Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

January 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Happy New Year 2018!

As we enter 2018 we look forward to renewed strategies for promoting green living architecture, which is the embodiment of Greenroofs.com.  Our focus has always been People, Projects, and Design, and we’re excited to feature many of your new awesome accomplishments in 2018.

Watch the “Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review” for auld lang syne.

Project of the Week: January 1, 2018

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2017 Projects of the Week

In 2017 we highlighted some inspiring and wonderful greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Many different types were showcased, some with both features included.  Additional green infrastructure elements in the projects incorporated were:

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

38 Dolores in San Francisco and LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) in Madrid.

Bioretention ponds, underground cisterns and more water harvesting techniques, water recycling systems, daylighting, solar and other alternative, renewable energy technologies, edible and stormwater gardens, and more.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and Van Dusen Botanical Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

It’s heartening to see developers, governments, and building owners listening to environmentally progressive architects and designers.  The collaborative efforts are not only proposing projects that are more holistically designed, but getting them built as well.  Kudos to all!

Join us for a quick look at just some of these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Independence Blue Cross Living Wall in Philadelphia and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Projects of the Week Gallery

To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page.

Click on each photo to go more in-depth in the post, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  Then you can see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about each particular project.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square in Athens and Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof in Cincinnati.

The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database

Also visit our Projects page to search for examples of living architecture in your neck of the woods or anywhere on Earth.  Find projects from all continents except Antarctica.  Send us your own profiles to share with the world!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter.

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2017 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

I’d like to thank Aramis for putting the 2017 video together ~ plus taking over the recording and editing of all of our Projects of the Week videos since our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez, left for law school in August.

And, especially, thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

Watch the Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2017 Video in Review below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

For individual video photo credits, please see each video commentary or the Project Profile.

Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2018, and remember to:

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

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

Greenroofs.com 2017 Top 10 List Hot Trends Greenroof Greenwall Design

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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Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events + videos on demand through December, 2017.  Round #2 coming soon!

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Project of the Week for December 5, 2016: Sejong, Public Administration Town

December 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/05/16

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Sejong, Public Administration Town
Sejong, South Korea
1,237,850 sf. Greenroof

Publisher’s Note: We are showcasing the Sejong, Public Administration Town again as our Project of the Week in honor and remembrance of its designer, Dr. Diana Balmori who passed away in November.  You can see Diana talking about this and other thoughtful sustainable design projects in her Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Keynote Video: “Green Roofs to New Cities.”

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Providing an opportunity to bring cultural ideas and beliefs together to celebrate the spirit of Korea in the 21st century, the 667-acre Administrative Complex Sejong is Korea’s newest city. The complex is now home to 37 government organizations and 13,000 public servants who were previously located in or near Seoul. With a framework of eight levels above ground and one below, the structure totals 3.5 kilometers long – perhaps the longest in the world. In 2007 Balmori Associates won the competition to design the Master Plan for Sejong City and designed it in collaboration with H Associates and Haeahn Architecture.

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Balmori Associates says, “We proposed a new approach to city-making, one that starts with landscape architecture. The master plan consists of a continuous linear park on a continuous roof joining all the ministries.” Dictated by the contours of the land that were once hilly but now flattened to make way for as many as 500,000 future residents, a grid of streets and transit runs through the center of the city within a network of green spaces. The connected buildings were designed to look like an Oriental dragon in flight from above and the superstructure on top contains a variety of planted sloping walkways, wide-open expanses, ramps, and corridors – with the government offices below. Three interconnected urban strategies were proposed: FLAT CITY, LINK CITY, and ZERO WASTE CITY. The beautiful greenroof equals 28 acres and the pitches vary considerably, allowing it to slope down to the ground in pedestrian-friendly inclines.

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Year: 2014
Owner: Multi-functional Administrative City Construction Agency of Korea
Location: Sejong, South Korea
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Other
Size: 1,237,850 sq. ft.
Slope: 1-10%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape & Urban Design and Master Planning: Balmori Associates
Architect: H Associates, Inc. and Haeahn Architecture
Project Team: Sehan Yoon, Taeman Kim, Diana Balmori, Hangman Zo, Kihong Nam, Hyungshik Kim, Arian Lee, Samgmok Kim
Photography: Efrain Mendez, ArchFrame.net

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

View the Sejong, Public Administration Town PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Project of the Week Video Feature

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for September 19, 2016: Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

September 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/19/16

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm
Bangkok, Thailand
30,139 sf. Hydroponic Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Set on 11 riverside acres of verdant gardens on the Chao Phraya River, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a thriving luxury oasis offering a unique way to experience Bangkok. Recently granted GOLD Certification by Green Growth 2050, the global sustainability certification standard for travel and tourism, the hotel is committed to continuing a tradition of offering its guests a taste of ‘local experiences.’ Partnering with Bangsai Agricultural Centre, they now offer guests a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested selection of Western and Asian herbs, vegetables and salads in the resort’s 2,800 square-meter Rooftop Hydroponic Farm.

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Perched on the third floor overlooking the grand river, the Hydroponic Rooftop Farm consists of Small Green Houses, Sprouting Rooms, Green Houses, and Green Tunnels. Plants are grown in a mineral-rich solution on specially constructed growing platforms under controlled temperature and lighting conditions. A variety of Asian vegetables, Western vegetables, and salads are offered including herbs, melons, organic tomatoes, green zucchini and cucumbers, mixed greens, rocket salads, and micro greens, with a daily production of between 12 – 50 kilograms for each product. The Hydroponic Farm offers greater access to clean, fresh, certified organic produce containing the highest possible nutrition per calorie with up to seven times more rich nutrient compared to produce found in local supermarkets while using no soil, 90 percent less water, 70 percentage less land, and 50 percent less fertilizer. Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort serves daily fresh locally produced greens from its hotel-based Hydroponic Farm, and discriminating guests can now taste the difference and value the idea to super fresh being important to their health, as it does not get any fresher than having freshly grown greens ‘straight from the farm to the table in a day.’

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Year: 2016
Owner: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive, Hydroponic
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 30139 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Hydroponic Farming Design: Makavan Horsuwan and Chauphan Horsuwan, Bangsai Agricultural Centre
Rooftop Hydroponic Farm Partner/Host: Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Hydroponic Techniques: Dynamic Root Floating Technique System, Nutrient Film Technique, Hydroponic Drip Irrigation Bucket System, Water Fogging System

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

View the PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher