A Scandinavian architecture firm has won a competition to design a sustainable housing development on a challenging, uninhabited hillside in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago that forms part of Denmark, reports Dezeen.

White Arkitekter won the "Vertical Challenge" category of the Nordic Built Cities competition. The category called for a family housing development on the steep terrain of Runavik, one of 18 islands between Iceland, Scotland, and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean that features steep terrains, strong winds, and geothermal heat.

The Eyes of Runavik development comprises five blocks of ring-shaped, three-story buildings with 100 homes in total. The buildings have angled green roofs that mimic the sloping terrain of the island. Each block is envisioned as a settlement with its own microclimate, which will allow residents to grow vegetables and crops that are protected from the strong winds.

This references historical farming methods where an open meadow would be used for summer grazing and cultivated land would be used for growing crops. It also creates a secluded outdoor social space for residents.

The scheme was praised by the competition jury for "creating new thinking in relation to traditional construction in Runavik."

The buildings will also utilize Passive House building standards in order to have a minimal impact on the environment.

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