Green and sustainable
Preserving, protecting, and planting
The new park will create a green ribbon running alongside the street through the neighborhood, combining various ecological functions with an open space that will enhance the urban climate. This park, designed for various kinds of use, will replace a previously tarmacked area.
As part of the construction work, any protected animal species currently living on the site will be documented by experts. After coordination with the relevant authorities, these species will be relocated to ecological compensation areas as part of species protection programs. BUWOG has already successfully carried out similar measures elsewhere, the relocation of sand lizards in Berlin being one notable example.
Great construction, great climate
Most of the buildings will have green roofs, which ensure natural insulation and a pleasant living climate. Green roofs are also habitats for insects, birds, and microorganisms, and are important for rainwater retention. Green roof surfaces cool the air naturally when water evaporates via the leaves, thus ensuring a pleasant microclimate.
Recreation areas and green spaces for everyone
Clean-up and unsealing work
The large-scale unsealing that will take place as part of work on the new neighborhood will also affect the soil. Unlike during the former commercial use of the area, where around 80% of the surfaces on front part of the site were sealed, the new neighborhood will have water infiltration areas and green roofs on the buildings. This has the significant environmental benefit of returning rainwater to the natural water cycle via infiltration or evaporation. Known as the ‘sponge city’ principle, this is an important factor in ensuring that towns and cities are resilient to climate change. BUWOG received the 2020 German Housing Award from bodies including the Bundesstiftung Baukultur for a similar project, the Quartier 52° Nord in Berlin.
Working together for the common good: social sustainability
Social sustainability also includes creating quality features that benefit everyone. These include the planned day care center, with space for 100 children, and areas for play, exercise and relaxation around the neighborhood park and the riverside promenade.
This brings different areas together to create a diverse neighborhood with a good social mix. For more info, see the descriptions of the various sub-areas.
Individual issues relating to sustainability in the new neighborhood are currently being worked on and developed in greater depth in workshops. Look out for more information on this in the Current news section.