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Eco City Montecorvo

CategoryMaster plan, Housing
TeamWiny Maas, Jacob Van Rijs, Nathalie des Vries, Martine Vledder, Raul Lazaro Santamaria, Aser Giménez Ortega, GijsRikken, Philipp Keiss, Fokke Moerel, MariaLopez, Adelaida Riveira, Wouter Oosterdorp, Jose Ignacio Velasco, Marta Pozo
LocationLogroño, Spain
Award1st Prize Developers Competition
DescriptionThe beautiful site is located just north of Logroño on the two small hills of Montecorvo and la Fonsalalda. The south facing hills not only provide beautiful views of the city, but also provide optimal conditions for solar energy collection using PV-cells. The windmills stand at the top of the hills, catching the wind; a landmark for the area. Combined, the solar and wind energy collected are capable of fulfilling the energy need for the 3.000 units of social housing.

Only 10% of the site is occupied by buildings. This minimizes the impact on the landscape and simultaneously minimizes building costs. Like a snake, the linear urban development meanders through the landscape both horizontally and vertically. By making use of the height differences, every apartment takes maximum advantage of the views. The roofs of the lower situated slabs are accessible and offer possibilities to create a magnificent public space overlooking the landscape of La Rioja; a Mirador!

In 2007 MVRDV worked with the Spanish office GRAS to enter a competition for a sustainable urban extension of the city of Logroño. Logroño is a medium size city of approximately 130.000 inhabitants, in the wine region of La Rioja in the north of Spain. The program consists of approximately 3.000 units of social housing and its complementary program: schools, social buildings, and sports facilities. The goal was to create a sustainable development. By producing all the energy needed on the 56 hectare site, the new neighborhood achieves a CO2 neutral footprint. The space made available by building compactly becomes a magnificent eco-park, a mix of landscape and energy production.

FACTS - The recycling and reuse of grey water ?bathroom water, not toilet- means 30%-45% savings. The production of energy will be more or equal than the consume. The power of the photovoltaic energy is 6MW, which will produce 8.1 GWh per year. The power of wind power is 1,5 MW, which will produce 3.5 GWh per year. Total production of clean energies= 11GWh, which it is the energy needed to supply the 3000 dwellings, the commerces and the public facilities, enough for the possibly 12.000 inhabitants
Comfort audible: Nowadays it is 52.4 dB. The wind power generators will increase it in 2.52dB. Therefore it will end up in 54.4dB, which it is under the allowed levels. Eco city will generate enough energy to avoid emission of 6000 ton CO2 per year 210 windmills: 50 windmills type Alize, 160 windmills type Turby 45.000 m2 of solar panels.
ClientLMB, Grupo, Progea, Spain
Start date2008
Area Units.q.m.
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