Picture a commercial structure where recycling rainwater is a standard feature and all energy comes from the production of solar power. Imagine a place where the rooftops are covered with different types of foliage designed to soak in the sun and produce oxygen. A place where people from different countries come together to experience a structure powered from natural and renewable resources. Europa City is just such a place and soon will become a reality.
This unique commercial structure is the idea of Manuelle Gautrand architects. The concept was to create an environmentally friendly place of multicultural experiences. It will consist of a series of walkways that are intertwining loops. It will be constructed on 200 acres of land located near the Charles de Gaule Airport in Roissy and Paris. The winning designs for Europa City were produced by the Danish Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG.)
Europa City has been designed as a master planned community that will be a natural part of the surrounding countryside. All of the rooftop space will have trees and shrubbery and appear to simply be rolling hills. Beneath this will be numerous retail outlets, hotels, a variety of eating establishments, entertainment facilities and more. The designs also have a large water park and space reserved for a circus. The plans even call for the construction for a huge indoor hill made for skiing.
The designs have the streets in Europa City in an unusually shaped oval. The total area of the city will cover 8.5 million square feet. When it comes to traveling around Europa City a number of walkways, bicycle paths and electronic transportation will be available. Since it is designed in a loop, there is no way a person can get lost. Getting around the city will be fast, efficient and ecofriendly.
Unfortunately anyone who would like to live in Europa City will have to wait. It has been designed without any residential space. It has been created to initially serve the needs of business. Those who do go there will be able to experience six different areas. Each area will have a specific theme representing the numerous districts of Europe.
Europa City will provide a place for people from around the world to see a wide variety of cultures, as well as engage in various types of leisure activity. The main reason this is such a very different structure from other ones is how the commercial space doesn’t attempt to stand out from the surrounding natural environment. Europa City has been made so it will become a part of nature. It will be the perfect blend of urban needs satisfied by a natural environment. This could easily be a model for other ecofriendly commercial structures that could be located around the world.
This master planned community may be just the starting point for future business structures. Europa City will be able to reduce the use of fossil fuels and still meet all its energy requirements. It could be the start of many structures designed to blend in with the natural environment instead of dominating it.