UN Eco-Office, Podgorica, Montenegro

What a great project to be involved in supporting the UN to create their first “Green Office” Building. King Shaw Associates were appointed to provide the engineering designs for new shared premises bringing together the various United Nations Agencies in Montenegro and the wider Balkan Region under one roof. Designed to extremely high environmental standards this building is the first Carbon Neutral building in South Eastern Europe.

The single story concrete and steel framed building is set into the upper bank of the river Moraca acting as a linear counterpoint to the mast of the landmark Millennium Bridge. The office floor plates float above the ground suspended from an over-sailing concrete slab that serves to replace the ground plane and shades the building and its surroundings from the heat of the summer sun.

The building achieves extremely low energy consumption through the combined use of high insulation levels, passive cooling using the concrete structure and day-lighting. The thermal energy for both heating and cooling is drawn from the extensive aquifer underlying Podgorica using a ground source system. The building is topped out with a canopy of Photovoltaic panels with sufficient capacity to supply the building’s entire energy needs.

Client: UN Development Programme
Value: €2,800,000
Architect: Buro Fugenschuh, Innsbruck