Architecture

A sustainable building has a lot to do with beauty. To make it durable, the beauty and structure of the building design should convince the present and the future generations. An even more challenging task in a vibrant urban context!

What is the Solar Decathlon?

The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international student competition. Teams from universities all over the world compete in 10 Disciplines not only to design but also to build highly efficient and innovative buildings fully powered by renewable energies. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that produces utopian ideas and brings future to todays life. It provides a hands-on experience and unique training that prepares the competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The transformation towards a circular, sustainable, marketable and affordable building industry starts now!

The Solar Decathlon went viral

Since its introduction in 2002 the Solar Decathlon 2005 was the first one with international participants from Canada and Spain. In the following years the contest became more and more international with Teams from Germany, Belgium, China and other countries. In 2010 the first Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) occurred. It took place in Madrid and was hosted by Spanish governmental officials. Its success lead to another Solar Decathlon Europe competition in 2012 in Madrid an the SDE14 then took place in Versailles, France. In 2016 the Energy Endeavour Foundation was established. The EEF is a non-profit organisation which ensures the continuity of the SDE. They call for hosting cities and for participating teams for the SDE competition.
2002
2005
2010
2016
2021/22

What‘s the plan for SDE21/22?

The Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 (in 2022) takes place in Wuppertal, Germany. 18 Teams from many different countries all over the world participate the contest and find solution to revitalise urban building stocks and provide urban densification in clever, energy efficient and beautiful ways.

The Problem

More living Space needed Rare spaces in urban areas available No nature in urban areas available

The Solution

Intelligent urban redesification Avoid new land sealing

But how?

But how?

Three ways of urban redensification

Renovation &

Extension

Although the other two urban situations also deal with interesting topics, urban situation 3 thrilled us the most, even though it might be the most complex one! We are deeply ambitious, we aim high and that's why we chose the renovation and addition of storey as our topic for the SDE21/22. Without sealing new areas, we create new and attractive living space by adding storeys on top of existing buildings and besides increase urban density in a cool way. Roof top extensions open up many possibilities of implementing solar energy, roof top gardens and many other opportunities that improve living conditions in a responsible and sustainable way.

Closing Gaps

Renovation &

addition of storeys

The Jury gives 120 Points
| building design | site and solar system integration | interior design
Supported by: on the basis of a decisionby the German Bundestag

What is the Solar Decathlon ?

The Solar Decathlon Europe is an international student competition. Teams from universities all over the world compete in 10 Disciplines not only to design but also to build highly efficient and innovative buildings fully powered by renewable energies. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that produces utopian ideas and brings future to todays life. It provides a hands-on experience and unique training that prepares the competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The transformation towards a circular, sustainable, marketable and affordable building industry starts now!
The Solar Decathlon went viral

What‘s the plan for SDE21/22?

Our Choice: vertical Extension
Three ways of
But how ?
Since its introduction in 2002 the Solar Decathlon 2005 was the first one with international participants from Canada and Spain. In the following years the contest became more and more international with Teams from Germany, Belgium, China and other countries. In 2010 the first Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) occurred. It took place in Madrid and was hosted by Spanish governmental officials. Its success lead to another Solar Decathlon Europe competition in 2012 in Madrid an the SDE14 then took place in Versailles, France.. In 2016 the Energy Endeavour Foundation was established. The EEF is a non-profit organisation which ensures the continuity of the SDE. They call for hosting cities and for participating teams for the SDE competition.
The Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 (in 2022) takes place in Wuppertal, Germany. 18 Teams from many different countries all over the world participate the contest and find solution to revitalise urban building stocks and provide urban densification in clever, energy efficient and beautiful ways.
Although the other two urban situations also deal with interesting topics, urban situation 3 thrilled us the most, even though it might be the most complex one! We are deeply ambitious, we aim high and that's why we chose the renovation and addition of storey as our topic for the SDE21/22 ! Without sealing new areas, we create new and attractive living space by adding storeys on top of existing buildings and besides increase urban density in a cool way. Roof top extensions open up many possibilities of implementing solar energy, roof top gardens and many other opportunities that improve living conditions in a responsible and sustainable way.
After the Second World War they didn't have the time and the money to construct attractive buildings or even think of high energy efficiency standards. Renovatingthese buildings and rethinking their floor plan has high potentials to create suitable living space.
Sometimes even in big cities there is some space left between two existing buildings. Nobody cares about these areas so they become messy and unable to use. Closing these gaps not only increases the urban density but also repairs run-down city spaces.
More living Space needed Rare spaces in urban areas available No nature in urban areas available
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First Solar Decathlon in Germany (Wuppertal)
student competition interdisciplinary practically oriented
2002 2005 2010
2016
2021- 2022
The Problem
Intelligent urban redesification The Solution Avoid new land sealing
1. Renovation & Extension
2. Closing Gaps
Adding one or more storeys to an existing building - and renovating the existing building - is a great opportunity to create new living, residence and meeting space, which revives the whole quarter. Already today, more and more buildings are being vertically extended.
3. Renovation & addition of storeys

urban redensification

Architecture

A sustainable building has a lot to do with beauty. To make it durable, the beauty and structure of the building design should convince the present and the future generations. An even more challenging task in a vibrant urban context!
The Jury gives 120 Points
| building design | site and solar system integration | interior design