Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for November 6, 2017: LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory)

November 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory)
Madrid, Spain
1,916 sf greenwalls, plus multiple green infrastructure elements

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: November 6, 2017

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Mini Description & Details

In collaboration with various research departments at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (known as UPM or Technical University of Madrid), the Laboratory of Bioclimatic and Urban Architecture, or LABAU, was recently inaugurated after refurbishing the Maintenance Building of the School of Agronomy Engineering.

With architecture by Joaquín Sicilia of Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura (also the Team Director) and Dr. Isabel de Felipe of PRONATUR as Research Team Coordinator, the aim of the project has been to create a meeting point within the university campus, and a hands-on space dedicated to bioclimatic and urban agriculture research. Housed within, researchers and students from the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (itdUPM) can easily manipulate their innovative greenwall structure as necessary, adding different modules and bioclimatic systems for data collection and analysis of the green facade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Primary research focuses on the analysis of air contamination programs, heat sources for experimental crops, wastewater recycling, rainwater use, photovoltaic panels, recycling organic products, and the incorporation of biodiversity research. Developed based on a modular steel sub-structure attached to the building, these elements set up the base framework for the cover-facade, made of stylishly perforated galvanized steel plates of different shapes, dimensions, and colors.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

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Currently, three types of modular greenwall systems are used, planted with a wide variety of perennials, herbs, and vegetables. As such, the building envelope is, in itself, a laboratory, conceived as an active system open to multiple configurations and adaptations for the advances that technology related to green infrastructure may offer. The LABAU has become an icon for technological innovation through nature, and the new revitalized vegetated facade has also become a popular public gathering space inside the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid campus.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Year: 2016
Owner:
ITD, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ESTIA-UPM)
Location:
Madrid, Spain
Building Type:
Educational
Type:
Living Wall, Test/Research
System:
Custom and Multiple Vendors
Size:
1916 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architecture and Team Director: Joaquín Sicilia, Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura
Research Team Coordinator: Dr. Isabel de Felipe, PRONATUR
Collaborating Architect: Jose Maria Gonzalez, ARQUISENA
Technical Architect and Site Management: Miguel Gomez, ARQUISENA, and Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura
Building Construction: NEGIO CONSTRUCTORA, S.A.
Perimeter Facades Construction: Arasaf, Incoten
Modular Greenwall Systems: Vertiarte, Paisaje Urbano, and Metro Huerto
Greenwall Installation: Vertiarte, Paisaje Urbano, and Metro Huerto with ITD Researchers
Irrigation: Biofiver

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

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Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

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Video & Project of the Week for June 16, 2014: 345 Meatpacking

June 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/16/14

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345 Meatpacking
New York, NY, USA
3,800 sf Greenroofs
1,375 sf Green Façades

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Project Description & Details

Featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River, 345 Meatpacking is a dramatic new 11-story luxury residential building of 37 finely crafted one, two and three bedroom condominium residences located just off of 9th Avenue and the Meatpacking district. The new landmark project from DDG architects and developers, the building features a unique integration of landscape into the built environment with a heavily planted entrance canopy, long linear window boxes integrated into the facade and a lush roof garden with perennials and meadow grasses, as well as planted greenwalls.

Designed by Future Green Studio with rooflite® semi-intensive growing media, the planting palette picks up off of the neighboring High Line aesthetic and creates a sense of wild in contrast with sleek lines of the custom architectural brickwork. The planted marquee draws reference from the loading dock awnings historically found here; wild trees and trailing plants spill through a pattern of openings, bringing light and vegetation to the streetscape below. The communal roof garden hosts native meadow plants that colonize small amoeba-like mounds, along with Sumac trees and Scotch Broom. Irrigated using water from a rainwater collection and irrigation system that is incorporated into the building’s bulkhead, the system will collect and redistribute 10,000 CF for irrigation annually.

Year: 2013
Owner: DDG Partners
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Roof Type: Semi-Intensive
Wall Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Roof Size: 3,800 sq.ft.
Wall Size: 1,375 sq.ft.
Grade: 2% and 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG Partners
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Contractor: Future Green Studio
Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Trellis Provider: DDG Partners
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Waterproofing Membrane: Rest Assured Roofing
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
Growth Media: rooflite® semi-intensive

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Greenwall Project of the Week for July 1, 2013: One Premier Place

July 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/1/13

One Premier Place
Irvine, CA, USA

16,241 sf. Greenwalls

Project Description & Details

In early 2000, Ford Motor Company announced that it was constructing a 300,000 sf. Class A facility and moving its Premier Auto Group (PAG) headquarters to Irvine, CA. The new facility, named One Premier Place, would include an 181,000 sf. office tower, 90,000 sf. product development wing, conference center, vehicle display area, fitness center and cafeteria. The facility would also be the first completed LEED NC project in the U.S.; the space is now home to the corporate headquarters of Taco Bell.

The One Premier Place project consists of 16,241 sf. of greenscreen® trellis panels in three specific applications including a 24’ tall freestanding installation surrounding a storage area of the Product Development wing; a second freestanding facade 20’ tall and extending 300’ across an entire elevation for screening and a secure area for on-site day care operations; and a 24’ tall installation attached to a four story parking facility. By incorporating green facade wall technology into the project scope, designers were able to achieve additional LEED credits, contribute to the energy efficiency of the building envelope and extend the landscape programming to the vertical plane.

Year: 2001
Owner: YUM Brands Inc. Taco Bell
Location: Irvine, CA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Green Façade
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 16,241 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Green Facade Wall Manufacturer: greenscreen®
Project Design Architect: LPA, Inc.
Construction Manager: Koll Construction
Environmental Design Consultant: William McDonough & Partners

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GPW: Orchard Central Mall Greenwalls

December 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/12/11
Orchard Central Mall Greenwalls
Singapore
2,207 sf. of Greenwalls

Year: 2009
Owner: Far East Organization
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Green Façade
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,207 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project Description & Details

Orchard Central Mall is Singapore’s tallest and first vertical pure-retail mall with 11 storeys above ground and two basement levels. Orchard Central boasts multiple outdoor viewing areas with a commanding view of Orchard Road, including three outdoor “green” balconies appealing to alfresco food & beverage outlets. The air-conditioned shopping street discovery walk and the rooftop garden are both accessible to the public 24 hours a day.

The Singapore Institute of Architects and National Parks Board award-winning project features three large living walls and balcony rail on the 11th floor and 2 lower green walls on the 12th floor roof terrace. Elmich Green Wall’s Vertical Greening Modules (VGM) provide the modular system comprising a geotextile bag filled with soil-less lightweight planting media, pre-planted in a nursery environment to allow for plant establishment. The VGMs are encased in metal support frames on-site and mounted onto anchoring pilasters; an automated drip irrigation and fertilization system was also installed. The planted walls complement and create the atmosphere for alfresco dining as well as serve to substantially cool the areas immediately adjacent to the walls.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Developer: Far East Organization
Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore
Landscape Architect: DLQ Design Pte Ltd
Landscape Contract Owner: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Green Roof and Green Wall Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Intensive Greenroof System: Elmich Landscape Roof
Modular Greenwall System: Elmich Green Wall


Additional Info

A city-state of high rise buildings, Singapore is becoming reknown for its  “skyrise greenery” and continuous efforts in making it a “City in a Garden.”

Here, and known throughout Southeast Asia, Orchard Road is the fashion, retail and entertainment hub with shopping centers (more than 40), dining and pubs galore.  Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards or the plantations that the road led to in the mid-1800s.  Commercial development of the area began in the twentieth century, with a surge in the 1970s (read more in  Wikipedia).

Located at the heart of Orchard Road, the new high-end Orchard Central Mall  replaced Specialists Shopping Centre and had a soft opening in July, 2009.  The mall boasts 160m frontage along this shopping belt of Singapore.

The  12-floor  Orchard Central Mall features  “˜cluster-concept’ shopping (8 clusters separated by categories) with a wide variety of specialty shops that are not available elsewhere.  Hard to imagine, but the mall is served by a total of 52 escalators (including 6 super escalators) and 12 glass elevators -6  express lifts move between 500 and 2,000 ft/min!  The super escalator at the front of the entrance, left below, enables shoppers to step off from the street and go straight up into the mall:

In the background of the photo above right you can see one of the flourishing greenwalls on the property.  Yet it also showcases a 24-hour public garden at the roof top, complete with tropical landscaping on the ground and various vertical greenery offerings.

In 2009, the  Orchard Central Mall won 1st Prize in the Completed Projects category in the Skyrise Greenery Awards for outdoor green balconies and extensive greenery, inside and out.  The award aims to promote skyrise greenery in Singapore and to recognize the greening efforts in high rise developments by owners/developers, architects, landscape architects/designers, and landscape contract managers.

“As Orchard Road’s first new mall in four years Orchard Central brings a breath of fresh air with urban green verandas, a 140-metre Discovery Walk on the first storey, and the lusciously landscaped sky gardens on the 11th and 12th storeys.

An extensive green wall up to 13 metres high stretches from the 11th to 12th storeys to create a “˜green blanket’ that is highly visible from Orchard Road.

The biological pond on the 12th storey creates the atmosphere of a water garden and offers an unforgettable experience while dining in the sky gardens’ restaurants.” ~  Skyrise Greenery Awards 2009 Completed Projects 1st Prize

Adjacent to the restaurant, this sky garden is both  beautiful and an inviting green space for patrons and visitors, although locals say there are not enough seats for relaxing.

“Amidst this blanketed green roof, art also thrives. At the foot of the vertical wall is Yayoi Kusama’s colourful Let’s Go to a Paradise of Glorious Tulips (2009), adorned with her trademark polka dots.  This sculpture acts as a stark contrast to the grey backdrop of the peaking buildings “” a perspective that creates a heightened awareness of visitors’ location.” ~POSKOD.SG by Amanda Fay Tan

Elmich systems are found throughout the multiple levels – Elmich VGM units on the walls with VersiCell in planter boxes and  Elmich Landscape Roof gor the greenroof system.

For irrigating the walls, an equal amount of water is injected to the root zone via a Netafim drip system and the greenroofs are irrigated using Netafim UniTechline AS.

Along with tons of other spots, I’m sorry we didn’t get to see the Orchard Central Mall greenroof and greenwalls when we visited Singapore in November, 2010 (when I spoke at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference) but it will be on our list the next time we do!

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