Greenroofs.com Project of the Week July 17, 2017: The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square

July 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/17/17

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The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square
Athens, Greece
6,997 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Considered the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, Syntagma (Constitution) Square is at the epicentre of commercial activity and Greek politics, situated opposite the Greek Parliament. The Greek Ministry of Finance installed a lightweight green roof, or oikostegi, within a shallow substrate depth (less than 10 cm) on the Treasury in Constitution Square with the main motivation being to provide a research roof to study the thermodynamic impact of a green roof in hot Athens. Designed and installed by Oikosteges, or OS Green Roofs, mainly indigenous Hellenic aromatic herbs were selected to be able to survive the harsh conditions such as several species of thyme, sage, lavender, mint, and oregano, among others.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Studies of the thermodynamics of the roof in September 2008 concluded that the thermal performance of the building was significantly affected by the installation. In further studies in August 2009, energy savings of 50% were observed for air conditioning in the floor directly below the installation. Energy savings totaling €5,630 per annum were recorded, which translates to a 9% saving in air conditioning and a 4% saving in heating bills for the whole building.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

The study also stated that while measurements were being made by thermal cameras, a plethora of birds and beneficial insects were observed on the roof, ranging from robin redbreasts, yellow hammers, yellow tits, coal tits, and sparrows to kestrels hovering high above eyeing up the smaller birds. Also, many species of pollinators have been seen such as honey bees, tiger swallowtail and monarch butterflies – plus dragonflies and ladybugs. The study suggested that both the micro-climate and biodiversity of Constitution Square had been improved by the oikostegi.

Publisher’s Note: Watch the collaborative video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece by Andrew Clements & Karla Dakin from the 2015 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube which includes the Hellenic Treasury.

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Year: 2008
Owner: Hellenic Treasury
Location: Athens, Greece
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,997 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof System: Oikosteges 1 (OS1)
Greenroof Design & Installation: Andrew Clements, OS Green Roofs

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

More Info

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

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/17/17 video photos courtesy of Andrew Clements, and Public Eye Studio with permission from Andrew Clements.

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Round #2 coming soon!

Greenroofs.com Project Week July 2017 Hellenic Treasury Constitution Square Greece

Project of the Week for October 10, 2016: The Rock House

October 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/10/16

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The Rock House
Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
250 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Tucked into a remote hillside of rocky, volcanic soil against the backdrop of a pastoral landscape in Northwestern Cameroon, The Rock House project sits at an elevation of 6500 feet in the highlands of the Nso kingdom outside of the regional capital of Kumbo. Deluged by sixty inches of precipitation in the rainy season and parched by a dry season lasting 5 months, the design relies on what is immediately available within a stone’s throw. This green roof was planned and built to star as the pilot project of AREA, the African Research & Exchange Academy, the brainchild of Dr. Ajume Wingo, a man dedicated to helping his country and community. Designer Karla Dakin wanted a building that literally fit into the environment with an infinity edge roof where green roof and horizon meld into one.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

The vernacular architecture of Cameroon tends to look inward to protect against the glaring light, heat, and dust of summer and the relentless, winter winds and rains. There are no formal, commercial, or established systems used here. With the indispensable ingenuity of structural engineer Terence Lendzele, Dakin designed the glorified “shed” to wrap itself around volcanic stone. She dug up native grasses, perennials and soil (2-3 inches in depth) and carried it in buckets up to the roof, laying it down exactly as it lived on porous rock nearby. She trained a young man, Ferdinand, to help her and he quickly became the project coordinator, taking charge of the planting and making sure plenty of native flowers and mosses found their way up to a new home. As for irrigation and maintenance, this roof will rely on the natural elements. “The Rock House,” as the locals call it, defies the elements atop a barren hill with picture windows taking in a breathtaking view for miles and miles. Dr. Wingo tells people it is an art piece because they cannot believe it is a building.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

NOTE:  Landscape architect Karla Dakin, also the architectural designer for The Rock House, would appreciate any help identifying the native plants found on the site for the greenroof.  She says there are no books for plants for this particular region, and although there is one for a nearby region, it is very expensive with no guarantee it will contain the correct vegetation.

Any ideas? Please contact Karla at: karla@kdakindesign.com.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Year: 2016
Owner: AREA (African Research & Exchange Academy), Dr. Ajume Wingo
Location: Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 250 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architectural Designer and Landscape Architect: Karla Dakin, Principal, K. Dakin Design Inc.
Structural Engineer: Terence Lendzele
Project Coordinator: Ferdinand

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

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 Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Video Feature

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

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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

June 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Are you are interested in learning about the trials and tribulations of designing greenroofs with water conservation in mind?  Then you cannot miss the “Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin collaborative video from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise DesignSet in an interactive live discussion format, we hear from Andrew Clements of Oikosteges in Athens and Karla Dakin of K. Dakin Design in Denver.  They have both experimented extensively to design vegetated roofs with minimal or no supplemental irrigation in a hot, dry city like Denver or Athens.

They both conclude the possibilities exist but the challenges lay in client expectations of what an non-irrigated green roof will look like.  Together they discuss plant selection, irrigation options and how to convince clients to go dry.

Andrew Clements

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design

Athens, Greece. Nearly fifteen years ago Andrew Clements began researching bio-climatic architecture and particularly roof greening in 2000, initially for his own needs. Having purchased a 120-year old farmhouse in the mountains near Corinth, Greece, he searched to find a Greek based green roofer and was dismayed to find that there were none. Undeterred, he set about discovering how such an endeavor might be accomplished. The challenge was to create a completely Mediterranean green roof, eco-roof or living roof as it is sometimes known, developed for the building challenges and climate peculiarities of the Mediterranean.

After 6 years of R & D with the invaluable help of a small team of specialists (architects, civil engineers, geologists, meteorologists, eco-system specialists) the first Mediterranean roof greening approach was born in 2006. It was christened Oikosteges (pronounced eco – steg –gez) which is a compound of two ancient Greek words ‘Oiko’ from which the Latin ‘eco’ is sourced meaning ‘related to the home’ and ‘steges’ meaning abode, roof over your head. Oikosteges offer the only real alternative to expensive and inappropriate roof gardens for Mediterranean countries.

Oikosteges’ mission is to recreate natural, bio-diverse Mediterranean ecosystems on any and all built structures in the cities and towns of the Mediterranean and in similar climates around the world, using a number of natural approaches which are informed by such concepts as biological succession. These ecosystems require little or no maintenance and little or no irrigation once established. The ecosystems are feather lightweight so that they can be applied to virtually any built surface in this active seismic region.

Now Andrew holds two patents for Greek-appropriate green roofs. Andrew is particularly interested in water-wise, natural, ecosystem development in hot cities like Athens as well as the challenges of working in a seismic region. Landmark projects include The Greek Treasury building in Constitution Square, Athens.

In addition, the Oikosteges team established Green Roofs Greece, a not for profit organization, which currently boasts a Facebook membership of over 21,000 in order to share experiences and ideas with the worldwide networks of green roof activists, which include the EFB (The European Federation of Green Roof Associations) and WGIN (the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network).

Karla Dakin

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design

Denver, CO, USA. Growing things, building things, and relishing the chaos, entropy, and generative quality of nature – all are ideal creative means for Karla Dakin, who appreciates change in the process of art and design. Principal of K. Dakin Design Inc., Karla specializes in artful, environmentally, flexible landscape architecture with an emphasis on knowing context and what feels the most appropriate.

She has completed a diverse array of projects, over 100 residential gardens, as well as many commercial and public projects like “Sky Trapezium,” a permanent green roof installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver. In her collaboration with Lisa Lee Benjamin she designed the gardens around the Whole Foods Flagship Store in Boulder, Colorado and the 10,000 sq. ft. green roof atop the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in California.

As co-author of The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs, 2011, Karla Dakin has lectured on green roofs at the Garden Museum in London, the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C. and the Western Landscape Symposium in Pueblo, Colorado.

Dakin combines her landscape architecture expertise—she holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver–with fifteen years of experience in the art worlds of New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Read about the Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Video & Project of the Week for June 15, 2015: The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square

June 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/15/15

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The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square
Athens, Greece
6,997 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Considered the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view, Syntagma (Constitution) Square is at the epicentre of commercial activity and Greek politics, situated opposite the Greek Parliament. The Greek Ministry of Finance installed a lightweight green roof, or “oikostegi,” within a shallow substrate depth (less than 10 cm) on the Treasury in Constitution Square with the main motivation being to provide a research roof to study the thermodynamic impact of a green roof in hot Athens. Designed and installed by Oikosteges, or OS Green Roofs, mainly indigenous Hellenic aromatic herbs were selected to be able to survive the harsh conditions such as several species of thyme, sage, lavender, mint, and oregano, among others.

Studies of the thermodynamics of the roof in September 2008 concluded that the thermal performance of the building was significantly affected by the installation. In further studies in August 2009, energy savings of 50% were observed for air conditioning in the floor directly below the installation. Energy savings totaling €5,630 per annum were recorded, which translates to a 9% saving in air conditioning and a 4% saving in heating bills for the whole building. The study also stated that while measurements were being made by thermal cameras, a plethora of birds and beneficial insects were observed on the roof, ranging from robin redbreasts, yellow hammers, yellow tits, coal tits, and sparrows to kestrels hovering high above eyeing up the smaller birds. Also, many species of pollinators have been seen such as honey bees, tiger swallowtail and monarch butterflies – plus dragonflies and ladybugs. The study suggested that both the micro-climate and biodiversity of Constitution Square had been improved by the oikostegi.

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

The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week in honor of its designer, Andrew Clements, who along with Karla Dakin was one of our esteemed speakers at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Their collaborative video “Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” included The Hellenic Treasury.

Once again, thank you to all who supported us and contributed to this biennial online event!

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Year: 2008
Owner: The Hellenic Treasury
Location: Athens, Greece
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,997 sq. ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof System: Oikosteges 1 (OS1)
Greenroof Design & Installation: Andrew Clements, OS Green Roofs

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square 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!

~ Linda V.