The award-winning, Copenhagen-based architectural firm EFFEKT is to start building self-sustaining, off-grid villages this summer.


Unlike M. Night Shyamalan's sinister (and fictional) ''The Village'', EFFEKT's ReGen Village is completely modern. A future host of residents who don't only harvest their own food but just as conveniently charge their electric cars, since the village is perfectly capable of producing its own energy. Life there will be as green as it gets.

So, if you're in favour of sustainable living, this might be a great idea for you to look into. According to EFFEKT's website, their visionary concept for self-sustaining urban eco-communities is built on five pillars: energy positive homes; door-step high-yield organic food production, so you don't ever need to go to the store and buy packaged or canned food; mixed renewable energy and storage, so you can easily access internet, but this time you'd be doing it the green way; water and waste recycling to actively help the environment and empowerment of local communities to become self-sufficient and independent. 

Tech-integrated, pre-fabricated homes with natural ventilation are powered by photovoltaic solar panels and feature a built-in water collection. Residents can enjoy the vertical aquaponic farming spaces and share water storage facilities. Special areas are intended for livestock, social dining, playgrounds for children, waterpark and community learning centers.

For example, a family of three would require 639 m2, as per EFFEKT, to lead a perfectly self-sustainable way of living - along with the home, the family would be entitled to a greenhouse, an aquaponic area, a seasonal garden, livestock area, solar cells and water storage system.

EFFEKT states that the first ReGen Village pilot community is to be developed in Almere in Netherlands, with 100 homes breaking ground this summer of 2016. After that, they're will also start building pilot projects in Sweden, Germany, Norway, and Denmark. Plans in the early stages include communities in China, Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well.

May 26, 2016 Living photo: EFFEKT Arkitekter ApS

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