Project of the Week for May 23, 2016: Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall

May 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/23/16

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Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center Two-Sided Green Wall
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
200 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Based in West Michigan, Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group. And Spectrum Health’s heart and vascular care experts deliver world-class care. In June 2015, Spectrum Health installed a 200-square-foot green wall outside an entrance to the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center. Measuring 5’4” high by 20’ wide on each side, the freestanding living wall is a unique two-sided installation, proposed by Dave MacKenzie of LiveWall.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

The east-facing side is the Heart Planted Wall, visible as patients and staff come up to the building entrance. It’s landscaped with a distinctive design of three heart shapes expressed in a dark red color with Coral Bells plus other perennials and sedums. The west side facing toward the building is the Vertical Edibles Garden planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs, promoting healthy eating for healthy hearts. Vegetables grown here include tomatoes, green peppers, Swiss chard, kale, leeks and herbs such as oregano, basil, rosemary, and mint. Spectrum Health Medical Group Nurse Kathleen Nickerson envisioned the heart design as an art piece to promote healthy living, symbolizing the process patients are engaged in to restore or improve their cardiovascular health. She says, “The two sides are the two sides of heart health.” In total 150 plants with about a dozen different types were planted in the LiveWall Outdoor System with Automatic Irrigation. During work breaks, staff enjoy looking at the green wall and gather at picnic tables and benches placed on the lawn nearby. They also benefit from harvesting herbs and vegetables to take home. Overall, the green wall is a sustainability statement with a clear line of sight from the parking lot and sidewalk leading up to the building. The prominent two-sided green wall not only welcomes patients and staff as they enter the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center, but the thriving living wall also inspires heart health with its unique, thoughtful, and demonstrative design.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Year: 2015
Owner: Spectrum Health System
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 200 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System: LiveWall Outdoor – Automatic Irrigation
Green Wall Design: Kathleen Nickerson, R.N., Spectrum Health System
Green Wall Design: Dave MacKenzie, LiveWall
Green Wall Maintenance: Kloosterman Landscaping, Inc.

Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

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Project of the Week Spectrum Health Two-Sided Green Wall

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Project of the Week for May 16, 2016: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

May 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm
Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Visitor Center aerial shot at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by © Albert Vecerka-ESTO. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Click to learn more in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/16/16

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center
Brooklyn, New York, USA
9,690 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Founded in 1910, the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Embedded into an existing hillside in its northeast corner, the new LEED Gold certified Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center offers an exciting and innovative gateway into the garden. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi, the $28-million Visitor Center is a model of energy-efficient design, including earth-sheltered construction, a geoexchange system for heating and cooling, fritted-glass walls, and a striking undulating green roof. Seamlessly melding architecture and landscape, the 20,000-square-foot sinuous glass building has dual roofs: pleated copper on top of the gift shop on the east side, which will eventually oxidize to a greenish patina, and the leaf-shaped living roof on the west.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

The serpentine form of the living roof hosts over 40,000 plants, supplied by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, in a richly textured variety of grasses, flowering perennials, and bulbs, including a number of native species. Thriving in all seasons, the biodiverse green roof attracts a variety of birds and pollinators. The slope is a prominent visual element of the site, pitched from 4 to 27 degrees, including a peak in the roof’s center. Roofmeadow designed the green roof profile and the slope stabilization system. Roofmeadow and Sika Sarnafil (the waterproofing provider), are warranting the assembly for a period of 20 years. As a condition of the warranty New York Green Roofs, who also installed the green roof, is maintaining the roofscape. Landscape architecture firm HM White Site Architects incorporated the green roof into the site’s stormwater management strategy and the vegetated roof is expected to harvest almost 200,000 gallons of water each year. The multi-award winning Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is an inspired example of innovative and sustainable design with its engaging exhibits, enhanced visitor amenities, and gracious event space.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Year: 2011
Owner: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 9,690 sq.ft.
Slope: 21%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Photo ©Albert Vecerka Esto, Courtesy of Roofmeadow.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism: WEISS/MANFREDI
Landscape Architect:
HM White Site Architects
Construction:
EW Howell General Contractor
Green Roof System Provider and Designer:
Roofmeadow
Waterproofing Manufacturer:
Sika Sarnafil
Growing Media:
Stancills
Pant Supplier:
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens
Greenroof Installer & Maintenance:
New York Green Roofs
Irrigation:
New York Green Roofs
Post Construction Maintenance Management:
Roofmeadow

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Photo ©Albert Vecerka Esto, Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

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Project of the Week Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

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Project of the Week for May 9, 2016: Hotel Remota

May 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/09/16

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Hotel Remota
Puerto Natales, Chile
18,700 sf. Greenroofs

Publisher’s Note: In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’ve selected this beautiful project in honor of my Chilean mother, Eliana.

Project of the Week Description & Details

Seamlessly integrated into the breathtaking Chilean Patagonian landscape, the Hotel Remota, or Remote Hotel, is a unique architectural masterpiece built featuring a striking blackened wood-and-felt exterior and operated with ecological and sustainable practices along with a deep-rooted sense of Chilean culture. The 5-star eco Hotel Remota has a privileged location by the ocean at the starting point of the amazing mountains, lakes and glaciers of the Chilean Patagonia and all of the rooms have a view of Ultima Esperanza Bay, the Balmaceda Glacier, and the Paine Mountain Range. Inspired by Patagonian sheep farm buildings, architect Germán del Sol designed the lodge to blend into the surrounding vistas and offer unparalleled luxury. Built to appear like a big black barn from the distance, warm yellow lights gleam from the hotel’s interior at night, and its interior design embraces Chilean cultural heritage.

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Set on 4.31 hectares, the empty, natural central plaza introduces the vast wilderness at the core of the hotel with its treeless courtyard of boulders. Saving energy was an important consideration at Hotel Remota with its passive-solar design and water and light-saving features. Guests are invited to rest body and soul in the 72 ample-sized rooms, done in slate and untreated wood with vibrant sunflower-yellow accents. The impressive spa includes two ten-person saunas and an infinity pool that reflects the constantly changing skies. The natural grass of the Patagonian plain is left to grow wild all around Hotel Remota, including on the two sloping greenroofs. Zigzagging with the sloping ground, the roofs’ asphalt-coated concrete slabs are covered in gravel and planted with a two-foot- or 60 centimeter-high carpet of native grasses. Hard-core adventurers and nature lovers delight in the abundance of activities here at the southern tip of South America, and the magnificent views to the fjord of Last Hope at Hotel Remota are the perfect setting for perfect comfort in the bucolic Patagonian surroundings.

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Year: 2005
Owner: Inmobiliaria Mares del Sur Ltda.
Location: Puerto Natales, Chile
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 18700 sq.ft.
Slope: 14.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Germán del Sol, Arquitecto
Structural Engineer: Pedro Bartolom
Collaborating Architects: José Luis Ibañez, Francisca Schüler, & Carlos Venegas
Construction: SALFACORP S.A.
Photography: Guy Wemborne, Felipe Camus, and Turek, Courtesy of Germán del Sol; and Hotel Remota

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

Project of the Week Hotel Remota

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Project of the Week Hotel Remota

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Project of the Week for April 25, 2016: 8 House (Tallet)

April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/25/16

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8 House (Tallet)
Copenhagen, Denmark
18,300 sf. Greenroofs & 1,076 sf Planted Terraces

Project of the Week Description & Details

8 House is a 61,000 square meter bowtie-shaped mixed-use building of three different types of residential housing and 10,000 square meters of retail and offices which comprise Denmark’s largest private development ever undertaken. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), 8 House sits on the outer edge of Copenhagen as the southernmost outpost of Ørestad. 8 House stacks all ingredients of a lively urban neighborhood into horizontal layers of typologies connected by a continuous promenade and cycling path up to the 10th floor, creating a three-dimensional urban neighborhood where suburban life merges with the energy of a big city.

With spectacular views towards the Copenhagen Canal and over Kalvebod Fælled’s protected, open spaces, 8 House not only offers residences to people in all of life’s stages as well as office spaces to the city’s business and trade – it also serves as a house that allows people to bike all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block. Two 32 degree-sloping green roofs are strategically placed to reduce the urban heat island effect as well as provide the visual identity to the project and tying it back to the adjacent farmlands towards the south. Using pre-vegetated mats from Veg Tech AS, the build-up is about 4 cm, which includes an installed irrigation system. In addition, 100 individual semi-intensive, 1-square meter gardens with planters from ZinCo were planted on the terraces, installed by MALMOS. Originally, the entire roof was designed as a continuous green roof, yet due to the economic climate only the lower portions were greened. The shape of the building allows for daylighting and natural ventilation for all units. In addition, rainwater is collected and repurposed through a stormwater management system. 8 House is unique not only because it reduces the urban heat island effect with its cool courtyards, planted trees at entrances, container plantings on the balconies, and 18,300-square foot green roofs, but the living roofs visually connect back to its pre-construction site on the prairie fields, creating a true sense of spirit of place.

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Year: 2010
Owner: St. Frederikslund Holding
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 19,376 sq. ft.
Slope: 62.5%
Access: Inaccessible (Extensive) and Accessible (Semi-Intensive), Private

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Contractor: Hopfner Partners
Civil Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard
Roofing Contractor: Uldum Tag ApS
Roof Decks: Skandek Tagelementfabrik A/S
Pre-vegetated Mat Greenroof System: Veg Tech A/S
Partner-In-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Bjarke Ingels Group
Project Leader: Ole Elkjaer-Larsen, Henrick Poulsen, Bjarke Ingels Group
Project Manager: Finn Norkjaer, Henrik Lund, Bjarke Ingels Group
Planter Installation in Townhouse Gardens: Per Malmos, MALMOS
Semi-intensive Planters: ZinCo GmbH

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

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Project of the Week 8 House Tallet

NOTES: Don’t miss our contributing editor Steven Cantor‘s new article, “Copenhagen Green Tour” where you can see more photos of 8 House!  To see more photos, read my last Sky Gardens Blog post about 8 House here.

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