Generously sized mixed-use cultural and residential facility in Nuuk designed to have minimal environmental impact
Regional Associates and 42 Architects have collaborated on the design of a mixed use scheme for Nuuk, Greenland. The design is part of a larger masterplan designed by TNT Nuuk (GL) and Dahl&Uhre architects (NO) (D&U in collaboration with MDH architects (NO). The project is currently being exhibited in Nuuk, Greenland.
The project is comprised of the following main elements: 35 apartments, ranging from two to four room configurations; retail spaces along the southern edge of the site; community spaces including workshops, studios and greenhouses; and a productive landscape of private and communal allotments in between the houses.
The project is designed to have minimal environmental impact, using the Passivhaus standard to achieve a zero-energy development. The design is optimised for maximum solar gain while minimising the effects of cold northerly winds. This has resulted in the faceted sculpting of the building volumes, a large triple-glazed south elevation and a solid and highly insulated north elevation.
The sharp and layered aesthetic is taking inspiration from the harsh surrounding landscape, while the white and highly reflective ceramic facade subtly reflects and accentuates the seasonal variation in light and colour. Internally, the flats are arranged around a central glazed 'green core' atrium which holds the vertical circulation as well as large planter boxes for communal use.