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Turbine City | OnOffice

January 29, 2010

On Office is a young architecture firm that provides architectural design services at all scales, sites, and programs, in accordance to an ever-maturing process, strategy, and theory. The firm is led by four partners (Joao Vieira Costa, Leon Rost, Ricardo Guedes, Francesco Moncada) that met at Rem Koolhaas’ studio Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA and Plot (BIG +JDS Architects). They have really interesting projects and works in progress, but in light of yesterday’s news on the Collective Wind Turbine in Catalonia, we thought we’d focus on their project Turbine City.

Norway has perhaps the best conditions in the world for utilizing offshore wind power. Its coastline is the longest and windiest in Europe and largely unsaturated with turbines. The oil industry has given the country vast expertise in offshore foundations, as well as immense investment capital. It has half of Europe’s hydropower to couple wind power.

As we can read at TreeHugger:

“The scandinavian country is the 5th biggest exporter of oil in the world, but it also has the longest coastline in Europe and lots of strong wind. A 30-page report vy the Energy Council, comprising business leaders and officials, says: “Norway ought to have access to up to 40 terrawatt hours of renewable energy in 2020-2025, of which about half would come from offshore wind power.”


The EU commission has committed to deriving 20% of its total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Norway has the capacity to surpass this goal and become an exporter of the EU’s newest tradable good, renewable energy.

From the press release:

Norway has already begun speculation on such a venture, yet offshore wind farms are meeting strong resistance, mainly due to misinformation and ungrounded skepticism. What Norway needs to propel wind power is a flagship wind farm to promote and celebrate its newest investment.

In this context, OnOffice is proposing a complete city, a Turbine City based on the increasing scale of wind turbines that finally allows habitable spaces and within the turbines. In this project, the 49 turbines would be enough to supply about 120 thousand homes, in addition to an hotel that will be be self-sustaining.

More info about the project at OnOffice web-site.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Barrie Suddery permalink
    February 2, 2010 6:32 pm

    That is staggering!

    I’m amazed at the levels of creativity that people put into the quest for renewable energy scources.

    This should certainly silence all those who keep complaining that wind turbines are ugly and ruin the landscape. I’d love to see something like this outside my window!

    Anyone interested should visit the Venus Project website and see the amazing ideas put forward there, not just for architecture, but for the future organisation of our world.

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