A facade that generates renewable energy
Judges select winning design for extension building of Federal Environment Agency in Dessau
What will the annex to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in Dessau-Roßlau that provides a workplace for 100 staff look like? The answer lies in the decision taken on 7 August 2012 following a cross-sectoral competition for architects and engineers. A distinguished jury of architects, engineers and other experts headed by the Dortmund-based architect Prof. Eckhard Gerber voted unanimously for the design by a bidding consortium of the Anderhalten Architekten architects of Berlin. The jury explained their decision, saying, “The creators of the winning design have found a most extraordinary way to meet the requirements of a zero-energy building. He continued, “On the one hand the design of this detached, four-storey, solitary structure represents a natural component of the entire property that fits into the urban surrounding, while making a strong contrastive statement with its unique architectural character on the other.“ The annex building will achieve zero-energy status at the least and meet the requirements of the gold standard in the federal assessment system for sustainable building. The energy needs will be sourced 100% from renewable energy. UBA is showing the winning design and all other submissions in an exhibition held from 15-26 August at its headquarters in Dessau-Roßlau. Admission is free.