Interesting news for green building fans. Spanish architectural studio SelgasCano and design-based architecture office Urban Design won together the invited, international competition (2014 – 2015) for the new Planning and Administrative Offices for the City of Stockholm (client), Sweden. The proposal, called Drivhus (Greenhouse), has been awarded with the first place. This extraordinary green building is made to combine daily office work with green wellbeing.
Drivhus Provides a Green Working Environment for 1,800 People
The planed building will be located in the urban district called Söderstaden, south of the city center. This area is slated for redevelopment. Providing a working environment for 1800 people, Drivhus also offers an open, democratic space for civil servants, politicians and the public. In the new Planning and Administrative Office, they are invited to meet and discuss the future development of the city.
With a gross floor area of 45,000 sq. meters, Drivhus is seen as a larger re-vitalized urban space. According to the proposal, it transforms the existing context of large-scale, event structures into a more humane environment with a natural park area as its centerpiece. Housing, shopping and cultural activities are placed around this center.
The greenery of the park will continue in the building, literally crawling up “under the skin” of the technically advanced double-façade made of ETFE, thereby becoming an integral part of the building’s energy and ventilation system. A temperated zone for growing plants is provided in the in-between space of the facade and a welcome complement to the working spaces within.