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Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture

Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture
Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture Green Roof Design | While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture. Villa Bio by Enric Ruiz-Geli The green roof design of Villa Bio stands out amongst a community of cookie-cutter, Mediterranean-style homes in Llers, Spain. Villa Bio Green Roof Gallery Mill Valley Residence by McGlashan Architecture This terraced, multi-family home in Mill Valley, California is as hilly and green as the environment around it. Mill Valley Residence Gallery Mountain Dwellings by BIG Architects Nanyang School of Art OS House Gallery

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BIG dévoile proposition de Green Roof City-Sized dans la banlieue de Paris Before we could even finish saying "trash-incinerator-ski-slope," BIG has dished out another dazzling showcase of founder Bjarke Ingels's "hedonistic sustainability" concept. The Danish wunderkind and his firm were recently announced as the winning designers for EuropaCity, an 80-hectare cultural and commercial destination between Paris and Roissy in France described by the architects as "a laboratory for sustainable technologies." Sure enough, the renderings are drenched in neon green, illustrating the crowning achievement of the design: an enormous continuous green roof spanning over a new metropolis of retail, culture, and leisure. . As Ingels himself explained in a press release, EuropaCity will be "an experimental hybrid between urbanism and landscape design." Add To Collection Save this image to a collection

Attack of the Algae: The Latest Trend in Eco-Architecture It may sound like a plot device out of Margaret Atwood’s latest, but two Boston design firms take their micro-algae seriously. Seriously enough to propose turning a half-built Filene’s downtown into a vertical tower of “pre-fabricated eco-pods” that incubate the green stuff. Ideally, the tower would become a center to test new bio-fuel producing algae species. Sci fi! Howeler Yoon Architecture and Squared Design Lab have proposed a little before-and-after action called Filene’s Eco Pods, a series of modular pods that harbor an algae bioreactor. (Scared yet?)

CR Land Guanganmen Green Technology Showroom / Vector Architects Architect: Vector Architects Location: Beijing, China Project Year: 2008 Client: CR Land Design Partner in Charge: Gong Dong Managing Partner in Charge: Hongyu Zhang Project Architect: Shuo Li Site Area: 500 sqm Photographs: Vector Architecture Design Concept: The project is a “temporary” Green Technology Showroom of 3-year use for one of CR Land’s (华润置地) residential projects in Beijing. The idea is to develop the concept of “Temporary” from a meaningful perspective, to design a piece of floating “installation” in the garden, which could be built, demolished, and recycled through an easy and straightforward way with the least impact to the planned site. Sustainable Features:

Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State's New Green-Roofed Design Loft Kent State University just picked Weiss/Manfredi as the winner of a design competition to build the University's new architecture building. The architects' proposal for the center is a transparent terraced building that is topped with a green roof. Sited at the crossroads between the city and the campus, the Design Loft is a gallery of ascending spaces that seamlessly connect studios, classrooms, meeting areas and critique areas, and it can evolve as modalities of education and design change over the years. Weiss/Manfredi was one of four firms competing an an international design competition to build the coveted architecture school building. Beating out Bialosky & Partners of Cleveland with Architecture Research Office of New York; The Collaborative of Toledo with Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle; and Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland, New York-based Weiss/Manfredi was selected because their design was striking, innovative and achieved a high level of sustainability. Via A|N Blog

MILL VALLEY CABINS ‘Feldman Architects’ added some accessory structures to an existing building, creating the ‘Mill Valley Cabins’. They created an artist studio and a yoga space which also serves as a private guest cabin. The program was divided into two small cabins which could be placed lightly between existing trees with minimal re-grading. Additionally, the orientation of the two cabins captures different views. Premier Campus Office in Kagithane Winning Proposal / JDS Architects Focusing on the users’ working and living qualities, the winning proposal for the Premier Campus Office in Kagithane addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach. Designed by JDS Architects, the building is formed by their desire to make it interact with its environment and acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

NL architects: super market sanya lake park apr 30, 2013 NL architects: super market sanya lake park ‘super market sanya lake park’ by NL architects, hainan, chinaimage © NL architects Eathouse / de Stuurlui stedenbouw & Atelier GRAS! Architects Marijke Bruinsma (de Stuurlui stedenbouw) with Marjan van Capelle and Arjen de Groot (Atelier GRAS!), shared with us Eathouse, a house and garden to eat. More images and architect’s description after the break. A house and garden to eat, that you are able to touch, smell, taste, seed, weed, and harvest! EATHOUSE is a house in a garden that attracts visitors with delicious vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers.

Will future architecture do more than just provide living and working space? The way buildings are designed can make a huge impact in our efforts to reduce our carbon footprints. While the concept of green buildings isn’t new, it is only now that people are giving it serious thought. Making use of nature’s alternative sources of fuel through the utilization of solar, wind and tidal energy, waste management as well as increasing vegetation by constructing green roofs and rain gardens are just some of the methods used to help a building achieve green status. COTE 2011 Top Ten Green Projects The Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the Top Ten Green Projects for 2011. Receiving this honor at the upcoming AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans, the following projects are examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. Celebrating its 15th year, the COTE Top Ten Green Projects program is one of the profession’s highest recognitions for sustainable design excellence.

ma yansong / MAD architects: shan shui city at designboom conversation dec 11, 2012 ma yansong / MAD architects: shan shui city at designboom conversation ‘shan-shui city’ by ma yansong, guiyang, chinaall images © MAD architects Buildings Sprout Living Walls by Green Over Grey White Rock, a small surburb outside of Vancouver, Canada can now boast to having the largest green wall in North America thanks to Green Over Grey, Vancouver, Canada-based company that design and install green walls (also known as living walls). The once bare 3000 square foot wall is now a lush garden of a wide variety of plant life. It is located on the facade of the Semiahmoo Public Library and RCMP Facility. This living wall is literally a breathing, photosynthesizing skin.