Estonia is putting its green face forward with a new sustainable city to be built next to its capital city of Tallinn. Architects from Schmidt Hammer Lassen have won a design competition for their Ecobay design, a realistic concept city that is sustainable and eco-friendly.
The city will be located on the Paliassaare peninsula overlooking the Baltic Sea, and will have everything from wind farms, to geothermal heating, to hydro electricity to run its schools, houses, shops and businesses. Sustaibable elements have been drawn into the city's structure; for example, it is designed to minimize the need for transportation, and building layouts take into account the harsh wind conditions and there are varying heights of structures so that solar and wind power are maximized.
We’ve seen a lot of sustainable concept cities pop up – many of them destined to stay concepts while others are starting to pan out – but this one has some serious potential to be all it’s drawn up to be. The new Ecobay will be built over the next 15 to 20 years, and will be home to about 6,000 people on the 481,000 square meters of space.
Via Ecofriend, Designboom, SHL