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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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 11/06/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Joaquín Sicilia, Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura and itdUPM.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

GPW: Chicago Botanic Garden Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center

March 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Greenroofs.com  Project of the Week: 3/21/11
Chicago Botanic Garden
Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Chicago, IL, USA

Year: 2009
Owner: Chicago Horticultural Society
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Extensive & Intensive
Test/Research
System:  Custom
Size: 29,500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project Description & Details

Envisioned by Booth Hansen Architects as an anchor for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 15-acre science campus, the new 38,000 sf LEED Gold  Chicago Botanic Garden Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center building serves as a state-of-the-art research facility and laboratory dedicated to plant conservation and public education.

One of the building’s main “classrooms” is its North (planted with a mix of plants) and South (North American native plants only) Garden Roof, which features an overlook with interactive panels explaining the benefits of rooftop gardens and green roofs.   The roof was designed to be an educational environment and research facility with  a total of seven  monitoring stations; the public is allowed to look at the plant material while scientists experiment with different plants to see which types grow best on green roofs.   A total of 320 different plant taxa were selected by a team of Garden staff and Oehme, van Sweden & Associates.  Sika Sarnafil provided the waterproofing for the green roof and the white energy efficient reflective roof.   The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Conservation Science Center also features 288 photovoltaic panels on the roof overhangs, which supply about six percent of the building’s energy needs through the 54.7kW system.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Roofing Contractor: Knickerbocker Roofing and Paving Co., Inc.
Architect: Booth Hansen Architects
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
Plant Evaluation Manager: Richard Hawke, Chicago Botanic Garden
Green Roof Garden Horticulturist: Emily Shelton, Chicago Botanic Garden
Electric Field Vector Mapping (EFVM ®): International Leak Detection (ILD)
Modular Greenroof System: GreenGrid

The majority of the roof space  is a custom designed  built in place greenroof but the north side also has as an area planted with the modular GreenGrid system.   The waterproofing system includes Electric Field Vector Mapping ® from International Leak Detection.   ILD installs and performs the EFVM ® test directly for Sika Sarnafil; the system uses pulses of low voltage electricity to detect roof system breaches, even with the vegetative cover in place.    Any breach can then be easily identified and repaired.   The Green Roof Garden at the Plant Science Center was made possible by the generous support of the Ellis Goodman Family Foundation and the Josephine P. & John J. Louis Foundation.   See a great detailed case study from Booth Hansen Architects, and make sure to see the many excellent videos from the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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