Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 16, 2018: Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

July 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

 Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space
Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY, USA
21,711 sf Greenroof

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 16, 2018

When I think of a sensitively and beautifully designed meadow in the sky in Brooklyn, I immediately think of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center and the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space.  Both are the result of hard work and commitment to ameliorating the local environment and bringing nature back into the city’s urban fabric.

The Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space is unique in many ways, but perhaps most importantly because it was also designed to function as an interactive open space for people, as well as flora and fauna.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Designer and greenroof promoter/builder Marni Majorelle is the brainchild behind this awesome community endeavor and project embracing environmental stewardship.  Knowing she needed a local non-profit as a partner, she approached the NYC Audubon who along with Newton Creek Alliance and others put the financial wheels in motion.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Yet, without the corporate and personal involvement of Tony and Gina Argento, owners of Broadway Stages where the greenroof is located, the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space simply would not have been possible.  Donating the roof space and matching funds, the Argentos are prime examples of community leadership in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!  And the result is a beautiful Green Roof & Community Space for all to enjoy.

Finally, it’s always great when we can incorporate film snippets in our Project of the Week videos.  Karen Benfield, a board member of NYC Audubon, created a wonderful video with her production company, Lark Song Media.  We’re thankful to the NYC Audubon / Lark Song Media for sharing theirs!

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Mini Description & Details

Located in a highly industrial area in north Brooklyn, Kingsland Wildflowers is a Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund project committed to expanding natural habitat and green corridors for bird and wildlife populations.

The project is a great example of a creative partnership, an inspiring vision, and an urban transformation for the benefit of the community.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

First created in the mind of Marni Majorelle, founder of Alive Structures, she brought together local businesses and non-profit organizations in joining efforts.  The space for the green roof was donated by Tony Argento, founder of Broadway Stages, a local film and production company.

The NYC Audubon manages the project and oversees green roof wildlife monitoring through bat and bird microphones and swallow houses installed on the green roof.  Newtown Creek Alliance conducts research into land use, policy, and economic factors of green roof installation in industrial areas.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

The Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space had its grand opening in September 2016, and by August 2017 it also included a second sedum roof.  The green roof oasis acts as a natural habitat – a habitat expansion program – to foster local bird and wildlife populations.

Designed by Marni Majorelle, plants were specifically selected to attract birds and other wildlife with native grasses and herbaceous perennial species native to New York.  One is the Butterfly Weed, used as a host plant for monarch butterflies and produces silky seed pod fibers used by Boston Orioles and American Goldfinches in nesting.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

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The rooftop wildflower meadow is supported by ultralite growing media, the rooflite® semi-intensive 500 series.  A sphere water fountain overflows with water, nestled amidst the winding New York State Bluestone walkway, and the water feature is a popular focal point of the green roof garden.

The Kingsland Wildflowers Greenroof & Community Space offers enrichment activities for the neighborhood, including author lectures, eco-festivals, native plant walk tours, bird surveys, wine and beer tastings, and an outdoor classroom for local schools and the general public.  Greenpoint can now enjoy a green corridor habitat of native grasses and flowers for New York City’s bird, bat, and pollinator populations.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Year: 2016, 2017
Owner: Broadway Stages
Location: Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 21711 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Marni Majorelle, Alive Structures
Waterproofing Membrane & Insulation: Alive Structures
General Contractor: Alive Structures
Soil System: Perennial Roofs, rooflite®
Growing Media: rooflite semi-intensive 500
Water Retention Layer & Filter Layer: Conservation Technologies
Roofing Consultant: Rex Lari, Engineer, Total Structural Group, LLC
Kingsland Wildflowers Project Coordinator: Niki Jackson, New York City Audubon

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

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View the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/16/18 video credits: NYC Audubon / Lark Song Media.  Video photo credits courtesy of rooflite®; New York City Audubon including from Mitch Waxman and Niki Jackson; Kingsland Wildflowers, and the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space Facebook page.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 2, 2018: Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

June 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

 Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park
Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
102,483 sf Greenroofs

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 2, 2018

The Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape in Extremadura, Spain is located on a sublimely designed sustainable topography, found at both ground level and on some of its roof areas.  The dry Dehesa landscape is a multifunctional, agroforestry system, and cultural landscape.  These designed landscapes feature islands of holm oaks, cork oaks and olive trees are scattered among scrubs and pastures.  The geometric patterns of the landscape design are the survival form of Dehesa land.

I had included the Caja Badajoz HQ in my 2015 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design, and had the pleasure of presenting it at CitiesAlive in NYC and meeting its landscape designer, Cristina Jorge Camacho, PhD, who spoke at length about the in-depth research, planning, and careful execution of the project.

The bank’s corporate headquarters is one of my personal favorites for several reasons, and in fact I included it in both my 2018 Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-humid Regions presentations earlier this year in Kuwait City and Madrid (Las 10 mejores tendencias de arquitectura viva en regiones secas y subhúmedas).  Everyone loved this project!

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

As designers, many times we are placed in a situation where we have to inform our clients.  In this case, the Caja Badajoz is a beautiful example of showing owners that greenroofs don’t have to be actually green all the time!  They can be various shades of gray, yellow, and brown, too.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

And, the Caja Badajoz is a prime archetype of creating a greenroof in a hot and arid climate – its dry and dusty Dehesa landscape perfectly suits its location!  A 3-zone automatic drip irrigation is set for its different designed ecosystems.

As both an architect and landscape architect, Cristina Jorge Camacho has a unique experience and vision which she brings to her projects.  Visit Cjcpaisaje to see more of her work.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Mini 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.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Section by Studio Lamela Architcts via Plataforma Arquitectura/ArchDaily.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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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.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Year: 2012
Owner: Caja Badajoz Bank
Location: Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 102483 sq.ft.
Slope: 1-10%
Access: Intensive Greenroofs: Accessible, Open to Public; Extensive Greenroof: Accessible, By Appointment

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect & Landscape Designer: Cristina Jorge Camacho, Cjcpaisaje
Architect: Estudio Lamela Architects
Contractor: Joca + Senpa Charcofrío
Greenroof Systems: ZinCo
Architectural Consultant: ALKIMYA

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

All the Info:

View the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/02/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of (C) Cjcpaisaje except for: Badajoz desde la Torre de Espantaperros by Alonso de Mendoza – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0Atardecer en Badajoz by Gotardo Gonzalez licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licenseTorre Caja Badajoz by Feranza – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, and Caja Badajoz, cajon by Jose G. Flores – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, all on Wikimedia Commons.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for June 18, 2018: American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

June 18, 2018 at 5:50 pm

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
2,500 sf Greenroof

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: June 18, 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters is an outstanding example of corporate (in this case non-profit) social responsibility.  Its design choices for two properties in Washington, D.C. reflect fostering environmental sustainability on several fronts, especially with the incorporation of greenroofs during renovation (in addition to a utilities plan that uses 100 percent wind energy).

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

We are highlighting the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters in memory of Gregory Long of Capitol Greenroofs, who passed away in April.  His company installed both APA building greenroofs.  Greg was a fantastic individual and consummate professional whose belief in greenroofs as a means to create a healthier and more sustainable built environment is evident in all of his work.

The photo below during construction of the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters shows Greg and his team’s commitment to getting the job done, even during tough and challenging weather.

“Even the northeaster that blew through with some driving snow showers couldn’t keep us from meeting our deadline. Not ideal to work but hey….sometimes you just have to deal with what mother nature throws at you.” ~ Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs, 2014

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Mini Description & Details

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, maximize recycling and contribute to a healthier environment, in April 2014 a second greenroof was added to APA properties at their headquarters (see the APA/World Resources Institute HQ from 2008), which qualified for the DDOE grant program.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency rated both buildings in the top 10 percent of buildings in the U.S. with the lowest carbon footprint.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The plantings in April, 2014.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The design at the APA HQ building was focused on how greenroofs benefit people’s mental well being. Rebate funding was provided by the District Department of the Environment through a program administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Many private companies were also involved which made this project successful. Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the system design called for plenty of seating and relaxation with Bison Innovative Products decking tiles, metal planters, and perennial planting areas.

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American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Composed of a mixture of perennials, woody shrubs and small magnolia trees set within modern style seating areas with bright decorative accents, this greened patio creates usable event space with spectacular views of the Capitol building.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The plantings in May, 2015.

Year: 2014
Owner: American Psychological Association
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Roof Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Roof Size: 2,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Gensler Associates
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
Contractor: HITT Contracting
Greenroof System: Henry Intensive Greenroof
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Decking Tiles: Bison Innovative Products
Contractor: Consolidated Waterproofing
Planters, Edging & Planter Benches Manufacturer: Ore Inc.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

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American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Gorgeous APA rooftop blooms in May, 2015.

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/18/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for June 4, 2018: Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

June 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green WallsTag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls
Cairo, Egypt
25,833 sf Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: June 4, 2018

After I spoke at the recent 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City, last February, Aramis and I had the pleasure of meeting Tarek Hosny, one of the founders of Schaduf, based in Cairo.  My presentation was entitled “2018 Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Hot Regions” and Tarek wanted to introduce me to his work.

But I told him I was already familiar with some of it due to my research of the MENA area, and was looking forward to receiving more info so we could feature some of their projects.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Schaduf has been involved with sustaining Cairo’s low income communities through rooftop farming and other sustainable landscapes since 2011.  In fact, the Arabic word “schaduf” refers to an ancient irrigation tool, which lifts water to irrigation canals.

The company says, “In our case, we lift water, sunshine, and life to barren concrete walls and roofs.”  Very appropriate!

By the way, there are many living architecture projects in Egypt, and the ones I highlighted in my presentation were from RISE (Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment) at the American University at Cairo, whose work we’d also like to showcase in the future.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Mini Description & Details

Developed by Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD), Tag Sultan in Cairo is the first phase of the visionary Teegan Development.  Tag Sultan offers a unique living experience with diverse residential unit types to suit all tastes and needs: apartments, duplexes and villas with distinguished contemporary designs and a wide range of spaces, spread over 300,000 square meters.

Built with the purpose of a lively and healthy lifestyle, the colorfully planted compound is centered on a large landscaped public park.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Tag Sultan photo and illustration from Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

But due to electrical needs, 11 generator rooms were placed in spaces originally allocated for green areas and obstructed the landscape view.  The Schaduf team came up with the idea to cover all those rooms that dot the flowing design of the compound with hydroponic green walls.

Designed by Schaduf landscape architects, the challenges faced were that the green walls, the irrigation system, and water pipes had to be built with proximity to electrical wires.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Completed in five months, they designed a three layered model: the first layer is made of steel studs to form the base, the second is an isolation layer, and the final layer is the geotextile where the plants are placed. The last part of the process was deciding on the type of the plants depending on the sun direction, amount of natural light during the day, the climate, color combination, and water needs.

As the Egyptian climate is hot and sunny, plants like the Spanish cactus and Schefflera that can retain water and tolerate sun were chosen.

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The objectives of the Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls were to cool the micro climates around the generators, reduce sound pollution, blend the buildings with the landscape, and improve the experience through design and nature.

The result is an inspired urban green solution which created sustainable spaces and elevated the quality of life for all of the Tag Sultan residents.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Year: 2018
Owner: Madinet Nasr Housing Development
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
Size: 25833 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD)
Greenwall Designer & Landscape Architect: Schaduf
Greenwall System: Schaduf
Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Schaduf

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/04/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Schaduf, Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD) and MNHD’s Facebook page.

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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