local+ ● Aachen, Germany
University ● FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences
Task ● Closing gaps, Mirke district, Wuppertal
About the team
‘LOCAL+ is more than just living – we bring movement into your life!‘ This is our vision for the Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22. We are team LOCAL+ from the University of Applied Sciences Aachen. Under the direction of Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Wollenweber, we started the competition with more than 20 architecture students. We are accompanied by research assistants, professors, fellow students from other faculties and partners as for example the Solar Institute Jülich.
LOCAL+ has set the goal to making the Mirker Quarter a more attractive neighbourhood. This goal is being pursuit by following two guidelines: promote social interaction and make a positive contribution to the planet. To promote social interaction, LOCAL+ has developed a housing concept for (temporarily) single people who want to be part of a community. The entire house serves as one large housing community while basement, ground floor and garden are communal areas. Here, the residents have breakfast together, watch a movie or grow their own vegetables.
On floors one to four there are small shared apartments which have a unique design: instead of having an ordinary floorplan with ordinary rooms, the CUBE was invented. The CUBE is a small movable and barrier-free room within the flat. It is fully equipped with everything the tenants need for their personal lifes. More furniture can be added from the outside.
But what is even more important: The CUBEs are fully movable. This means the floor plan can be adapted by the residents according to their daily needs. Up to three residents can live in one apartment, each in their own CUBE. Above that, there is a barrier-free bathroom and a pantry kitchen in each flat.
In addition to social interaction, the aim of LOCAL+ is to create a building that innovatively and intelligently integrates new energy and sustainability concepts. With a clever combination of different concepts for generating, storing and using energy, two thirds of the building‘s energy needs can be met. In addition, the circularity of the house is improved by an efficient and sufficient choice of materials and a deconstructable construction. In this way, the goal of reducing the CO2 footprint, as well as planning and building in a way that conserves resources, can be achieved.
The texts were written by the teams themselves and will be updated during the competition.