As part of the Self Sufficient neighbourhood project, the City Council of Barcelona invited the Design and Architecture Schools of Barcelona to participate in a competition for the design of a Self-Sufficient Neighborhood in Torre Baró. In particular, the schools were given 2 plots of land in which to design a Self-Sufficient house prototype as well as a productive public space. The idea is that these projects be implemented onsite soon.
The schools participating, ETSAB, ETSAV, UIC, La Salle and IAAC, all gathered at the public library of Torre Baró to present the outcomes of their proposals to an official jury board, led by Chief Architect of the City Council Vicente Guallart, and later joined by the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias.
IAAC’s proposal was that of a Self-Sufficient house and productive land, focusing on 3 main aspects:
– The use of 100% local materials for its construction, considering these local materials as coming from Collserola park (wool, woods and local plants)
– The energetic self-sufficiency based on one side on the reduction of the electric consumption (thanks to passive or more efficient systems) and on the other side on the self-production of the energy needed.
– Social activation, proposing the development of activities and environments that are able to offer a service to the community as well as to enhance its identity.