Gallery: ECOBAY: New Sustainable City for Estonia

Ecobay by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

There’s something about the prospect of starting an entire city from scratch that’s sure to stir the imagination, evoking ideals of efficiency and future-forward design at it’s finest. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects were recently presented with just such an honor when they won first place in an international competition to create a new sustainable city set on the Paljassaare Peninsula in Estonia. Dubbed Ecobay, the mixed-use development will provide a self-sustaining community complete with housing, schools, commercial districts, and daycare centers. Situated serenely overlooking the Baltic Sea, the new city will benefit from a diverse portfolio of clean energy sources and will house up to 6,000 citizens as it is completed over the next 15-20 years.

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  1. jgrzinich August 7, 2008 at 6:13 am

    It should be noted that Estonia as a whole is a fairly “green” country. With one of the lowest population densities in Europe much of the land is literally returning to the wild. So the notion of a new “eco city” is Estonia something of a paradox as I doubt it could rival the overall sustainability of the population as a whole (unless of course it simply becomes a replacement for many urban dwellers of the old soviet block houses).

  2. IGreenSpot July 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    what’s with white color ? I kinda feel to live in a sterile city

  3. leafpure July 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm


    I’ll move there as soon as it’s completed. :)

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