In Marthashof ecological living is defined by geothermal energy, a wood-pellet heating system and rainwater recovery. Geothermal energy is a form of renewable energy and can be used to both heat and cool. Alternatively, the heating systems in Marthashof’s residential and commercial units are also designed to create extra warmth during the colder months with a wood-pellet heating system. Green spaces represent around 30 percent of the total surface area in Marthashof Urban Village and are maintained using rainwater that has been stored in underground cisterns.
But their sustainability concept doesn’t end there: Highly efficient building insulation, integrated heat exchangers to control the ventilation of living spaces, minimized thermal bridges and a generous green roof terrace make the Marthashof Urban Village, built by Stofanel Investment AG, a trail-blazing project.
Its buildings are enveloped in perforated façade panels manufactured by RMIG, the perforated plates and expanded metal specialists. The panels also serve to visually emphasize the modern construction design in Marthashof Urban Village.
In December 2011, the Stofanel Project Marthashof Urban Village in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg won the eco-immobilienawardberlin 2011. This new immobilienawardberlin award is dedicated to sustainable building and was bestowed for the first time in 2011. Previously it had been awarded biannually in the areas of residential and office construction, retail and specialist real estate.
The perforated plate façade made by RMIG surrounds several buildings in the environmentally-friendly Marthashof Urban Village in Berlin, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
The insulating building sheath is part of the sustainable building concept, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
The green areas take up roughly 30 percent of the entire space, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
In terms of heat generation, the developer looked to geothermal energy and wood pellet heating systems, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
The green areas are planned for communal use, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
Marthashof Urban Village has 140 residential and commercial units, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
Rainwater from underground cisterns is used to water the green areas, photo © Stofanel Investment AG
Marthashof Urban Village was awarded the first Eco Immobilien Award Berlin in 2011 for its sustainable building concept, photo: Stofanel Investment AG