The Elithis Tower in Dijon has been heralded as ’the most sober building in the world’. Even more striking than the building is its visionary builder, Thierry Bièvre. “Energy savings are driven by brainpower rather than by technology.”
His aim was to combine aesthetics, urban integration, comfort, and energy efficiency in an environmentally friendly building at the same cost as a traditional building. So the specifications had to be very strict. “Brainpower was used to compensate for any funds required over and above the cost of a traditional building.”
The Elithis Tower, the result of his efforts, started in 2006 and completed in April 2009, is above all sober. Energy efficiency takes priority over using renewable energy. “We didn’t draw the building,
we wrote it down for the architect.”
Read interesting article by Hughes Belin published in the European Energy Efficient Magasine. Link to the article here (link).