Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/27/16
Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park
Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
102,483 sf Greenroofs
Project of the Week Description & Details
Badajoz, the capital of the Province of Badajoz, Spain, is situated close to the Portuguese border on the left bank of the river Guadiana. Sited next to the Puente Real Bridge, the new 35 million Euro headquarters of the local savings bank Caja Badajoz was designed by Estudio Lamela Architects to create a dialogue with the bridge’s prominent vertical structure and the great width of the river. A representative Dehesa, or montado, landscape characterized by oaks and the extremely dry and hot climate was desired to reflect the local countryside for both private and public spaces. Designed by Cristina Jorge Camacho of Cjcpaisaje using systems from ZinCo, the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park encompasses an extensive greenroof over a massive plinth, intensive greenroofs over structure, and an at-grade rural park.
The landscape project deals with its analysis, design and management through archipelago design; research focuses on analyzing the: normal scale (humans, animals, plants, machines), micro scale (unicellular beings) and macro scale (thermodynamic parameters). Geometric forms include circles, ovoids, and straight lines such as nodes where lines of infrastructure converge and where activities concentrate. Utilizing humus earth and a limestone layer, green areas are concentrated into islands of different sizes and scattered all over the roof where the islands are cool spots inside the hot areas. The open space design in the rural park and in the urban car park is connected with the riverbank; the garden design in the semi-public cultural building base extends across five courtyard patios of different uses including as a cultural center, kindergarten, gymnasium, housing, and garage, and the extensive greenroof design is related to private open space for the 83 meter high, 16-floor office tower. The Caja Badajoz’s initial geometry of islands will change into great continents depending on the wind and the final configuration will be as complex and unpredictable as an original rural landscape.
Owner: Caja Badajoz Bank
Location: Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 102483 sq.ft.
Access: Intensive Greenroofs: Accessible, Open to Public; Extensive Greenroof: Accessible, By Appointment
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Landscape Architect & Landscape Designer: Cristina Jorge, Cjcpaisaje
Architect: Estudio Lamela Architects
Contractor: Joca + Senpa Charcofrío
Greenroof Systems: ZinCo
Architectural Consultant: ALKIMYA
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