The swiss Team’s project NeighborHub aims to create community spirit by offering a place dedicated to learning and exchanging ideas to create a more sustainable future. The house can be used as a workspace, a conference room, a community dining space, a local market, or a gardening area, as well as provide functional living and sleeping space. NeighborHub’s multipurpose spaces are arranged in a layered configuration connected by wide openings to ensure good airflow. The team intends 100% of the house’s exterior walls to be used for energy production. Solar panels are integrated on the east, east, south and west façades of the building to harvest maximum energy, while the roof is used for water collection and as green space.
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NeighborHub is more than a house. The Swiss Team’s goal is to create a shared space that helps to build and sustain the community around it. By demonstrating innovative solutions and providing a space to collaborate, NeighborHub has the potential to support Switzerland’s urban and energy transition by emphasizing seven themes: renewable energy, water management, waste management, mobility, food, material choices, and biodiversity. NeighborHub is designed with multifunctional spaces that can change to meet the needs of the community—from a dining space for a community meal to a conference room for educational workshops to a bike-repair shop or local market. This flexibility ensures that, over time, the house will meet the needs of the greatest number of occupants while using the least amount of land and facilitating strong connections within the neighborhood. NeighborHub’s flexibility is illustrated in elements such as the façades, which support solar panels, plants, aquaponics, and a solar dryer. Inside, easily movable furniture allows spaces to be reconfigured to accommodate different groups.