Greeen! Architects shared their competition proposal for a new library and office building for the University Duisburg-Essen, in Germany. The young architectural practice specifically focuses on ecological and sustainable design approaches. For their proposal, a large ecological complex intends to “create a place where city and university are woven together.”
More about the proposal after the break.
The “Bibliosphere”, a transparent and naturally ventilated environment, provides a dominant focal point for the complex. The strong element differs from its surroundings and “becomes a unique city- and landmark.” The facade of the sphere is orientated toward the city and implements a variety of ecological strategies to provide a comfortable atmosphere for users. The reading rooms benefit from natural ventilation and lighting, solar protection and generous view of the cityscape.
The project aims to acheieve a gold certification through the German Sustainable Building Council. By using renewable energy ressources and avoiding fossil fuels, the complex’s energy consuption is more than 50% less in comparison to actual German standards.