Solar powered, car-less green village for Cape Town

The architecture firm Swisatec just announced plans to build a self-contained “Green Village” in Cape Town,  that will not only be completely car-free but also powered by solar energy. 

The project will take up around 40 hectares of land, and will feature a 1000 apartment units, doctor's’ offices, boutiques, schools and other amenities the residents would need to conduct their daily routines.

The village which has been dubbed, Blue Rock Village, won’t be developed from scratch as the existing Blue Rock Resort just outside of Cape Town will be upgraded to turn it into the car-less, solar powered utopia.

While residents won’t need cars to navigate the village, there will be underground parking available to residents who would need to travel the half-hour to the city. 

Apartments will range from one to four bedrooms, and will feature eco-friendly and non=toxic materials throughout. All the appliances will be A++ rated energy efficient, LEDs will be used throughout the entire project and it will also features to manage water usage and will also be able to run on self-generated solar power.

The project will cost a staggering R14-billion according to the estimates from Swisatec and construction is set to start as early as September 2016. 

(Images via Inhabitat)

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