Foster + Partners were recently announced as the winners of an international design competition for a new Motor City in Arago, Spain. Titled La Ciudad del Motor, the new leisure and cultural zone and motor sports center will integrate elements of sustainability throughout the design: the roof becomes a powerhouse with its integrated photovoltaic cells, solar thermal tubes, and wind turbines.
The aerodynamic roof of Foster + Partners‘ Motor city was inspired by the curves of a racing car. The resulting smooth forms were designed around solar and wind patterns, all enclosed by the lightweight roof. The form of the building along with the integrated environmental controls and the energy harnessing abilities of its roof allow for the entire complex to be carbon neutral.
The international competition for the Motor City commission included internationally known architecture firms including Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, UNStudio and MVRDV.