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We just accomplished the 3rd deliverable. Our architectural subteam visualised first ideas for the addition of two storeys in Kiel.


what we do

“Deeply High” is an interdisciplinary project group from Istanbul and Lübeck with the aim to develop, design and plan vernacular architecture in a holistic approach for a sustainable, climate-resilient and socially responsible built environment. The general concept is the renewal with vertical extension of an existing building.

The chosen area in Kiel consists of two blocks from the 1950s that could be extended. While we focus on one block, we consider the whole area for an architectural and structural concept. For the Solar Decathlon Europe 2021, an international competition between students, we will design and build a demonstration unit to present our model for an addition of storey.

Learn more about our works here.

how istanbul and lübeck came together

Our team-members just came back from their Solar Decathlon experience in Africa. Having been concurrent in Ben Guerir/Morocco only some months ago, the “neighbours” of the teams “AFRIKATATERRE” and “BOSPHORUS” became friends.

the teams' achievements in the sda19

Both teams did excellent work in the SDA 19. They won the first prices in the categories:

  • Architecture,
  • Engineering & Construction,
  • Innovation and
  • Communication & Social Awareness.

Furthermore they won the second prize in the Category:

  • Sustainability

Learn more about all the categories of the competition here.

So while exchanging their individual approaches during and after that contest WE found out that we HAVE TO apply for the Solar Decathlon Europe together, because we already feel deeply involved by the concerns of high sustainability! We knew we can do this with shared power and we're looking forward to an exciting new experience for all of us!

The Team Deeply High consists of students, professors and university employees of two universities.
Lead university is the Istanbul Technical University.


The İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi (Istanbul Technical University) was founded in 1773. It is the world's third-oldest technical university and one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. At ITU over 35,000 students are enrolled in the fields of science, technology and arts.


The Technische Hochschule Lübeck (Technical University of Applied Sciences Lübeck), formerly known as Fachhochschule Lübeck, was founded in 1969. The change of name from 2018 underlines the university's focus on technology, natural sciences, economics and architecture. About 10% of the over 5,000 students at THL are international students.


Learn more about our team here.

our idea

As the Team Deeply High we have started our Solar Decathlon Europe 2021 Journey saying “We are deeply concerned about urban sustainability and aware of high sustainable quality”. We mainly focus on ecologic, economic and social aspects of sustainability and try to engage the concepts to each other by fundamental strategies which are also matching up with Solar Decathlon Competitions’ primary contests. Our team members never shrink hard work, have an untiring perseverance and collaborate comradely. This might be rooted in the experiences of our first encounters in SDA 19 competition. But also new team members from both universities were well received and can benefit from the experiences the others already made.

In the competition, we seek to address all these aspects in a holistic approach while developing a method that may give architectural, technical and socioeconomic answers in the urban context. We will provide an adaptable, functional architecture by creating climate and user related opening/closing and adding/removing of living spaces (closed rooms, atrium, pergola, ...).

Deeply High will integrate local, renewable materials to improve local or regional production and trade both for ecological footprint reduction and socioeconomic sustainability requirements. With these features integrated to waste/water management and permaculture design we aim to reduce our carbon and water footprints of our project. So that Team Deeply High is targeting to design a “Carbon negative" built environment beyond the concept of energy efficiency.