Logroño Montecorvo Eco City



Dutch architects MVRDV and Spanish architects GRAS have won a competition to design a new carbon-neutral city in La Rioja, Spain.


The development will cover two hills and will include 3,000 social homes with sports facilities, retail, restaurants and gardens. The buildings will occupy 10% of the 56 ha site, with the remaining space used for energy production and as a public park.


All energy required by the city will be generated by solar cells and and wind turbines. The city will also incorporate a greywater circuit and natural water purification.


A museum and viewing point hidden in the top of one of the hills will house a research and promotion centre for renewable and energy-efficient technology.


The following text is from MVRDV:


Government of Rioja gives green light to MVRDV’s Logroño Montecorvo Eco City

The government of the Spanish province and autonomous community Rioja has decided to go ahead with the development of the extension to Logroño. The Eco-City designed by MVRDV in collaboration with GRAS foresees the construction of 3,000 social homes and complementary program. The new neighbourhood achieves a CO2 neutral footprint by producing renewable energy on site. The total investment is 388 million Euro.


The 56 ha site, just north of Logroño on the two small hills of Montecorvo and la Fonsalada, offers views over the city and vast south facing slopes. The masterplan is designed in a compact way occupying only 10 % of the site: the linear compact urban development meanders through the landscape, providing every apartment with views towards the city. In addition sports facilities, retail, restaurants, infrastructure and public and private gardens are part of the plan.


The remaining landscape becomes an eco-park: a mix of park and energy production. As the slopes are south facing solar energy is easily generated. A tapestry of PV-cells clad the mountain, covering the hills in golden reflection. On top of the two hills, windmills generate part of the energy needed for the 3.000 social houses and at the same time they work as landmarks for the development. 100% of the energy demand is generated on site by a combination of solar and wind energy. A greywater circuit and on site natural water purification are parts of the plan that combines dense urban living with real ecological improvements. All these measurements will allow the new development to reach a CO2 neutral footprint and the highest Spanish energy efficiency rating.


Next to this, by building as compact as possible (following the optimal height line of the hill) the building costs are minimized. A further part of the plan is the construction of a funicular accessing a museum and viewing point hidden in the top of Montecorvo which will also house a research and promotion centre for renewable and energy efficient technology. The on site production of clean energies and the quality of construction will allow to save an excess of 6,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.


The total sum of investment is 388 million Euro of which 40 million will be invested in renewable energy technology. MVRDV won the competition in collaboration with Spanish architecture office GRAS. Client is the city of Logroño; the project will be developed by Spanish firms LMB and Grupo Progea and was conceived in collaboration with Arup.


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  • Matt

    Next step is to produce a city that is carbon negative to offset all the cities that are currently carbon positive. A step in the right direction. Good work.

  • Brutalist Bob

    This reminds me of Park Hill in Sheffield, England!

  • abe

    humm…it’s fine…

  • edward

    Exhilarating in its scale! Reminiscent of Corbu’s scheme for Algiers.

  • José Miguel Fainsod

    aqui esta eco city

  • roadkill

    lots of green bling…. does not quite make it into a ecoscheme

  • Sergi

    There are 1 million homes that are waiting to be sold in Spain, plus 3 million empty homes, bought by investors. It is incredible that they are still building more just to keep some constructors busy.

  • roadkill

    hey Sergi… lets burn this baby down… architecture is a killer

  • mama

    Another “greenwash” scheme. No mention of where all the building materials come from and how is the project going to offset that before it becomes “”CO2 neutral”. Today, all you need to attach to your project is either “green” or “sustainable” and it’s a winner. Here is a fundamental problem with which architects refuce to deal: To save the planet we need to BUILD LESS and that is something no architect wants to hear.

    Hey, MVRDV, what’s now left of your “eco” expo pavilion?

  • freedom

    eco-gadgetry doesn’t necessarily mean ecodesign.

  • pff

    mvrdv’s architectural farts lately contribute massively to the CO2-polution.

    hopefully they’re not going to produce another 2kg of paper book on this project…paper is made of trees Winny!

  • One

    Another hit and run eco project by Dutch design. I am a bit fed up with this hit and run project. What should man do twenty years after…?

  • Belgian Architect

    I couldnt agree more with what “mama” is stating above

  • William

    I know it’s just sexy collage stuff but the right sentiments are there. A park which might mix the recreational needs of the development with local energy production is an idea that landscape architecture/urban design needs to explore further. It’s very well for MAMA to say BUILD LESS but when the planet’s human population and inherent slums keep growing – innovation in residential master planning and energy production is needed, more than ever, to meet these housing demands. Perhaps it might be more reasonable to suggest BREED LESS.

  • giuseppe terragni

    take a look at luigi daneri “biscione” (the big snake) housing complex in genoa ad alfonso eduardo reidy housing complex in brasil.
    the right solution is ready avalaible? (adolf loos)

  • tereisa

    no nos gusta!!!!!! no hay relación con la ciudad, no es bioclimáticos, lloramos con los desmontes del terreno, ¿campos de paneles con viñedo? ¿quien se lo cree? es vez de vino va a salir alcohol de quemar.
    menos nombre y mas pensar

  • Hipodamo

    El tiempo no perdona a casi nadie. Este asentamiento no es urbano (sobre 56 Has, ocupación del 10% por edificios y 3000 viviendas sociales a modo de experimento), no es sostenible y algunos se pasan de listos provocando los efectos contrarios a lo que dicen. Culto a las Arcadias Infográficas, su único riesgo son los costes del visionario, porque no suelen pasar del papel… A menos que trabajes para los Emiratos. Algunas arquitecturas van a ser juzgadas con severidad y pagan justos por pecadores. Algunos diseñadores nunca debieron entrar en el urbanismo.