Greenroofs.com Announces the “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Our Design Editor Haven Kiers and I recently inaugurated our yearly “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn, and it was awesome!  We had a wonderful turn out, and as usual, we had a great time sharing our vision of trending projects and designers.

Now Aramis and I are off to Singapore next week where I’ll present it solo at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) 2015 on November 5-7.  The ISGC also promises to be a fantastic event if it was anything like our first trip there when I spoke in 2010 at their inaugural conference.

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If you have not seen our actual 2015 Top List, here’s our Press Release:

The World Wide Web. – October 4, 2015 – Now in our ninth year, Greenroofs.com’s dynamic Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwalls Design holds the promise of exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Compiled yearly since 2007 by Publisher Linda S. Velazquez and Design Editor Haven Kiers, they spotlight newsworthy, spectacular, sometimes fantastical, forward-thinking designs and designers.

Greenroofs.com is proud to inaugurate the 2015 Top 10 Hot List this week at the 13th Annual 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Brooklyn, New York on October 5 – 8 where both Haven and Linda will be presenting.  Also, Linda will share this year’s Top 10 in Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) on November 5-7, 2015.

“While promoting the global living architecture industry and community here on a daily basis, it’s extremely important to highlight yearly market trends and feature some of the best and brightest designs as inspiration to us all. ” ~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompasses trends from across the planet that have been building momentum since the end of 2014.  We’re seeing increased growth in specific market sectors, such as the sports industry, as well as particular areas of the world such as Washington, D.C. and the Mediterranean region.  With the decline of bees and other pollinators posing a direct threat to the world’s food supply, ecologists are stepping up – to the roof – to help the plight of the bee through design.  And the trend of the mega greenroof is once again on the rise, as in the case of massive rooftop parks.  Another category with intensive greenroofs, Urban Rooftop Forests, is also popular because of the deeper growing medium’s ability to sustain and nurture trees, who in turn nurture us all.

“As usual, we comb the globe high and low in search of built and proposed projects that catch our design eye and progressive spirit with an attractive combination of ecosensitivity and chic sustainability.” ~ Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015:

10) “Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls”

9) “Beekeeping on the Roof: Biodiversity with Pollinators”

8) Living Architecture in Mediterranean Climates”

7) “Green Transportation Corridors”

6) “Greening Our Capital: Washington DC’s Stately Greenroofs”

5) “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues”

4) “Trees, Trees, Trees: Urban Rooftop Forests”

3) “Rooftop Parks: Green Playgrounds of the Rich, Private, & Public”

2) “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
William McDonough+Partners and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) Architects”

1) “Visionary Wonders of the Green World”

As usual, for 2015 we have reserved the #1 spot for insightful and avant-garde eco-masterpieces with a sky high wow factor.

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for June 29, 2015: Casa Clementi

June 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/29/15

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Casa Clementi
Singapore
166,410 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Casa Clementi is a multi-award winning Singapore public housing project by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) adhering to the HDB’s roadmap to provide a better living environment for Singaporeans by creating well-designed, sustainable and community-centric towns. With 10 high-rise residential blocks consisting of 2,234 dwelling units, it is one of the largest public housing projects developed by the HDB. Located on top of the multi-storey car park, its main design feature is a large landscaped environmental deck returning greenery back to the urban setting. The roof garden occupies 15,460 sqm (27.3%) of the site area, of which 7,460 sqm (48.6%) is devoted to planters for planting.

Designed by Surbana International Consultants, Casa Clementi residents and occupants of neighbouring buildings enjoy a delightful Elmich Pte Ltd green roof when they look out from their respective windows and balconies instead of glare from a bare concrete roof. Besides providing additional community space, the landscaped garden offers immediate visible aesthetic value plus long term energy cost savings for the development as well as environmental benefits for the community at large. Paved open plazas, trellised seats, adult and elderly fitness stations, children’s play stations as well as perimeter pathways that also double as a 660 m jogging track complete the multi-functional landscaped environmental deck which connects to all the residential blocks. An oasis of lush greenery, the rooftop garden is where residents mingle and unwind, and children play without having to leave the safety of their residential compound.

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

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Year: 2012
Owner: Singapore Housing and Development Board
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 166,410 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Record: Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd
Landscape Consultant: Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd
Main Contractor: Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer and Manufacturer of VersiCell®: Elmich Pte Ltd
Distributor & Supplier of EVALON® V: Elmich Pte Ltd
Greenroof System: Elmich Landscape Roof

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for April 20, 2015: SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)

April 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/20/15

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SOLARIS,
Fusionopolis (Phase 2B), One North
Singapore
32,152 sf Greenroofs
3,272 sf Atrium Planter Boxes
44,293 sf Green Ramp
1,765 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

SOLARIS is a 15 story office building located in the Fusionopolis hub in central Singapore’s One-North Business Park, an area dedicated to research and development in technology, media, physical sciences & engineering industries. Since the site was originally a military base, most of the original ecological system had been destroyed. Designed by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang, the architect’s response was to conserve what little greenery there was by building on areas which would cause the least ecological damage, helping to improve the site’s biodiversity simply through the positioning of the building.

SOLARIS is comprised of two towers connected with a passively-ventilated central atrium. Office floors are linked by a series of sky terraces which span the atrium at upper floors. The architect designed over 8,000 square meters landscaping, a total more than the area of building. The “eco-building” replaced the original site with a ratio of 108% of landscape to site area. The “green ramp” at SOLARIS is a 1.5 kilometer linear, continuous landscape ramp that was built to connect the ground level to the upper levels of the building, linking the basement Eco-cell with a cascading sequence of roof-gardens at the highest levels. The building has accomplished a 36% reduction in overall energy consumption by integrating fully landscaped areas directly into the facade of the building. A dramatic vision of the possibilities inherent in Skyrise greenery design, 95% of the project’s total landscaped area is above ground level.

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

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SOLARIS is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week 4/20/15 Replay in honor of its designer, the green architect, ecologist and planner Ken Yeang who is the Opening Keynote for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Enjoy his lively hour-long interview by Linda Velazquez for an in-depth look into Ken’s signature bioclimatic eco-architecture plus much more insight into SOLARIS itself, now playing though May 31, 2015.

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Year: 2010
Owner: SoilBuild Group Holdings
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 84,777 sq.ft.
Grade: 1 – 7%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Design: T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
Architect of Record: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: PEB Consultants
Facade Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte.) Ltd.
Sustainability Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte.) Ltd.
Photographer: Albert Lim

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or wall, green ramp, atrium planter boxes…)!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for January 19, 2015: VivoCity

January 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/19/15

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VivoCity
Singapore
16,146 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

VivoCity, an integral part of Singapore’s 24-hectare HarbourFront precinct, is a multi-award winning dynamic integrated waterfront business, entertainment and lifestyle hub developed by Mapletree with an Asian focus. As Singapore’s largest shopping mall, VivoCity features a vibrant mix of about 300 dining, retail and entertainment outlets from the focal point of its central atrium with a unique 300 meter waterfront promenade. Co-designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect, Toyo Ito and DP Architects, VivoCity’s undulating forms give continuous curvature to the structure’s halls, facade and roof, reformulating the typical hard-edged, ‘big box’ mall type.

The lush third level rooftop sky park was designed to provide topographies of landscaped gardens, observation landings, and a large shallow water feature for wading, spanning the area of four Olympic-sized swimming pools. The mega mall’s public roof garden is accessible to everyone and offers an innovative use of landscape as a part of the shopping experience. Covering the beautifully landscaped roof is a variety of greenroofing products supplied by Elmich including Eurathane® 2000, EVALON® V, and Fleximent® 201 for waterproofing, VersiCell® sub-soil drainage cells, and VersiWeb® cellular slope stabilizing panels.

VivoCity provides a seamless and user-friendly environment where people of all ages can enjoy its numerous offerings.

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

Year: 2006
Owner: Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size:
16,146 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: MapleTree Investments Pte Ltd
Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore and Toyo Ito & Associates, Japan
Landscape Architect: Sitetectonix Pte Ltd
Landscape Contract Owner: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer/Manufacturer of VersiCell® sub-soil drainage modules: Elmich Pte Ltd
Supplier/Manufacturer of VersiWeb® cellular confinement web: Elmich Pte Ltd
Supplier/Distributor of Evalon waterproofing membrane: Elmich Pte Ltd
Supplier/Distributor of Fleximent 201 & Eurathane 2000: Elmich Pte Ltd
Water Feature Design: Fluidity Design Consultants
Infrastructure Architect: DP Infrastructure

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.