Rotterdam based architects, MVDRV won the Gwanggyo Power Center Competition with their design of a new self-sufficient city just south of Seoul, South Korea. The plan consists of a series of overgrown hill shaped buildings and will house offices, shops, residences, and educational facilities. These buildings will be interconnected on the lower floors. Concentrating work-play in a common area means reduction in commutes and dependency on auto and transportation systems.
The cluster of building rises up in concentric rings, and each floor is lined with plantations that improve ventilation while reducing energy and water consumption. The roofs and terraces of the buildings will be lined with box hedges. An interal irrigation system stores extra water and sustains these green structures. The site is surrounded by a lake and forrests. The estimated completion of this project is slated for 2011.
Go green buildings!!
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