Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Dear readers,

2015 is fast coming to a close and we’re taking this time to highlight all of our Projects of the Week which we featured this year with a smooth, chill video for your perusal.

From massive, iconic projects such as Sejong City by Balmori Associates, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark by Safdie Architects, and ACROS (Asian Crossroads Over the Sea) from Emilio Ambasz to intimate and personal projects such as Forest Lodge Eco House, the Private Kiawah Island Residence, and 41 Bond, we invite you to watch the Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

If you want more info on any of these, you can find their individual profiles showcased on our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects of the Week Gallery page.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for in 2016 and if you’d like your project featured as an upcoming Project of the Week, we have to first have a completed profile! Read How Do We Select the Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week? Blog Post.

See our entire December 30, 2015 Announces Their Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video Press Release.

Here’s a toast to all of us in the New Year for a happy, healthy, loving, productive, and green 2016!

Continued success,

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for November 30, 2015: ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall

December 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm Project of the Week: 11/30/15


ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall
Fukuoka, Japan
1,049,406 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Situated in the middle of Fukuoka City, Japan, ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall is a center of international, cultural and information exchange and underneath lies over one million square feet of multipurpose space. Designed by Emilio Ambasz, a pioneer of ecological architecture, the nearly 100,000-square-meter park in the city center was transposed by the architect onto 15 stepped vegetated terraces of the ACROS or “Asian Crossroads Over the Sea.” The very green design provided a solution for a common urban problem: reconciling a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space. The plan for Fukuoka fulfills both needs in one structure by creating an innovative agro-urban model.

Its north face presents an elegant urban facade with a formal entrance appropriate to a building on the most prestigious street in Fukuoka’s financial district. The south side of the Hall extends an existing park through its series of terraced gardens that climb the full height of the building with growing media depths ranging between 12″ and 24″. Along the edge of the park, the building steps up, floor-by-floor, in a stratification of low, landscaped terraces. Each terrace floor contains an array of gardens for meditation, relaxation, and escape from the congestion of the city, while the top terrace becomes a grand belvedere, providing an incomparable view of the bay of Fukuoka and the surrounding mountains. A stepped series of reflecting pools upon the terraces are connected by upwardly spraying jets of water, to create a ladder-like climbing waterfall to mask the ambient noise of the city beyond. Open to the public, ACROS Fukuoka emerges like a lush green mountain and its green stepped garden exterior has become a new landmark for the city.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.


Year: 1994
Owner: Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Mitsui Real Estate
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,049,406 sq. ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Public/Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Conceptual Design: Emilio Ambasz, Emilio Ambasz and Associates, Inc.
Associate Architect: Nihon Sekkei
Landscape Architect: Takenaka Corporation
Construction: Takenaka Corporation
Engineer: Takenaka Corporation
Engineering Consultant: Plantago Corporation
System Manufacturer: Katamura Tekko Company
Emilio Ambasz and Associates Photographer: Hiromi Watanabe


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first!

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

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for November 2, 2015: Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark®

November 4, 2015 at 7:00 am Project of the Week: 11/2/15


Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark®
133,472 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Designed by internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the 929,000 square meter (10 million square-foot) Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort urban district anchors the Singapore waterfront, creates a gateway to Singapore, and provides a dynamic setting for a vibrant public life. The world’s most expensive casino hotel, the 55-floor Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort consists of three towers standing 650 feet high. Its crowning engineering achievement is the Sands SkyPark® which tops the complex with a 340-metre-long (1,120 ft) SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150-metre (490 ft) infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67 metres (220 ft). Engineering firm Arup described the integration of the varied and advanced technologies as the ‘most difficult to carry out in the whole world.’

Located on level 57, the lush greenroof oasis features 250 trees and 650 plants, a large observation deck, jogging paths, and the amazing infinity swimming pool, available to enter only to guests. There are four movement joints beneath the main pools, designed to help them withstand the natural motion of the towers, and each joint has a unique range of motion. This 1.2 hectare (3 acre) tropical oasis is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall and large enough to park four-and-a-half A380 jumbo jets. Guests and visitors can experience fine dining or have a drink 57 stories above on the breathtaking Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark® or take in the stunning city skyline from the public observation deck with the best 360-degree panoramic views. From Marina South Pier all the way out to the Singapore Strait, visitors can observe the bustling shipping lanes that have built Singapore?s rich multicultural history as well as attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Barrage, and Gardens by the Bay. At night, the skyline is simply spectacular.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.



Year: 2010
Owner: Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd. (A subsidiary of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation)
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 133,472 sq. ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private



Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect: Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects
Executive Architect: Aedas, Pte, Ltd.
Structural Engineers: Arup
MEP Engineers (Design): R.G. Vanderweil, LLP
MEP Engineers (Production): Parsons Brinckerhoff
Landscape Architect (Design): Peter Walker & Partners (PWP Landscape Architecture)
Landscape Architect (Production): Peridian International Inc
Lighting Consultants: Project Lighting Design
Water Features: Howard Fields Assoc. International
Casino Design: Moshe Safdie with The Rockwell Group
Theater Consultants: Fisher Dachs Associates
Graphics, Signage and Wayfinding: Pentagram
Feng Shui Consultants: Chong Swan Lek and Louisa Ong-Lee
Construction Manager & General Contractor: Ssangyong Engineering and Construction
Landscape Contractor: Prince’s Landscape & Construction


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark® Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first!

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

~ Linda V.

See the Final Agenda, Tour Schedules & More: WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015

September 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Photos and Graphics Courtesy of WGIN Japan


The World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) is an annual international event organized by country members of WGIN – the World Green Infrastructure Network –  on urban green infrastructure which provides social, environmental and economical benefits through sustainable greening systems such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests, landscape regeneration, wetland renewal and water sensitive urban design practices.


Aramis and I have been fortunate to be able to attend previous WGIN congresses in Mexico City (2010), Hangzhou (2012), Nantes (2013), and most recently last year in Sydney.  Beautiful Nagoya is the site for 2015 and the organizers hope you will join them!

The agenda and tours information for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 (WGIC 2015) have been finalized and are available for your perusal!  Organized by WGIN NAGOYA in cooperation with the NPO Sky Front Forum, the upcoming WGIC 2015 will be held in Nagoya on October 14-16, situated in the very center of Japan.  Getting to anywhere in Japan is easy from Nagoya.


Presented simultaneously translated into both English and Japanese, the three-day 2015 Congress in Nagoya will provide international and national keynote experts presenting on new research, case studies, best practice management, and the latest technologies in this expanding industry.

A wide variety of green site tours including visits to greenroofs and greenwalls will be offered after the WGIC 2015 on October 15 and 16 in the cities of Nagoya, Tokyo, and Osaka, and promise to be both educational and fun.


Here are the final agendas for the WGIC 2015 – click to download as PDFs:


  • Opening Ceremony and Keynote Lectures, 14th October
  • Workshops, 15th Octoberwgic2015_postersession
  • Poster Session, 15th Octoberwgic2015_greensitetour_nagoya
  • Green Site Tour at Nagoya, 16th October – includes lunch and will visit: Dai Nagoya Building, JP Tower; Nagoya Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Building; Nagoya Center Building; Nagoya City Science Musium; Hisaya Odori Park, OASIS 21; and “Chikusa-za,” Chikusa Culture Small Theater.wgic2015_greensitetour_tokyo
  • Green Site Tour at Tokyo, 17th October – includes lunch and will visit: “OOTEMORI,” OtemachiTower; Marunouchi Nakadori Gyoko-dori; Marunouchi Park Buidling; ARK Hills; Sengokuyama-tower; Toranomon Hills; and “Granroof,” Tokyo Station City, JR Tokyo Station.wgic2015_greensitetour_osaka
  • Green Site Tour at Osaka, 17th October – includes lunch and will visit: South and North Towers, Grand Front Osaka; “Floating Garden,” “Kibo-no-Kabe” Shin Umeda City; “Midori-no-Terrace,” Osaka Maru Building; “Nakanojima Shiki-no-Oka,” Dai Building; and Namba Parks.



Since the annual National Green Fair of Japan will be held during the same period as the WGIC 2015, all of the international speakers and attendees will be able to also visit this highly anticipated yearly venue at at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, running concurrent from September 12 to November 8, 2015.


Visit the WGIC Nagoya 2015 website to learn much more.


If you haven’t already, don’t miss the August Sky Gardens Post “Come to Japan for the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015 on October 14-16, 2015!” by Dr. Hajime Koshimizu, Chairperson of Nagoya WGIN Team, and former Meiji University Professor.  Professor Koshimizu is the leading authority for research and advocacy on urban agriculture in Asia.  Contact him at:

The Japanese organizing committee is available to assist you and your travel plans.  For additional information about the WGIN Congress Nagoya 2015, please contact Sachiko Kikuchi, PhD at:

~ Linda V.