Germany’s Eco City Project Takes Shape

26 August 2009 (Last Updated August 26th, 2009 18:30)

Germany's first creative-industrial project Eco City is being developed on the shores of Hamburg-Harburg Harbour. Design firm Tec Architecture and engineering firm Arup will build the eco-friendly business community that will comprise both large-scale warehouses and production faciliti

Germany's first creative-industrial project Eco City is being developed on the shores of Hamburg-Harburg Harbour.

Design firm Tec Architecture and engineering firm Arup will build the eco-friendly business community that will comprise both large-scale warehouses and production facilities and start-ups.

Eco City will be certified by three major green building rating systems such as USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) and the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)'s programme.

The design comprises two large wind turbines atop of high-rise towers generating more than 10% of the complex's power while lighting of the site will be powered by solar technology.

The majority of the site will be covered with vertical gardens along with green roofs which will reduce the site's carbon footprint and increase leisure space.

The project will make use of environmentally friendly materials and include passive design techniques, and efficient façade and building design to reduce energy consumption by about 30%.

With the first phase already completed, phase two of the construction will start on the first high-rise tower that will accommodate a luxury hotel, restaurant and retail space.