Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

June 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

The World Wide Web. – June 29, 2017 – Now in our eleventh year, Greenroofs.com Publisher Linda Velazquez announces the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”

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Amidst growing media interest and in our climate-changing world where it is more essential than ever to design with nature, Greenroofs.com has been bringing the latest projects in chic sustainability to the living architecture community since 2007.

As usual to be expected from the annual Top 10 Hot List, decisively outstanding, inspirational, and magnificent avant-garde structures and designers are underscored by exceptional green building envelope vegetation. And 2017 marks the first time Linda Velazquez has gone solo curating the yearly Top 10 compilation since previous collaborator Design Editor Haven Kiers stepped down due to a heavy professional schedule.

Linda recently inaugurated the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in Berlin last week at the highly successful WGIN, FBB and EFB World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017, which enjoyed over 800 registrants.  If you missed attending her fun and fast-paced presentation in Germany, join Linda and fellow colleagues this September in Seattle for the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Cities Alive 2017.

Projects from Across 6 Continents

For 2017, projects were compiled from across every continent except Antarctica – but should anyone ever propose or attempt to build a greenroof or greenwall in this snowy and icy domain, Linda will certainly add it to an upcoming List!  And since 2017 is barely half through, Greenroofs.com will keep an eye out for additional projects to be potentially added and delivered in Seattle.

2017 Greenroofs.com “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

9) Greening Remote Residences

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

Holistic approaches take center stage through integrating vegetation and using technologies to encourage energy efficient and environmentally friendly building envelopes.  Some of the projects include:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

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Photo: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

A Greenroofs.com perennial favorite category for those projects which are just too unique, the Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls category includes: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles – May the (Green) Force Be with You: Showcasing the life work of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, the $1 billion museum resembles a sinuous space ship, with undulating ribbons of plant life set on a sprawling, lush 6 – 7 acre greenroof park set atop underground parking. The Vancouver Public Library in B.C., Canada: Opening the “Garden in the Sky” to the Public. The renovation of the iconic 1995 Central Library by Cornelia Oberlander and Moshe Safdie (and others) will include a new public roof garden at grade with the existing maples.

9) Greening Remote Residences

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Villa 3 Marias. Photos: Paisajismo Urbano, SMA.

The Villa 3 Marias in Morelia, Mexico overlooks hills and the Guayangareo Valley. Its 13 separate lush hydroponic greenwalls are located inside and out with a total of 11,000 plants, 35 species and 15 varieties. Villa Ypsilon in Greece is an accessible Y shaped greenroof which becomes an extension of olive grove landscape since the height of house is limited to tip of the olive trees, offering panoramic view to the mountains, bay of Schiza, and the island of Sapientza.

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

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Skyline Plaza Frankfurt. Photo: Optigrün international.

The mega mall Skyline Plaza Frankfurt in Germany has a 2.7-acre Skyline Garden rooftop garden with a huge network of paths, lawns, and playgrounds open to the public. Seoullo in Seoul, South Korea is a former 1970s inner city highway transformed in to a 983m-long public park. Fifty types of plants are displayed in 645 tree pots with 228 species and sub-species.

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

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Greendo. Photo: Keita Nagata Architectural Element.

Greendo in Takamatsu, Japan are five residences sandwiched between two roads in the mountainous terrain. Greened terraces form roofs of the homes below where children play and gardens aare grown. Cidade Matarazzo’s Rosewood Tower in São Paulo, Brazil will transform a former historic maternity ward into a 100m tall building to be “oasis at the heart” of the city. Native vegetation will populate the ‘landscape building’ with flowers, plants & trees protruding through and above the structure’s latticed steel façade.

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

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The Spheres: Amazon HQ. Photo: NBBJ.

Why build a boring office park, when you can create living architecture with three giant biospheres? NBBJ is working with Amazon to revitalize three city blocks of Seattle’s Denny Regrade neighborhood, and the centerpiece of the new Amazon headquarters will be the spheres: a multi-story, glass-enclosed workplace containing tens of thousands of plants and trees from around the world.  Patrick Blanc’s Rainforest Chandelier in Bangkok is the longest free hanging structure in the world totally covered by plants at 103 m long. Built for the luxury EmQuartier shopping mall renovation, the Spiral blade chandelier is suspended on stainless steel cables and planted with Ferns, Anthurium, Hoya, Cissus sicyoides, and many more from the French botanist.

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

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Oasia Hotel. Photo: © K. Kopter.

In Singapore, WOHA’s stunning red aluminum mesh cladded Oasia Hotel in the CBD: Conceived as a living green tower at 190.15 meters with four sky terraces and the sky garden above, it integrates 21 species of creepers, plants and flowers. The “landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment.”  The Atlas Hotel in Vietnam drips with vegetation: Vo Trong Nghia architects incorporated drapes of greenery to the 5-story balconies with plants overhanging each side of the building to reconnect guests with nature. The sheltered network of inter-connected courtyards is immersed in trailing plants, too.

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

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Google London HQ. Photo: Google.

Google’s London HQ is a £1 billion “Landscraper” to be as long as it’s tall and will bring all Googlers into one campus of 11 stories with 300-meter long rooftop gardens to be stepped just like the building. The garden’s many zones include a “pause area” filled with wildflowers & woodland plants, a cafe, and 200m running trail. The design of Beirut Terraces in Lebanon are influenced by layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history. And the 119 m-tall highrise of staggered plates are large planted overhangs whose lush vegetation offers privacy screens, creates cooler micro climates, and frames views.

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

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Monad Terrace. Graphic: Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Highlighted here in this trend for the wealthy are the spectacular Monad Terrace by Jean Nouvel in Miami Beach; One River Point Towers by Rafael Viñoly on the Miami River; and the Grove at Grand Bay by Bjarke Ingels of BIG.

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

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Shanghai Tower. Photo: Connie Zhou via My Modern Met.

Known for the firm’s iconic work on projects such as the Library of Congress Packard Campus and the California Academy of Sciences, some of SWA’s spectacular “Public Realm” overstructure greenroofs are highlighted including the Burj Khalifa Tower Park in Dubai, UAE influenced by traditional Islamic patterns – currently the #1 tallest building in the world; and the Shanghai Tower in China spiraling high with nine vertical zones and Sky Garden Terraces at every 22nd floor, and the #2 tallest building in the world.

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

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Mashambas Skyscraper. Photo: © Pawel Lipi?ski / Mateusz Frankowski.

The Mashambas Skyscraper for Swahili, Africa is the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winner, a mobile educational center to introduce a green revolution providing education, seeds, and fertilizer. The scalable skyscraper is conceived to reduce hunger in sub-Saharan where over 40% live in absolute poverty. Once a community becomes self-sufficient it moves on.And to wrap up the Greenroofs.com 2017 Top 10 Hot List, ‘Tour & Taxis’ is a mixed-use 135,000 sqm eco-neighborhood in central Brussels: Architect Vincent Callebaut proposes the concept of greening the site of the former customs clearing and storage complex and maritime terminal with vertical forests to build villas in the sky surrounded by roof gardens and creating public parks inside the office, retail, and public buildings. Of course, the Energy-Plus Masterplan Metamorphosis of the Gare Maritime is all covered in green and renewable energies.

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Tour & Taxis. Graphic: Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

 

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week June 19, 2017: Potsdamer Platz

June 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/19/17
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Potsdamer Platz*
Berlin, Germany
323,000 sq. ft. Greenroofs & additional Green Infrastructure

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located at the geographical center of Berlin, the award winning Potsdamer Platz is a historic square reborn since fall of the Berlin Wall. As the meeting point of the city’s five most bustling streets, the revitalized 1.3 hectare entertainment hub is a unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping, corporate centers, and one of Europe’s premiere urban quarters known for exceptional and ground-breaking architecture. Potsdamer Platz was razed during World War II and redeveloped after the reunification of East and West Berlin in 1990. The site of the old Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz entailed rebuilding the heart of post-Cold War Berlin into the new capital’s city center. It was designed by an international team of architects headed by Renzo Piano.

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Potsdamer Platz Master Plan by Renzo Piano. Photo: Fondazione Renzo Piano.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Redeveloped by Daimler, the water sensitive urban design, building-integrated water recycling systems and industrial regeneration have come to represent an iconic symbol of designing “Green and Blue” urban waterscapes using rainwater where it falls. Designed by Studio Dreiseitl, this includes Potsdamer Platz’s 30,000 m2 or about 323,000 square feet of greenroofs. The stormwater management, harvesting and recycling system is fed by the city’s 21 inches of annual rainwater. The greenroofs retain and then release water to the large on-site buffer pond which has five underground storage tanks. Cisterns provide water for the 3-acre artificial Piano Lake, and approximately 4 million gallons of water are circulated though filtration beds once every three days.

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© Atelier Dreiseitl.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

The excess overflow water is used as grey water for toilet flushing, irrigation, and fire systems. The cleansed water flows into a beautiful large piazza for visitors to enjoy. In all, the Potsdamer Platz manages an estimated 23,000 m³ per year of potable water and its cooling capacity reduces summer temperatures by approximately 2°C. Always bustling with people, restaurants and activity, the popular Potsdamer Platz is a favorite destination of both locals and tourists alike with up to 100,000 visiting per day.

Publisher’s Notes:

The Potsdamer Platz is a featured project at the ongoing 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

We also express sympathy for the passing on June 16, 2017 of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl who reunited Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (read more from the New York Times).

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Year: 1998
Owner: Brookfield Property Partners
Location: Berlin, Germany
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Intensive plus additional green infrastructure of stormwater management, harvesting, and recycling systems
System: Custom
Size: 323000 sq.ft. of greenroofs
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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© Potsdamer Platz Overview Quarter.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Master Planner Architect: Renzo Piano
Architects: Christoph Kohlbecker, Arata Isozaki, Ulrike Lauber and Wolfram Wöhr, Richard Rogers, Rafael Moneo
Landscape Architecture, Water Design: Atelier Dreiseitl
Project Landscape Architect: Daniel Roehr
Greenroof Landscape Design: Krueger und Moehrle

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/19/17 video photos courtesy of © Potsdamer Platz Overview Quarter and Building and “Eichhornstrasse 3” © Vincent Mosch; © Atelier Dreiseitl/Ramboll; Potsdamer Platz Facebook; Aerial view of Potsdamer Platz in 2016. by Avda / www.avda-foto.de, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Immobilien Handelshaus/Sotheby’s International Realty; Melissa Keely; City of Berlin by Philipp Eder; Ausblick von der Aussichtsplattform auf dem Kollhoff-Tower by Nordenfan, CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons; Potsdamer Platz in Berlin by Mihael Grmek, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; around 1900, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; Line on the ground marking where the Wall used to stand, on the edge of Potzdamer Platz (2015) by Aridd, CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons; PotsdamerPlatz_Vogelperspektive by Michael J. Zirbes, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; and Potsdamer_Platz_with_Site_of_Potsdamer_Bahnhof_2005 by Tonythepixel, PublicDomain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week June 5, 2017: California Academy of Sciences Living Roof

June 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

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California Academy of Sciences Living Roof*
San Francisco, CA, USA
197,000 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Situated in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the world’s first and largest double LEED Platinum museum, the California Academy of Sciences boasts exhibition space, education, conservation and research beneath one large greenroof. The CAS was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop along with a slew of other professionals. A single building beneath the new 2.5-acre living roof houses Academy components that once stretched across 12 structures including the Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum and Steinhart Aquarium.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Rana Creek Living Architecture worked with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Chong and Partners Architecture, SWA Group, ARUP, and the Academy to design the living roof with seven dramatic hills and four steeply sloped domes, replicating the surrounding rolling hills. Dotted with circular skylights fitted with heat sensors, the skylights can open to further cool the building when needed.

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The undulating living roof sits 35 feet in the air and is planted with over 50 native wildflowers and other species. An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants. With slopes up to 60 degrees, a biodegradable modular system was developed (later purchased by Tremco), and 50,000 biodegradable modular BioTrays™ were planted. The Garden Roof® Assembly, Ultimate Assembly®, and waterproofing were supplied by American Hydrotech. Surrounded by 60,000 photovoltaic cells, up to 10% of energy needs are supplied and it prevents the release of more than 405,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The BioTrays keep interior temperatures about 10° F cooler, reduce low frequency noise by 40 dB, decrease the ambient Urban Heat Island effect being 40° cooler, and absorb about 98% of stormwater, preventing up to 3.6 million gallons of runoff per year. A masterpiece of sustainable architecture, blending seamlessly into its setting while employing a wide variety of innovative features and operations to minimize its footprint, the California Academy of Sciences and its Living Roof is the “greenest museum in the world.”

Publisher’s Note: The California Academy of Sciences is a featured project at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in “The Design of Green Roofs in the Urban Public Realm” video by John L. Wong, FASLA, FAAR, SWA Managing Principal and Chairman and “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Year: 2007
Owner: California Academy of Sciences
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 197000 sq.ft.
Slope: varies – 65%
Access: Inaccessible except for the open-air observation terrace, Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Consultant: Rana Creek Living Architecture
Ecological Consultant: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Stantec Architecture
Architect: Chong Partners Architecture
Engineering and Sustainability Consulting: Arup
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
General Contractor: Webcor Builders
Garden Roof® Assembly, Ultimate Assembly®, Waterproofing: American Hydrotech
Building Envelope Design Consultant – Waterproofing Design: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Senior Curator of Botany: Frank Almeda, California Academy of Sciences
Modular Greenroof System: BioTray™ by Tremco
Project Management Services: San Francisco Public Works
Landscape Contractor: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractor

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The Academy of Sciences (5956927082).jpg By torbakhopper – FlickrUploaded by Fæ, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22961669.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/05/17 video photos courtesy of SWA Group by Tom Fox; graphic by Renzo Piano Building Workshop; California Academy of Sciences including the black and white original CAS photo from the California Academy of Sciences; Golden Gate Park; California Academy of Sciences pano.jpg By WolfmanSF – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; The Academy of Sciences (5956927082).jpg By torbakhopper – FlickrUploaded by Fæ, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons; CA Academy of Sciences Living Roof 1.JPG By BrokenSphere – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Music Concourse from California Academy of Sciences roof Panorama.jpg Original photos taken by: Joe Mabel, panorama created by: Tango22, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; and California Academy of Sciences Indoor Rainforest.jpg By TheDailyNathan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week May 30, 2017: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

May 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Photo: Perkins+Will by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre*
Vancouver, BC, Canada
17,222 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located in the heart of Vancouver, BC, the spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) VanDusen Botanical Garden is renowned internationally for its beauty and for leadership in plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Exceeding LEED Platinum standards, the Living Building Challenge certified VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre uses renewable sources found on-site to meet net-zero energy annually.

Photovoltaics on the roof create electricity for the Centre, and hot water is provided by a biomass boiler fed by dry wood waste reclaimed from the surrounding area. Rainwater is filtered and used for the Centre’s greywater requirements; 100% of blackwater is treated by the on-site bioreactor.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designed by Perkins+Will and Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects (now Connect Landscape Architecture), the dynamic single-story structure includes an innovative prefabricated roof form that appears to float above the building’s curved rammed earth and concrete walls.  The Centre was inspired by the leaves and flower of an orchid. The undulating green roofs are located on the “petals” and are planted with grasses and colorful bulbs. The multi-petaled structure’s circular space is topped by a daylit oculus with a slope over 45 degrees which also serves as a solar chimney that exhausts hot air.

With slopes ranging from 2 degrees to 50 degrees, this project used three different greenroof systems: the “ZinCo Perennial Garden,” “ZinCo Sloping Meadow,” and the oculus roof with a slope of more than 45 degrees which was installed with the “ZinCo Steep Sloping Meadow” system including the Georaster elements for growing media retention. The vegetated land ramp connects the greenroof to the ground plane, encouraging use by local fauna and promoting biodiversity. The multi-award winning VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is truly a living building embracing bio-mimicry and is open to the public daily.

Publisher’s Note: The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is a featured project at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Year: 2011
Owner: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 17222 sq.ft.
Slope: 70%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Perkins+Will
Landscape Architect: Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Fast + EPP Engineers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Cobalt Engineers
Civil Engineer: Binnie Engineers
Ecologist: Nick Page
Greenroof System: ZinCo
Greenroof System Supplier: ZinCo Canada Inc.
Consultant: Architek Sustainable Building Products
Greenroof Contractor: Houston Landscapes
Waterproofing: Soprema
Roofing Contractor: Metro
Construction Management: Ledcor

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Nodding onions in bloom. Photo: Sharp Diamond Landscape Architecture via ZinCo Canada.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/30/17 video photos courtesy of ZinCo Canada; Perkins+Will graphics and photos including by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada; VanDusen Botanical Garden; screenshot from September 2010 Landscape Architecture by ASLA; VanDusen Botanical Garden 1.jpg by Stan Shebs GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons; and Projects In Place Society.

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