Swedish firm designs ecological settlement on the Faroe Islands
Swedish studio White Arkitekter won the Cities of the North competition for the best plan for an environmentally sustainable residential complex on the Faroe Islands in the North Sea.
Their proposed project “Eyes Runavika” won in the category “Vertical Challenge”.
Five houses per 100 apartments will be erected on a hillside that had not been inhabited before.
While working on the project, the authors investigated and developed “historical settlement models and agricultural practices where the meadow is used for grazing in the summer, and the cultivated land is mainly for growing crops”.
Each house has the form of a ring and is an autonomous communal object surrounded by meadows. It creates a special internal microclimate, here called “bøur”, which serves as an open social space for residents.
The outer public areas located inside each ring influence climatic parameters, increasing the biological diversity of the area. It becomes possible to grow vegetables and other plants even in the conditions of 62 ° north latitude, on which the archipelago is located.
Three-storey building with an area of 17,500 square meters. meters will be built using wood and wool of local sheep, which will reduce heat loss to zero.
Morten Vedelsbшl, creative director of White Arkitekter, said: “The minimum environmental impact begins with understanding and accepting the conditions and extracting the maximum possible from them.
We wondered how to create housing for people on such a steep hill and in such a harsh climate, and decided to turn this task into our own tool and distinctive feature. ”