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The complex comprises three structures housing 150 living units organized around a green courtyard. All of the 50 to 75-square-meter subsidized apartments have large balconies overlooking the courtyard. The project was conceived as a residential mix of different profiles-from families with kids and single parents to singles and the elderly. The fully-glassed ground floor features common areas such as a cafe, buggies and bicycle parking and multi-use spaces.

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Pivotal to the project are its impressive solar design and energy efficiency. Energy for hot water and heating is mostly generated by the rooftop solar panels, a heat pump system and a geothermal reservoir. Excess energy is stored in a geothermal brine reservoir and released when the weather turns cold.

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