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Dordrecht, a city in the Dutch province of South Holland, is aiming to be energy-neutral by 2050, yet the region continues to grow. For the Spoorzone — a planned community of 6,000 dwellings — Delft-based firm Mecanoo envisioned a high-density, low-impact community with elegant multi-family residences made predominantly of wood, the most sustainable material going.

Thanks to solar panels, heat pumps and thermal-energy storage, the homes will generate more renewable electricity than they consume, making the Spoorzone not just a population centre, but a power centre too.

Team Francine Houben and Armand Paardekooper Overman with Cris Mitry, Kai den Hollander, Rodrigo Louro, Ana Fontainhas, Xian Chen and Paul van den Hof

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Spoorzone Dordrecht

Thanks to solar panels, heat pumps and thermal-energy storage, the homes will generate more renewable electricity than they consume, making the Spoorzone not just a population centre, but a power centre too.

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