Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 2, 2018: Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

June 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

 Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park
Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
102,483 sf Greenroofs

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 2, 2018

The Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape in Extremadura, Spain is located on a sublimely designed sustainable topography, found at both ground level and on some of its roof areas.  The dry Dehesa landscape is a multifunctional, agroforestry system, and cultural landscape.  These designed landscapes feature islands of holm oaks, cork oaks and olive trees are scattered among scrubs and pastures.  The geometric patterns of the landscape design are the survival form of Dehesa land.

I had included the Caja Badajoz HQ in my 2015 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design, and had the pleasure of presenting it at CitiesAlive in NYC and meeting its landscape designer, Cristina Jorge Camacho, PhD, who spoke at length about the in-depth research, planning, and careful execution of the project.

The bank’s corporate headquarters is one of my personal favorites for several reasons, and in fact I included it in both my 2018 Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-humid Regions presentations earlier this year in Kuwait City and Madrid (Las 10 mejores tendencias de arquitectura viva en regiones secas y subhúmedas).  Everyone loved this project!

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

As designers, many times we are placed in a situation where we have to inform our clients.  In this case, the Caja Badajoz is a beautiful example of showing owners that greenroofs don’t have to be actually green all the time!  They can be various shades of gray, yellow, and brown, too.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

And, the Caja Badajoz is a prime archetype of creating a greenroof in a hot and arid climate – its dry and dusty Dehesa landscape perfectly suits its location!  A 3-zone automatic drip irrigation is set for its different designed ecosystems.

As both an architect and landscape architect, Cristina Jorge Camacho has a unique experience and vision which she brings to her projects.  Visit Cjcpaisaje to see more of her work.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Mini Description & Details

Badajoz, the capital of the Province of Badajoz, Spain, is situated close to the Portuguese border on the left bank of the river Guadiana. Sited next to the Puente Real Bridge, the new 35 million Euro headquarters of the local savings bank Caja Badajoz was designed by Estudio Lamela Architects to create a dialogue with the bridge’s prominent vertical structure and the great width of the river.

A representative Dehesa, or montado, landscape characterized by oaks and the extremely dry and hot climate was desired to reflect the local countryside for both private and public spaces.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Designed by Cristina Jorge Camacho of Cjcpaisaje using systems from ZinCo, the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park encompasses an extensive greenroof over a massive plinth, intensive greenroofs over structure, and an at-grade rural park.

The landscape project deals with its analysis, design and management through archipelago design; research focuses on analyzing the: normal scale (humans, animals, plants, machines), micro scale (unicellular beings) and macro scale (thermodynamic parameters). Geometric forms include circles, ovoids, and straight lines such as nodes where lines of infrastructure converge and where activities concentrate.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Utilizing humus earth and a limestone layer, green areas are concentrated into islands of different sizes and scattered all over the roof where the islands are cool spots inside the hot areas.

The open space design in the rural park and in the urban car park is connected with the riverbank; the garden design in the semi-public cultural building base extends across five courtyard patios of different uses including as a cultural center, kindergarten, gymnasium, housing, and garage, and the extensive greenroof design is related to private open space for the 83 meter high, 16-floor office tower.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Section by Studio Lamela Architcts via Plataforma Arquitectura/ArchDaily.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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The Caja Badajoz’s initial geometry of islands will change into great continents depending on the wind and the final configuration will be as complex and unpredictable as an original rural landscape.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Year: 2012
Owner: Caja Badajoz Bank
Location: Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 102483 sq.ft.
Slope: 1-10%
Access: Intensive Greenroofs: Accessible, Open to Public; Extensive Greenroof: Accessible, By Appointment

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect & Landscape Designer: Cristina Jorge Camacho, Cjcpaisaje
Architect: Estudio Lamela Architects
Contractor: Joca + Senpa Charcofrío
Greenroof Systems: ZinCo
Architectural Consultant: ALKIMYA

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

All the Info:

View the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/02/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of (C) Cjcpaisaje except for: Badajoz desde la Torre de Espantaperros by Alonso de Mendoza – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0Atardecer en Badajoz by Gotardo Gonzalez licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licenseTorre Caja Badajoz by Feranza – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, and Caja Badajoz, cajon by Jose G. Flores – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, all on Wikimedia Commons.

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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

All the Info:

View the LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in
The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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

Round #2 is open!  Register now for the 50% off discounted rate of only $25 and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén

September 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm

If you want to see how one landscape designer celebrates life by having school children experience science and sustainability through education with green, living plants, then you can’t miss “Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén 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 over 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 Urban Social Needs Green Marc Grañén

Today we are spotlighting the individual “Urban and Social Needs of Green” short Inspiration Nook Video by the soft-spoken Catalan, Marc Grañén, a landscape artist and creator of PhytoKinetic, who has been constructing and developing greenroofs – even on vehicles – and greenwalls within northeastern Spain for several years.  During the Virtual Summit 2013 he graced us with his beautiful, almost poetic, video “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement,” which you can see here.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Urban Social Needs Green Marc GrañénFor the 2015 Virtual Summit Mark participated with this lovely 3:44 Inspiration Nook video where you can see his early influences and see construction through the various stages of setting up an edible greenwall system on multiple schools in the Barcelona area.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Urban Social Needs Green Marc Grañén

As you may know already, even if you are not presenting at the Virtual Summit, as an attendee you can submit your 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) video of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which are then followed by your own live Discussion Chat.

This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Urban Social Needs Green Marc Grañén

Marc says “Yes, we have a serious problem, as we haven’t understood what sustainability means.  Fortunately, there are more and more of us, who day by day, are working hard to solve this.  The path is long and hard, but full of shades.  As a landscape artist I always try to capture Nature at what it does best: exist.  And this happens because Nature itself is sustainable, otherwise it would have never existed.”

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Urban Social Needs Green Marc Grañén

To learn more about Marc Grañén’s work, read his June 2015 Greenroofs.com article “Vertical School Gardens – Educational Successes in Barcelona” or in Spanish with Huertos Verticales Escolares – el ejemplo de éxito en Barcelona.”

Marc Grañén

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Urban Social Needs Green Marc Grañén

Bescanó, Spain. Marc Grañén says, “My artistic point of view of life and my intense love of natural landscapes make the perfect combination for what has become my daily occupation. I am a landscape artist. Nature is my inspiration and my family, my best teacher. We live in Bescanó, our small hometown in the northeast of Spain.

I’ve created artworks in China, Spain and Russia, and been a speaker in several conferences in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, China, France… with interviews in media of all continents. I created PhytoKinetic, the first and unique worldwide patented system to make greenroofs on top of vehicles. I have created many private greenroof and greenwall projects, and more than a dozen educative edible greenwalls in Barcelona public schools.”

Read about “Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Urban Social Needs Green Marc Grañén

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:

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“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.

Project of the Week for June 27, 2016: Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park

June 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/27/16

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 Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park
Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
102,483 sf Greenroofs

Project of the Week Description & Details

Badajoz, the capital of the Province of Badajoz, Spain, is situated close to the Portuguese border on the left bank of the river Guadiana. Sited next to the Puente Real Bridge, the new 35 million Euro headquarters of the local savings bank Caja Badajoz was designed by Estudio Lamela Architects to create a dialogue with the bridge’s prominent vertical structure and the great width of the river. A representative Dehesa, or montado, landscape characterized by oaks and the extremely dry and hot climate was desired to reflect the local countryside for both private and public spaces. Designed by Cristina Jorge Camacho of Cjcpaisaje using systems from ZinCo, the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park encompasses an extensive greenroof over a massive plinth, intensive greenroofs over structure, and an at-grade rural park.

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

The landscape project deals with its analysis, design and management through archipelago design; research focuses on analyzing the: normal scale (humans, animals, plants, machines), micro scale (unicellular beings) and macro scale (thermodynamic parameters). Geometric forms include circles, ovoids, and straight lines such as nodes where lines of infrastructure converge and where activities concentrate. Utilizing humus earth and a limestone layer, green areas are concentrated into islands of different sizes and scattered all over the roof where the islands are cool spots inside the hot areas. The open space design in the rural park and in the urban car park is connected with the riverbank; the garden design in the semi-public cultural building base extends across five courtyard patios of different uses including as a cultural center, kindergarten, gymnasium, housing, and garage, and the extensive greenroof design is related to private open space for the 83 meter high, 16-floor office tower. The Caja Badajoz’s initial geometry of islands will change into great continents depending on the wind and the final configuration will be as complex and unpredictable as an original rural landscape.

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Year: 2012
Owner: Caja Badajoz Bank
Location: Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 102483 sq.ft.
Slope: 10%
Access: Intensive Greenroofs: Accessible, Open to Public; Extensive Greenroof: Accessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect & Landscape Designer: Cristina Jorge, Cjcpaisaje
Architect: Estudio Lamela Architects
Contractor: Joca + Senpa Charcofrío
Greenroof Systems: ZinCo
Architectural Consultant: ALKIMYA

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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 Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park 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 (or Wall)!

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