Type1:50 wood model
Size1,5 x 3 meters
LocationMeatpacking district, Copenhagen,Denmark
CollaboratorsSpace 10, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), WeMoveIdeas India, Blocktech
Responsible forDesign concept, ProductionPhoto creditIrina Boersma
SolarVille is an ambitious yet fully realisable vision for the future. Specifically, it’s a working prototype of a miniature neighbourhood completely powered by solar energy. Built to a 1:50 scale, some households generate their own renewable energy using solar panels, while others automatically purchase excess electricity directly from the producer using blockchain technology. The result is a model of a self-sufficient, community-driven microgrid where people trade renewable, affordable energy from one another according to their individual needs.
Our design approach was to turn a very complicated, technical project into something familiar, approachable and playful. We wanted to encourage interaction and therefore chose to use hardwood as the primary material, wood is warm and natural which contrasts with the technical aspect of the project.
Another important design decision was to to develop an inclusive architectural language, that combined building details and city structures from different cultures and countries, so SolarVille didn’t speak to one part of the world while alienating others. Through extensive research SolarVille has become a global village combining architectural details from around the world.Work in Progress: process talk together with Space10