Project of the Week for December 5, 2016: Sejong, Public Administration Town

December 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/05/16

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

Publisher’s Note: We are showcasing the Sejong, Public Administration Town again as our Project of the Week in honor and remembrance of its designer, Dr. Diana Balmori who passed away in November.  You can see Diana talking about this and other thoughtful sustainable design projects in her Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Keynote Video: “Green Roofs to New Cities.”

Project of the Week Mini 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.

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

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.

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

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

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

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

Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

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Project of the Week Sejong Public Administration Town Diana Balmori

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Project of the Week for October 31, 2016: ASLA Headquarters

October 31, 2016 at 10:47 am

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/31/16

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ASLA Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
3,000 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

In 2006, the American Society of Landscape Architects demonstrated their commitment to sustainable design by incorporating a greenroof atop their Washington, DC Headquarters. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates led the design process, collaborating with Conservation Design Forum to develop the design and specifications for the approximately 3,000 square-foot roof surface. The plan was to create a landmark demonstration project, and a primary focus was to make greenroofs more mainstream and demonstrate that landscape architects play a central role in green roof design and construction.

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

The ASLA roof contains six distinct greenroof conditions, representing extensive, semi intensive, and intensive systems ranging in growing media depths of 3 to 21 inches. North and south “waves” dominate the design, with a central viewing platform with seating areas for the public, and a stairwell structure. The American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly was chosen for the greenroof system, and to effectively confine and stabilize the growing media on the sloped waves, GardNet™ was installed. With plants and consulting provided by Emory Knoll Farms, the plant palette has evolved over the years. The South Wave now consists mostly of sedum and Prickly Pear cactus and the North Wave is covered with 50% sedum, with thread-leaf tickseeds, chives, nodding onions, black-eyed Susans, Virginia wild rye, silver king, and butterfly milkweed. Fragrant sumacs cover the new staircase, and sedums grow profusely under the grates.  Monitored from July 2006 to May 2007, the living roof prevented 27,500 gallons of stormwater – or 77% of all precipitation – from flowing into D.C.’s overburdened sewer system, and it continues to keep the roof temperature as much as 43.5 degrees F cooler than neighboring conventional black roofs in the summer as well as reducing building energy use by 10% over the winter.

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Year: 2006
Owner: American Society of Landscape Architects
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3000 sq.ft.
Slope: 30%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Prime Consultant / Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Project Manager: Chris Counts, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.
Green Roof Consultant: Conservation Design Forum, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, PC
Architect: DMJM
Plant Supplier & Consultant: Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Roof Contractor/Plant Installation: TectaAmerica/Magco
Edging & Drains: Green Roof Products/St. Louis Metalworks
Lighting Design: Outdoor Illumination
General Contractor: Forrester Construction Company
Architectural Services: Gensler

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

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Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Project of the Week for October 10, 2016: The Rock House

October 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/10/16

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The Rock House
Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
250 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Tucked into a remote hillside of rocky, volcanic soil against the backdrop of a pastoral landscape in Northwestern Cameroon, The Rock House project sits at an elevation of 6500 feet in the highlands of the Nso kingdom outside of the regional capital of Kumbo. Deluged by sixty inches of precipitation in the rainy season and parched by a dry season lasting 5 months, the design relies on what is immediately available within a stone’s throw. This green roof was planned and built to star as the pilot project of AREA, the African Research & Exchange Academy, the brainchild of Dr. Ajume Wingo, a man dedicated to helping his country and community. Designer Karla Dakin wanted a building that literally fit into the environment with an infinity edge roof where green roof and horizon meld into one.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

The vernacular architecture of Cameroon tends to look inward to protect against the glaring light, heat, and dust of summer and the relentless, winter winds and rains. There are no formal, commercial, or established systems used here. With the indispensable ingenuity of structural engineer Terence Lendzele, Dakin designed the glorified “shed” to wrap itself around volcanic stone. She dug up native grasses, perennials and soil (2-3 inches in depth) and carried it in buckets up to the roof, laying it down exactly as it lived on porous rock nearby. She trained a young man, Ferdinand, to help her and he quickly became the project coordinator, taking charge of the planting and making sure plenty of native flowers and mosses found their way up to a new home. As for irrigation and maintenance, this roof will rely on the natural elements. “The Rock House,” as the locals call it, defies the elements atop a barren hill with picture windows taking in a breathtaking view for miles and miles. Dr. Wingo tells people it is an art piece because they cannot believe it is a building.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

NOTE:  Landscape architect Karla Dakin, also the architectural designer for The Rock House, would appreciate any help identifying the native plants found on the site for the greenroof.  She says there are no books for plants for this particular region, and although there is one for a nearby region, it is very expensive with no guarantee it will contain the correct vegetation.

Any ideas? Please contact Karla at: karla@kdakindesign.com.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Year: 2016
Owner: AREA (African Research & Exchange Academy), Dr. Ajume Wingo
Location: Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 250 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architectural Designer and Landscape Architect: Karla Dakin, Principal, K. Dakin Design Inc.
Structural Engineer: Terence Lendzele
Project Coordinator: Ferdinand

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

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Project of the Week for September 19, 2016: Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

September 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/19/16

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort Rooftop Hydroponic Farm
Bangkok, Thailand
30,139 sf. Hydroponic Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Set on 11 riverside acres of verdant gardens on the Chao Phraya River, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a thriving luxury oasis offering a unique way to experience Bangkok. Recently granted GOLD Certification by Green Growth 2050, the global sustainability certification standard for travel and tourism, the hotel is committed to continuing a tradition of offering its guests a taste of ‘local experiences.’ Partnering with Bangsai Agricultural Centre, they now offer guests a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested selection of Western and Asian herbs, vegetables and salads in the resort’s 2,800 square-meter Rooftop Hydroponic Farm.

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Perched on the third floor overlooking the grand river, the Hydroponic Rooftop Farm consists of Small Green Houses, Sprouting Rooms, Green Houses, and Green Tunnels. Plants are grown in a mineral-rich solution on specially constructed growing platforms under controlled temperature and lighting conditions. A variety of Asian vegetables, Western vegetables, and salads are offered including herbs, melons, organic tomatoes, green zucchini and cucumbers, mixed greens, rocket salads, and micro greens, with a daily production of between 12 – 50 kilograms for each product. The Hydroponic Farm offers greater access to clean, fresh, certified organic produce containing the highest possible nutrition per calorie with up to seven times more rich nutrient compared to produce found in local supermarkets while using no soil, 90 percent less water, 70 percentage less land, and 50 percent less fertilizer. Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort serves daily fresh locally produced greens from its hotel-based Hydroponic Farm, and discriminating guests can now taste the difference and value the idea to super fresh being important to their health, as it does not get any fresher than having freshly grown greens ‘straight from the farm to the table in a day.’

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Year: 2016
Owner: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive, Hydroponic
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 30139 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Hydroponic Farming Design: Makavan Horsuwan and Chauphan Horsuwan, Bangsai Agricultural Centre
Rooftop Hydroponic Farm Partner/Host: Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Hydroponic Techniques: Dynamic Root Floating Technique System, Nutrient Film Technique, Hydroponic Drip Irrigation Bucket System, Water Fogging System

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

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Project of the Week Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooftop Hydroponic Farm

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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