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A group of residents of Brussels teamed up and worked together to build Brutopia, a large scale cohousing project. Their focus was set on durability, prosperity, ecology and social diversity. The new building project, within a stone’s throw of the contemporary art centre Wiels, exists out of 2 volumes, connected by a large shared garden. Brutopia exists out of 29 apartements, some business spaces and a local service centre. The result is a mix of living en working. The themes ‘planet’, ‘people’, ‘prosperity’ and ‘participation’ are threaded through this innovative complex. Planet: sustainability The site was chosen because of her good connection to general public transport facilities. Besides this, a large scale bicycle parking has been created and the inhabitants have set up a car sharing system. Out of the 29 apartments, 27 are considered as ‘passive’ housing and the 2 others as ‘very-low energy’ housing. Seven dwellings are zero energy entities. The roofs are provided with rainwater recuperation systems and solar panels. In 2009, Brutopia got the ‘example building’ price, that has been handed out by Brussels Environment. In 2013, Brutopia won the blue house price for sustainable and affordable housing. View more View full description
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