Germany is currently working on the world’s largest passive housing complex. Named the Heidelberg Village, this solar-powered facility will be designed by the Frey Architekten.
The Heidelberg Village will include 162 units equipped with many sustainable features like the vertical gardens and the rooftop greenhouses.
The founder of the Frey Architekten, Wolfgang Frey designed the complex to house different families and individuals. Thus, the Heidelberg Village offers units housing a single bedroom to the ones that can accommodate a family of five.
The complex will be energy-efficient and will be fitted with solar panels and latest ventilation systems. The vertical and rooftop gardens will add to the beauty and freshness of the compound.
The official site of the Heidelberg Village claims that the wall colour of the structure will oxidise the greenhouse gases and nitrogen oxides to convert them into harmless nitrates while releasing oxygen into the air.
Frey Architekten is well-known for its ‘Five Finger Principle’ that envisions a design that encompasses “ecology, affordability, integration, innovation, and profitability.”
They even want to connect the future residents with the site builders who are constructing their future homes:
“Our idea is to build a strong community identity by inviting potential residents to our weekly soup kitchen to meet the construction workers and learn more about the people behind the scenes. Through consistent interaction, the entire complex will bond over food and friendship.”
The architects believe that the Heidelberg Village would be ready by the end of 2017.