A Passive Challenge


Asia’s Largest Passive House development is currently under construction on a site covering almost 200 acres in Qingdao, China. Patrick Kingsland spoke to Germany-based architect Wolfgang Frey, who previously designed the world’s largest passive house settlement, about the challenges and benefits of passive house design.

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Electrifying architecture


Hi-tech batteries enable a German tower block not only to store solar energy but redistribute it across a wider network.

A 16-story tower block in Germany looks set to push the boundaries of solar power generation by using a high capacity battery to store and intelligently distribute energy to an entire neighbourhood. The 15,000m2 (gross floor area) Smart Green Tower in Freiburg is designed by German practice Frey Architekten, in partnership with Siemens and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. It will feature commercial office and residential space, with construction planned for the second quarter of 2017.

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Energy Self-Sustaining Smart Green Tower Interacts Intelligent Within The Smart Green City


This battery-operated office and apartment complex is not merely a paper tiger

The concept of Smart Green Tower goes along with the objectives of the Green City and offers much more than just energy self-sufficiency. Furthermore, this battery-operated office and apartment complex is not merely a paper tiger – it is planned to become reality in the German city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Designed by Frey Architekten, with support of Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the energy concept of Smart Green Tower differs from other self-sustaining buildings producing clean energy for own needs.

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EFA Magazine: First Look – Heidelberg Village


Heidelberg Village is part of a large sustainable development project in the new urban district, Bahnstadt, on the site of a former freight yard in Heidelberg, Germany. With 162 units, Heidelberg Village will accommodate people from all walks of life: from single households to disabled residents to seniors. Construction started in 2015 and is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

Residential units will range from one- to five-room apartments and many units are being built to accommodate residents who need nursing care or special needs, including handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

Architecture firm Frey Group (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) is also working together with outpatient care and domestic care services, which will have offices within the village.

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Germany’s solar-powered Smart Green Tower mimics the technology of electric cars


If a car can run on a lithium-ion battery, why can’t the same technology be applied to a city block? This is the conceptual basis of the Smart Green Tower planned for Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. Frey Architekten teamed up with Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) to develop a battery-operated residential building which will be powered entirely by the sun.

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Inhabitat: Asia’s largest passive house settlement breaks ground in China


Following their award-winning holistic living project at Heidelberg Village, German architectural firm Frey Architekten, in collaboration with Rongen Architekten design studio, unveiled their design for one part of a large passive house settlement in Qingdao, China. The pilot project, Asia’s largest passive house settlement to date, will provide various types of housing which will cut carbon emissions by 2.376 tons and save 12.72 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

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CNN: Building a green oasis in the heart of a city


By Kieron Monks, CNN

(CNN) – The Bahnstadt campus in Heidelberg, south-west Germany, is one of the largest and most ambitious urban developments in Germany. Two billion euros have been invested in converting a freight train terminal into a cutting-edge eco community. The 116-hectare campus is entirely powered by renewable energy, which is regulated by smart metering. Every one of the 2,000 homes is a “passive house” that efficiently retains energy and does not need a heating system.

The Bahnstadt experiment is now going a step further with the arrival of Heidelberg Village from Frey Architects, a 162-apartment block covered with green facades and rooftop gardens, which opens in early 2017.
The development is expected to offer significant environmental benefits, but the architects have a more ambitious vision of sustainability.

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重新思考未来奖2016: 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.

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经济参考报: 传承可持续理念的“平民建筑师”


记者: 廖冰清  北京报道 | 来源: 经济参考报




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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.

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