Local resources


In the north of The Netherlands, in the city of Groningen, a new building has emerged from the ground. The Mass, built out of bricks baked from clay farmland from the area, ensures optimum use of local resources. The shape that has been made is a way to suit the environment but also have a fast moving shadow so everyone has direct light. On the location the design blocks the wind for 90% of the time to ensure the inhabitants will have a good living climate. A groundsource heat pump has been installed to heat the entire building. The sun is captured by solar panels to give electricity to the apartments.