Sustainable residence will provide community spirit as well as 'green' living
The city of Almere design competition for urban villas and a residential tower for the Cascade park has been won by FARO. The designs needed to fit within the ambition to develop the Cascade park as a ‘window of sustainability’: an inspiring example for ecological, social and economical sustainability.
The location of the tower, containing at least 57 residences, is unique forming the head (or tail) of the park. The tower is designed to become a part of the park with each of the residencies enjoying a view and many with a private garden in one of the circles on the parking deck.
The tower is sustainable wit the façade consisting of glass and PV & PCM panels, the roof has sun collectors and rain water will be collected to irrigate gardens and balconies. The building is designed to be energy neutral over the year. Additionally, the tower provides a high level of social sustainability: the residents will be involved with the park, the park is involved with the tower, and there are a number of elements that will promote a neighbourhood feel in this vertical city. For example, the tower will have a restaurant and collective DIY shops and guest quarters for the use of residents.
The building can be arranged in a number of ways. The system used for construction allows great flexibility in number of residences and arrangements of floor plans. Should the future desire another way of living, this tower can be easily adapted.
According to the jury, FARO developed a realistic ‘comfortable, sustainable’ design for a residential tower.