VIRTUe strives for smart technology, sustainable building and city planning for solving environmental, social and economical sustainability problems.
We are a Dutch student team from Eindhoven University of Technology. Follow us on our journey to design, build & operate the world’s most sustainable house and urban solution for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 in Wuppertal, Germany!
VIRTUe is building a house and designing an urban concept that trasform the built environment and inspire people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
As the engineers of the future, we have a responsibility to tackle global sustainability problems. These problems are not just environmental but also social and economic.
With SDE21 set in Wuppertal and having a strong urban orientation, we are aiming to create a holistic solution that addresses not only environmental sustainability, but also socio-economic issues such as lifestyle, affordability, and overconsumption of space.
Our concept is centred around three main concepts: sustainable lifestyle, demographic diversity and urban intensification. We believe the built environment can be transformed to promote a sustainable lifestyle through collaboration between active users and passive systems. We aim to make sustainable living affordable, by creating a design that is useful to a wide range of people; a building that provides diverse functions for diverse demographics. Our proposal focuses on intensifying and efficiently using spaces by combining functions, on both building and urban scale
Our building will be a microcosm of our vision on an urban scale– a lively, interactive space which has a use 24/7.
Through the combined skills and efforts of our multi-disciplinary team, we are working on GRIT: a modular, vertical extension of an existing building. With GRIT, we define a unique reorganisation of space, using a modular framework and passive systems. We aim to provide diverse functions for diverse users to enhance demographic diversity. Although the concept proposes a global solution, it adapts to the peculiarities of the different morphological and social scenarios of European cities.