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SUSTAINABILITY


The sports-themed project – designed by architects LAVA – will be based on sustainability and will include three towers of gold, silver and bronze


THE:SQUARE3 - SUSTAINABLE LIVING


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ew sport-inspired mixed-use development The:Square3, which will consist of three towers of gold, silver and bronze, is expected to open in Berlin in 2017. Located near the Olympic sports


centre and Europe’s largest urban nature reserve, The:Square3 urban quarter will offer sports-themed hotels, a medical and research centre, sports education facilities and sport-themed retail experiences all in one place. There will also be offices for sports companies and clubs, 1,000 apartments and a green piazza. Conceived by Berlin-based developer Moritz Gruppg and designed by architects LAVA, the 146,000sq m (1.5m sq ft)


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urban project is based on three main themes: sport, life and nature. Sustainability is a key feature. The building shapes will maximise daylight, reducing the need for artifical light and energy use, while naturally ventilated spaces throughout the complex will minimise mechanical ventilation. Rainwater will also be collected and reused in toilets and for grey water use.


Rising above a sport ‘podium’ will be Eco solutions include green ‘roof-scapes’


the three towers of varying heights, with Olympic themed facades. Each tower will be tapered towards the top to maximise sunlight, views and ventilation. The life aspect of the project will focus on the essentials for a high-quality and healthy urban existence. Meanwhile, nature will be found throughout the development with green features in all three blocks. The apartments will have diagonally placed spaces, green roof- scapes with cascading balconies and integrated garden courtyards, and will overlook playing fields. Dirk Moritz, MD of Moritz Grouppe said: “For us The:Square3 is more than just a development project, it’s a philosophy. Living in a big city is an experience. A good mix of people, culture and lifestyles is what makes a city interesting and worth living in. Our goal is to answer the question: “How do we want to live in the future?” l


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