Degree of Freedom is an international civil and structural engineering practice with offices in Oslo, Valencia and Athens. We design bridges, buildings and special structures, in timber, steel, and concrete. We are architecture oriented and innovative.
Degree of freedom has been working with the design team of this competition in order to deliver a sustainable, cost-effective, innovative, concept building. The motto of the project, “Harvest”, embodies the meaning of our approach to design a truly sustainable building. This kind of buildings can become climate regulators that produce more energy than they use, can store CO2, can use materials with a measurable positive impact on humans, can reduce and recycle the use of other materials and can create a healthy, safe, beautiful and inspiring environment.
Our sustainable strategy is to use materials, constructions methods, energy systems and installation infrastructure that follow the main principles of the C2C approach: Mimic closed loops of natural process, maximize the use of renewable energy for the construction and exploitation of the building and design the best-tailored solution to create a healthy environment for this specific location.
At the same time these kinds of interventions have to be economically viable, and this is the other important guiding principle of our proposal. Our three most innovative proposals to turn this into a reality are:
Use massive timber elements as the essential structural material for a highrise building, which is a natural, healthy, renewable and, in this case, a local material.
Active House Concept that harvests energy and excess heat trapped in the building.
The real challenge lies in proposing the above solutions that radically improve the environmental performance while balancing costs with market willingness. Harvest goes beyond BG14 and the refurbishment of Posthuset. It is a concept of a new and innovative way to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
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