The courtyard’s main landscape concept is a low moving wall, which encircles the entire courtyard. We call it ‘The Climate Wall’. Outside The Climate Wall there is access to the staircases and areas for daily activities, sheds, fire rescue etc. are created. In the center of the courtyard a greenhouse is created with room for subtropical plants, wine, germination, daily activities and joint events. The greenhouse is unheated, but the glass facades collect the sun’s energy and extend the outdoor season in the courtyard with up to 100 days.
Inside The Climate Wall the green heart of the future is formed with the lake area, areas for play and stay, kitchen gardens and water games. In the case of extreme cloudburst, the basin is filled on the inside of The Climate Wall with rainwater from the courtyard and roofs. Thereby, the large amount of rainwater does not go directly into the sewage system and fills op the city’s basements.
In The Courtyard Of The Future the renovation is implemented with reused and upcycled building materials – such an approach is never seen before! This means that all the upcycled waste and building materials have had a previous life in another building. By doing so the renovation saves the environment for high amounts of CO2 as the materials are reused and given new functions – instead of producing new materials.