Tower-garden at Sant Adrià del Besòs

In the era of sustainability and ecology, urban plans must incorporate “virtuous cycles” that imitate nature. It is necessary to ensure that all of the resources are used appropriately before they are thrown away. To do this, it is crucial to have an in-depth understanding of sustainability strategies.

This implies designing projects that incorporate passive design strategies, use energy efficient building systems which actively take advantage of renewable energy sources and incorporate vegetation. It is also important to control the workings of the building using regulation and control systems.

The tower-garden project uses one of the residential towers foreseen in the urban plan on the architectural scale. It incorporates vegetation into the upper levels of the building; this is not only an aesthetic option, but also contributes to its functionality and sustainability. The vegetation regulates rainwater, improves air quality, reduces noise and alleviates stress. This constitutes an evocative reinterpretation of the “garden city” movement of the early 20th century. A high-rise apartment with a garden, located in the centre of the city, can generate the same type of comfort and sense of well-being as a house with a garden located in the suburbs of a city, with the difference that the former consumes far fewer resources.

Team: Fatima-Azzahra Bendahmane, Leonardo Reina, Claudio Cenedese, Edgar Beltrán, Jorge Vieira