A new urban district is rising from the dust of the former Kellogg’s site on the Überseeinsel in Bremen, Germany. This working, living, educational and leisure area on the banks of the Weser River is focused on providing green spaces for human interaction. With this in mind, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA) has unveiled its design for a residential building in the complex, which is expected to break ground later this year.

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The six-story building will contain between 30 and 54 residential units, depending on the number of studio, two-room, three-room and three-room-plus-office combinations selected for the final layout. Each unit is prefabricated for minimal site impact and cost efficiency. Tenants will each have access to communal balconies and other open spaces for growing plants and interacting with humans and nature.

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housing complex with balconies and a top-floor greenhouse

The highest level of the building features a greenhouse, which is available for residents as well as for use by commercial startups looking for space. Landscaped grounds around the building offer more opportunities for outdoor adventures on foot, bicycle, skateboard, roller blades or scooter. The space for balcony plants and the greenhouse both contribute to cleaner air by reducing carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen. In essence, the building naturally filters the air.

wood building with glass roof

Not only is the Residential Greenhouse project focused on green design in reference to gardening, but the architecture also features copious energy-saving elements. A wall slab at the core of the structure is heated, and this heat radiates throughout the spaces. The glass windows let natural light into the residential sections of the building and enclose the greenhouse on the upper level. Because heat rises, the warmth of the living spaces naturally and efficiently heats the greenhouse above without the need for additional energy. This system provides for year-round gardening, making sustainable food a convenient option, even in a multi-unit building.

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