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.

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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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Video & Project of the Week for May 25, 2015: Sejong, Public Administration Town

May 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/25/15

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Sejong, Public Administration Town
Sejong, South Korea
1,237,850 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Providing an opportunity to bring cultural ideas and beliefs together to celebrate the spirit of Korea in the 21st century, the 667-acre Administrative Complex Sejong is Korea’s newest city. The complex is now home to 37 government organizations and 13,000 public servants who were previously located in or near Seoul. With a framework of eight levels above ground and one below, the structure totals 3.5 kilometers long – perhaps the longest in the world. In 2007 Balmori Associates won the competition to design the Master Plan for Sejong City and designed it in collaboration with H Associates and Haeahn Architecture.

Balmori Associates says, “We proposed a new approach to city-making, one that starts with landscape architecture. The master plan consists of a continuous linear park on a continuous roof joining all the ministries.” Dictated by the contours of the land that were once hilly but now flattened to make way for as many as 500,000 future residents, a grid of streets and transit runs through the center of the city within a network of green spaces. The connected buildings were designed to look like an Oriental dragon in flight from above and the superstructure on top contains a variety of planted sloping walkways, wide-open expanses, ramps, and corridors – with the government offices below. Three interconnected urban strategies were proposed: FLAT CITY, LINK CITY, and ZERO WASTE CITY. The beautiful greenroof equals 28 acres and the pitches vary considerably, allowing it to slope down to the ground in pedestrian-friendly inclines.

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

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Our 1,600th profile added to the Projects Database, Sejong City is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week in honor of its designer, Dr. Diana Balmori, who is one of the Keynotes for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Enjoy Diana’s 10 minute video “Green Roofs to New Cities” – Now Playing at the Virtual Summit for an exclusive look into this mega project, among others, now playing though May 31, 2015 – last chance!

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Year: 2014
Owner: Multi-functional Administrative City Construction Agency of Korea
Location: Sejong, South Korea
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Other
Size: 1,237,850 sq. ft.
Slope: 1-10%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape & Urban Design and Master Planning: Balmori Associates
Architect: H Associates, Inc. and Haeahn Architecture
Project Team: Sehan Yoon, Taeman Kim, Diana Balmori, Hangman Zo, Kihong Nam, Hyungshik Kim, Arian Lee, Samgmok Kim
Photography: Efrain Mendez, ArchFrame.net

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Video & Project of the Week for May 18, 2015: Klinikum 2, Cantonal Hospital of Basel

May 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/18/15

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Klinikum 2, Cantonal Hospital of Basel
Basel, Switzerland
32,307 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The University Hospital of Basel (Cantonal Hospital of Basel) is one of the five university hospitals of Switzerland. Located in the city center, it brings together 50 clinics, units, and institutes all working together in an interdisciplinary manner under one roof. Originally constructed in 1937, by 1990 Klinikum 1 (Clinic 1) had several greenroofs installed for the benefit of patient health. Klinikum 2 was built in 1978 and all of the flat roofs sported greenroofs. In 2003 one of the greenroofs on the Klinikum 2 was reconstructed as a pilot “Habitat” greenroof spearheaded by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Researching the ecological significance of extensive greenroofs as contributors to the protection of nature and species, Dr. Brenneisen designed a space to encourage and test biodiversity. The design mimics the river bank conditions of the nearby Rhine River and the substrate regimes range from gravel and sand (simulating river terrace conditions) to topsoil coverage (for near-natural dry meadows). The original substrate depths were 6, 12, and 20 centimeters. Different micro habitats at various depths provide living areas for many local plants and animal species. The vegetated roof contains two large gravel areas to attract birds as well as areas of sedum and herbs, moss, and large grass meadows with mixed areas between. Large branches and big stones were included in the design and provide cover, and the roof is monitored for birds, spiders, beetles, ladybugs, bumblebees, and more.

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

Klinikum 2, Cantonal Hospital of Basel is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week in honor of its designer, Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, who is one of the Keynotes for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Join us and enjoy Stephan’s 26 minute video “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” for an in-depth look into his research in this very important field, now playing though May 31, 2015.

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Year: 2003
Owner: University Hospital Basel
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 32,307 sq. ft.
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Environment and Nature Resources

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Video & Project of the Week for May 11, 2015: Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall

May 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/11/15

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Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) Green Wall
Rochester, NY, USA
320 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

The LEED® Platinum certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic unit at the Rochester Institute of Technology whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility and ecologically friendly information technology systems. Designed by FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR and LeChase Construction Company, the new world-class building is a living laboratory which houses specialized research labs, student work areas, classrooms, and office suites.

One very distinctive feature is the beautiful and massive modular green wall by Green Living Technologies International. Pregrown by Plant Designs, it spans 8 feet wide and 40 feet tall near the building’s west entrance, containing 1,920 plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. The living wall is a focal point for the world class building and provides a breathtaking 4-story tapestry of texture and color that can naturally remove harmful toxins, carcinogens, and volatile organic compounds throughout the entire Galleria. Additional sustainable features of GIS include incorporating transparent infrastructure, a smart microgrid, a 144 solar panel array, vertical wind turbines, a 3,300 sf greenroof, a 1,700 gallon water storage cistern used to flush the toilets, a geothermal system, and a 400 kW fuel-cell power source.

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Thank you to Green Living Technologies International for supporting Greenroofs.com as one of our Exhibitors in the Expo Pavilion at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015, open now through May 31!

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Year: 2013
Owner: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 320 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Architect: FXFOWLE in collaboration with SWBR
Design-Build Team Leader:
LeChase Construction Company
Green Wall Specialist:
George Irwin, Green Living Technologies International
Green Wall Specialist:
Plant Designs
Green Wall System:
Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Civil Engineering Consultant:
Stantec
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering:
M/E Engineering

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