Danish architect Effekt designs off-grid village

Danish architect Effekt has designed a sustainable off-grid village in Almere in the Netherlands, 30km east of Amsterdam.

ReGen, a real estate company, will create a village with 100 energy-positive homes, organic food production, renewable energy and storage and water and waste recycling.

Houses are powered by solar panels and use passive heating and cooling systems.

Food is grown in greenhouses and homes form a "shared local eco-system".

Public areas include electric car stations and places for livestock, communal dining and community centres.

The studio will present the project at the Venice Biennale which is taking place this week.

The firm said ReGen Villages could meet some of the challenges of a growing population, such as "increasing urbanisation, scarcity of resources, the growing global food crisis as well as reducing the global carbon emission and reducing the burdens on municipal and national governments in dynamically changing planetary and economic times".

It said: "The model adds not only environmental and financial value, but also social value by creating the framework for empowering families and developing a true sense of community, reconnecting people with nature and consumption with production."

Effekt is planning pilot projects in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Projects are also being developed in Africa, China, and the UAE.

Construction on the Almere project is due to start this summer.

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