Concept

NorthBank is an ecologically constructed urban area offering apartments for city dwellers, business premises for enterprises, and possibilities for various free time activities in communal areas. NorthBank incorporates global knowledge, and its circular economy solutions are both responsible and verifiable. The project also provides a platform for piloting new innovations in its smaller parts.

The NorthBank concept was created by CirEco Finland Oy, in collaboration with Jolma Arkkitehdit, Evolving Symbiotic Cities ESC Oy, and Ethica Oy.

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Concept

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NorthBank is an ecologically constructed urban area offering apartments for city dwellers, business premises for enterprises, and possibilities for various free time activities in communal areas. NorthBank incorporates global knowledge, and its circular economy solutions are both responsible and verifiable. The project also provides a platform for piloting new innovations in its smaller parts.

The NorthBank concept was created by CirEco Finland Oy, in collaboration with Jolma Arkkitehdit, Evolving Symbiotic Cities ESC Oy, and Ethica Oy.

Area

NorthBank can be implemented in different sizes, from a single building to an entire block, and provides apartments, job opportunities, and areas for leisure activities.  Thanks to its scalability, NorthBank is easy to implement in different environments, taking into account regional features, and adapting to match local ecosystems. During construction, sustainable and smart solutions are implemented, emphasising new ideas and urban culture.

Construction

The building design enables flexible development of the block and reuse of construction components.  We build ecologically and create environments that are both functional and natural.

The concept is designed and built in line with the “Built Positive” initiative, which guarantees circular economy approaches and minimises waste generation by design. Purity of materials, non-toxicity, safety, and health are part of our quality assurance and value measurement.  The welfare of people, nature, and the environment are strong considerations during the materials selection process.

The buildings are designed in a manner that maximises the technical and biological cycles of the components. Since every component can be considered a raw material, identification of the components and materials is crucial. Waste generation is minimised by design at every stage: materials, products, and the buildings themselves. All materials used are documented in the material bank, allowing them to be used again in the future.

Flexible and diverse reuse of components enables a longer life cycle for the building parts, resulting in lower material consumption and reducing the carbon footprint of the construction. Flexible structural solutions are implemented by grouping the permanent structures and technical systems in the solid foundation, as well as by utilising transferable frameworks and modular structural elements.

Urban mining enables the management of man-made materials, for example buildings, and their subsequent reuse as industrial raw materials, as part of a bigger material utilisation concept and thus links to waste reduction and circular economy thinking.

Construction

The building design enables flexible development of the block and reuse of construction components.  We build ecologically and create environments that are both functional and natural.

The concept is designed and built in line with the “Built Positive” initiative, which guarantees circular economy approaches and minimises waste generation by design. Purity of materials, non-toxicity, safety, and health are part of our quality assurance and value measurement.  The welfare of people, nature, and the environment are strong considerations during the materials selection process.

The buildings are designed in a manner that maximises the technical and biological cycles of the components. Since every component can be considered a raw material, identification of the components and materials is crucial. Waste generation is minimised by design at every stage: materials, products, and the buildings themselves. All materials used are documented in the material bank, allowing them to be used again in the future.

Flexible and diverse reuse of components enables a longer life cycle for the building parts, resulting in lower material consumption and reducing the carbon footprint of the construction. Flexible structural solutions are implemented by grouping the permanent structures and technical systems in the solid foundation, as well as by utilising transferable frameworks and modular structural elements.

Urban mining enables the management of man-made materials, for example buildings, and their subsequent reuse as industrial raw materials, as part of a bigger material utilisation concept and thus links to waste reduction and circular economy thinking.

Vision

Our vision is to design smarter solutions for future generations. The construction sector is the most polluting industry, and is in need of new operating models, technical solutions, and cleaner materials. Circular economy is a growing market demand and new solutions are playing a significant role in the European Union’s national and regional climate goals. A growing number of regional development projects are paying more attention to circular economy principles and models of action through the following angles: more efficient distribution of resources, purity and non-toxicity of building materials, recycling, and longer life cycle through design. In addition, sustainable construction significantly reduces construction-related pollution and climate impact. 

Advancing circular economy solutions requires cooperation throughout the value chain, from materials manufacturers to architects, interior designers, owners, builders, banks, and sponsors. Circular economy construction requires an environment which aligns politics, standards, and regulations, as well as cooperative networks. Added value is ensured by building, maintaining, and securing the circulation of buildings and building products while identifying the materials and thus optimising their use.

Vision

Our vision is to design smarter solutions for future generations. The construction sector is the most polluting industry, and is in need of new operating models, technical solutions, and cleaner materials. Circular economy is a growing market demand and new solutions are playing a significant role in the European Union’s national and regional climate goals. A growing number of regional development projects are paying more attention to circular economy principles and models of action through the following angles: more efficient distribution of resources, purity and non-toxicity of building materials, recycling, and longer life cycle through design. In addition, sustainable construction significantly reduces construction-related pollution and climate impact. 

Advancing circular economy solutions requires cooperation throughout the value chain, from materials manufacturers to architects, interior designers, owners, builders, banks, and sponsors. Circular economy construction requires an environment which aligns politics, standards, and regulations, as well as cooperative networks. Added value is ensured by building, maintaining, and securing the circulation of buildings and building products while identifying the materials and thus optimising their use.