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Future Cities Seminar – Nordic Embassy/ECO-Houses/EUREF Campus

Recently the Global AD students of Berlin visited quite a few significant locations in relation to the advancement of sustainable, social and experiential architecture; Nordic Embassy, EDO-houses within this surrounding area, as well as the EUREF Campus.

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Starting off with the Nordic Embassy we were guided through a tour within the building complex. This is the location where the embassies for Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden comprising the site of 6 buildings (5 of them being of these countries.) Although, more traditional forms are usually used to design these buildings our tour guide was happy to note the exceptions within these cases.

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From the whole chiseling out of the side of a mountain, to the light qualities and ‘organic’ quality as stated by the guide found in another building, these designs are far from traditional. They use distinct materiality in order to draw the light into the space making the room feel more voluminous. The bridges between thresholds on this specific case allows for informal interactions instead of just secluding personal by rank.

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 In turn the exterior is also framed, with these six buildings surrounding a rather large courtyard that allows a glimpse of each building as well as their Key features.

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Keeping a similar theme about engaging to users of the space we had a tour of the surrounding neighborhoods looking into the development of ECO-Houses. For these complexes the architect envisioned a community where the infrastructure could be designed, while each person could individually designed their own space within the overall fabric. This came to be a lot more difficult than anticipated due to the loads the main structural framework would have to bare, but in return produced really diverse architecture in one space.

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After these visits we saw the EUREF Campus and spoke to a tour guide about their hopes and vision for a more sustainable future.  What once used to be a place to store gas is slowly being transformed into a campus with more sustainable structures with interactive intelligent facades. Numerous amounts of companies have already begun to work here sharing the same goal for a brighter and better future with renewable energy.

Images: Edrei Rodriguez, Yasmen Ezat-Agha, and Lindsay Girardeau, Online sources.  

Written by: Edrei Rodriguez

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