Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for January 29, 2018: Casa Vallarta

January 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Casa Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
7,653 sf greenroof and 3,090 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: January 29, 2018

Another spectacular example of living architecture is the Casa Vallarta.  Driven by home’s extraordinary context on the Mexican Jalisco coast, the architects have connected the home owners with a gorgeous Pacific Ocean panorama surrounding the property.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Mini Description & Details

Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas, Casa Vallarta is a beautiful masterpiece of modern design with a lush ecological aesthetic embracing a wide array of living architecture. Conceived as a vacation oasis in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin designed the home with spectacular ocean views.

The use of natural stone and concrete walls create fresh spaces that dually provide passive cooling during hot seasons. Designed by Cynthia Villalba (formerly of Zona Verde MX), a striking greenroof and multiple luxuriant greenwalls are oriented to the northeast and seamlessly integrate the house with the landscape.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Being right next to the ocean, the most logical design intention was to give the greenroof and walls some kind of movement. This led to curves speaking about the landscape tracing, and tall grasses speaking about the plant selection due to their graceful swaying in the wind. The designers also wanted to guarantee a unique experience when standing on the roof and used plants that provide different visual textures and heights.

The Zona Verde MX team planted more than 19,000 plants, including grasses, agaves, and perennials over the roof, and various short grasses and ferns in the greenwalls. The desire was for the effect to be not just green, but quite colorful, yet harmonic.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

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Both stormwater and irrigated water are captured and guided to a storage stormwater tank, then filtered through a sand system and returned to the irrigation system. Almost 15,000 square feet of a 100% PET recycled geotextile were used in the various areas, which translates to more than 33,500 recycled bottles of PET being used in the whole system.

And, both the greenwalls and greenroof have developed micro-habitats for local species like bees, spiders and dragonflies. Simply stated, Casa Vallarta is a stunning residence of ecological design on an exquisite setting.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Year: 2012
Owner:
Grupo Xtra Inmuebles
Location:
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Building Type:
Single-Family Residential
Type:
Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Greenroof Size:
7653 sq.ft. and Greenwall Size: 3090 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% and 100%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Cynthia Villalba, Zona Verde MX S.A. de C.V.
Design Architect: Arch. Alejandra Diaz de Leon, EZEQUIEL FARCA®
Architectural Project: Arch. Ezequiel Farca, EZEQUIEL FARCA
Contractor: Arch. Pablo Gutierrez, Grupo SYASA
100% Recycled PET Geotextile Manufacturer: Tecnologia de Reciclaje
Architecture and Interior Design: Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

All the Info:

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

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Casa Vallarta Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/29/18 video credits: Photos and video courtesy of Cynthia Villalba, formerly of Zona Verde MX; and Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, photos ©Roland Halbe and ©Jaime Navarro.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for October 2, 2017: Hedgegate

October 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Hedgegate
Sea Ranch, CA, USA
 1,800 sf Greenroofs & 300 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: October 2, 2017

Mini Description & Details

Hedgegate is an award-winning private residence in Sea Ranch, located west of California Highway 1 on California’s scenic north Sonoma coast. The site and structures are regulated to preserve the view of the Pacific Ocean.

The limited 1300 sf of conditioned space and the 16-ft. height above the coastal meadow enable Hedgegate to sit lightly on the land, featuring dual living roofs and a green wall. The HOA provisions strictly limit approved species not only to California natives, but to a limited list of species specific to the local flora of the coastal meadow and coastal terrace ecological systems.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Owner architect Janet MacKinnon of AE Design used her modular sodpodmod system for propagation and delivery of local native species within a 5-inch growing media depth from rooflite and Enkadrain drainage from BonarBuilt. Each window of the main upper level of Hedgegate looks over the lower green roof, and the lower roof provides space for edible plants outside the kitchen.

The rainwater and stormwater from the roof, retaining wall, rain room, and driveway is collected in this drought-prone location in two 2,000 gallon underground cisterns for drip irrigation of the living roofs. Graywater is collected for irrigation of the ground landscaping.

The low water demand of the 3-inch depth of the green wall, made from Sedum Mat from Sempergreen plus additional natives and exotics, is met using a closed loop, drip irrigation system, recirculating water from the Koi pond at the base of the green wall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

The living roof in the foreground seamlessly integrates with the rolling coastal hills. September 29, 2017.

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As a prototype, Hedgegate exemplifies how water systems can be integrated into a net zero home. The owners gladly open their home that, to date, has been toured by over 300 local visitors (including architects and builders).

Annually, thousands of travelers on California Highway 1 plus hikers and bikers on the parallel trails on each side of the highway experience the beautiful Hedgegate green roofs in the foreground of their view of the Pacific Ocean and the California Coastal National Monument.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Publisher’s Note:

Hedgegate recently won the 2017 Small Scale Residential Design Awards of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities at CitiesAlive 2017.

Year: 2016
Owner: Private
Location: Sea Ranch, CA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,800 sq.ft. greenroofs and 300 sq. ft. greenwall
Slope: 2 – 10%
Access: Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner, Architect & Construction: Janet MacKinnon, AE Design
Stormwater, Graywater and Living Roof Design: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek Design
Rainwater & Graywater Systems and Green Roof & Irrigation: Kevin Heston, Project Manager, AE Design
Modular Greenroof System: Janet MacKinnon, sodpodmod
Structural Engineer: I.L. Welte & Associates
Growing Media: Joe DiNorscia, rooflite
Drainage: Enkadrain, BonarBuilt
Greenwall Vegetation: Sedum Mat, Sempergreen
Roofing Membrane: GacoFlex, Gaco Western
Irrigation: DIG Corporation
Architectural Photographer: Jonnu Singleton

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate

All the Info:

View the Hedgegate 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 October 2 2017 Hedgegate

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Hedgegate Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 10/02/17 video photo credits: All by Jonnu Singleton and Janet MacKinnon, courtesy of Janet MacKinnon of AE Design.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week October 2 2017 Hedgegate