Yearly Archive: 2016

RTF Award 2016 for Heidelberg Village

Heidelberg Village received the second place for the 2016 RTF Awards.

The RTF Awards the biggest award program for architects and designers in the world in the field of sustainability. Registrations were send from more than 84 countries. After the huge success of Re-thinking The Future Awards, RTF Sustainability Awards 2015, IATA, and RTF Sustainability Awards 2016 and now RTF in its fifth year, launching the Rethinking The Future Awards 2016. The RTF Awards 2016 are the absolute global architectural award event with 35 categories and 15 esteemed judges across the globe. Winners from previous Awards include Bjarke Ingels Group & DIALOG, Perkins Eastman, Page, RTKL, AHR, Sanjay Puri Architects, and more. With Professionals and Creative people around the world, It’s your chance to be distinguished around the best in the profession.


E’ in Germania la casa passiva più grande del mondo

Modello di architettura sostenibile, il progetto dello studio Frey Architekten si trova all’interno dell’Heidelberg Village, nel quartiere Bahnstadt di nuova costruzione nella città tedesca, dove è stato imposto per ogni edificio lo standard Passivhaus ed è all’avanguardia su scala mondiale per quanto riguarda l’attenzione all’efficienza energetica.

Il complesso è composto da diversi edifici con altezza che varia dai 5 agli 8 piani e comprende 162 unità abitative, la cui disposizione è studiata per farne una “comunità vivente” che incoraggi le interazioni sociali.

Uno dei tanti punti di forza del progetto – che si estende su oltre 6000 mq di spazio recuperato da un’area ferroviaria dismessa – è l’utilizzo della dimensione verticale in chiave di green building. Saranno presenti giardini verticali in aggiunta ad ampi tetti verdi, ma l’aspetto più interessante è legato alla sostenibilità energetica. Infatti le pareti esterne ospiteranno pannelli solari.


Green Light for Asia’s Largest Passive House Settlement in Qingdao, China

Frey Architekten is working on Asia’s largest passive house settlement. Wolfgang Frey took part in the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site spanning nearly 200 acres in Qinagdao, People’s Republic of China, together with other distinguished guests and decision-makers.

Qingdao, October 25, 2016 – Along with working on the world’s largest passive house settlement in Heidelberg, Wolfgang Frey and his team at Frey Architekten are also involved in Asia’s largest passive house settlement. In September 2016 a groundbreaking ceremony for the nearly 200-acre construction site took place in Qingdao, People’s Republic of China. Wolfgang Frey participated together with other distinguished guests and decision-makers.


Wolfgang Frey at the 44th Martinstift-Symposium in Austria

The Protestant Diakonie Gallneukirchen celebrated its forty-fourth Martinstift-Symposium in the Brucnkernhaus in Linz, Austria on October 14, 2016. Deeply steeped in tradition, the Martinstift-Symposium is one of the most significant forums in Austria and is committed to one topic only: working with the disabled.

This type of platform offers not only a mutual meeting point for employees and students focused on disabled services, but also is characterized by its array of internationally distinguished speakers. The platform offers an opportunity to address the latest challenges and developments in work with the disabled and to pursue discussions about it.


World’s largest passive house settlement tops off in Germany

The world’s largest passive house development just celebrated a topping out ceremony in a monumental step forward for sustainable architecture in Germany. Created by Frey Group, the energy-efficient Heidelberg Village is the epicenter of Bahnstadt, Heidelberg’s newest urban district where all buildings are designed to meet passive house standards. The new project is a “living community” emphasizing multigenerational living, access to green space, and a heterogenous neighborhood setup that encourages social interaction.


Wolfgang Frey at the “City of Tomorrow” workshop of Fraunhofer Institute

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) invited participants to talk about the shape of our common future during their “Morgenstadt” (City of Tomorrow) workshop in Stuttgart on September 27-28, 2016.

The overall topic included how we can make the cities of tomorrow sustainable and livable – a new construction plan should emerge that everyone can develop together. Not only companies and city representatives, but also students and citizens got the chance to actively shape the city of the future with the help of discussion groups, creative workshops, on-the-spot app development, business models or building the first prototypes. A new urban concept can only work if all parties – that is, companies as well as citizens – are equally involved.


Inspir’action News: Heidelberg Village

Do you want to develop your children in a family environment, without giving up the advantages of the city? Are you a single parent who appreciates good infrastructure? Or do you need help or attach importance to maximum independence and flexibility? Well, the Heidelberg Village in south-west Germany will be your next home. Inspir’action News (English) >>

On dit de ce quartier allemand qu’il est le plus propre de la planète. La construction de son Heidelberg Village est en passe de conforter cette belle réputation. Ayant le double pouvoir de produire sa propre énergie et d’assainir l’air, il sera prêt fin 2017. Inspir’action News (Français) >>

Vorresti crescere i tuoi figli in un ambiente familiare, senza rinunciare ai vantaggi di vivere in città? Sei un genitore single che apprezza una buona situazione abitativa? O Hai bisogno di aiuto e attribuisci molta importanza alla massima autonomia e flessibilità? Inspir’action News (Italiano) >>


Wolfgang Frey at the Demografiekongress in Berlin


Berlin, September 13, 2016 – Architect and urban planner Wolfgang Frey, who won the prize for the initiative „Germany – The Country of Longevity“ („Deutschland – Land des Langen Lebens“) for his Heidelberg Village project in 2015, spoke at this year’s Demografiekongress in Berlin on the topic: „How can architecture stimulate social consciousness?“ In our increasingly mobile world, it is hard for people to develop a sense of responsibility and connection with the place where they live. Architecture plays a significant role in fostering a sense of community.


Complejo de casas pasivas utiliza baja energía para climatización

Internacional. Asentado en un pedazo de tierra más o menos del tamaño de un campo de fútbol en un antiguo patio de carga en Heidelberg, Alemania, un nuevo complejo de 162 apartamentos llamado Heidelberg Village hace parte del Distrito Bahnstadt, que será el más grande desarrollo de casa pasiva en el mundo. Para cumplir con el nivel exigente del estándar “Passivhaus”, los edificios sólo pueden utilizar una pequeña cantidad de energía para la calefacción y la refrigeración. Incluso con los fríos inviernos alemanes, el complejo nunca utilizará más de 15 kilovatios-hora de energía para la calefacción por metro cuadrado en un año; un edificio “normal” podría utilizar 100 a 300 kWh.

La escala de desarrollo actualmente lo hizo más fácil para ahorrar energía. “La razón es la relación de volumen a la superficie”, dice Wolfgang Frey, director de Frey Architekten, el estudio de arquitectura sostenible que diseñó el complejo. Los edificios: uno de cinco pisos de altura, y el otro que van de cinco a ocho pisos están cubiertos con paneles solares que producen energía en las fachadas, no sólo en el techo.


Co.Exist Ideas: This Will Be The Largest “Passive House” Apartment Complex In The World

The 162 apartments of Heidelberg Village all will use just a tiny fraction of the energy necessary to heat and cool “normal” houses.

Sitting on a piece of land roughly the size of a football field in a former freight yard in Heidelberg, Germany, a new 162-unit apartment complex called Heidelberg Village will soon be the largest passive house development in the world.

To meet the exacting “Passivhaus” standard, buildings can only use a tiny amount of energy for heating and cooling. Even with cold German winters, the complex will never use more than 15 kilowatt-hours of energy for heating per square meter in a year; a “normal” building might use 100 to 300 kWh.

The scale of the development actually made it easier to save energy. “The reason is the volume to surface ratio,” says Wolfgang Frey, head of Frey Architekten, the sustainable architecture firm that designed the complex. The buildings—one five stories high, and the other ranging from five to eight stories—are plastered with energy-producing solar panels on the facades, not just on the roof.