, includes:
According to the complex’s website, even the “wall colour” will make the building sustainable by oxidising greenhouse gases nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrates.
Frey’s ultimate goal is to build “a home environment to last a lifetime,” with further plans to provide construction workers and future residents with a lunch program designed to connect the people who will live in Heidelberg Village to those who built their homes.
By bringing together these two groups that otherwise may never have met, Frey Architekten hopes to foster a deep sense of community and belonging.
Frey said in a press release that the idea is to build a strong community identity.
He is keen to invite potential residents to lunch where they can meet the construction workers and learn more about the people behind the scenes. It’s a plan to see the plans grow from an environmentally friendly village to nurturing community of friends and family.
The lifetime community ideal is also bolstered by the proximity of local facilities, amenities and infrastructure, making it what Frey believes to be be the perfect urban environment.
Heidelberg Village is projected to reach completion in 2017.