At the beginning of the third millennium Solar City is Austria‘s largest urban development project. This first phase includes a neighborhood of 4,500 residents is designed for a site of 32.5 ha, including 20 ha of open space. The vision is for totally sustainable architecture and urban living, creating a new benchmark in high quality liveable city design.
Atelier Dreiseitl worked together with renowned Architects - Norman Forster, Richard Rogers, Thomas Herzog to compose an overall sustainable urban concept. The innovative landscape concepts offers outstanding recreational spaces within the urban area, including a new beach and swimming lake, thus protecting the adjacent Traun-Danube wetland woodland, a registered "Natura 2000” site.
Stormwater management inside of the new housing development helps support the water table and water quality in the floodplain and serves to increase the local aquifer recharge inside of the built environment.The surface drainage is handled with open channels and swales and infiltrates mostly inside the green belt. Design guidelines were developed to facilitate the long term implementation of the design concepts into a phased construction process.
This project was carried out by Atelier Dreiseitl, now member of the Ramboll Group.