Project of the Week for September 5, 2016: Santalaia

September 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 9/05/16

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Santalaia
Bogotá, Colombia
33,551 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

The Santalaia is a high end multi-family residential building in the Colombian capital of Bogotá with a wonderful view over the eastern hills. In 2013 architects Exacta Proyecto Total approached Groncol, a vertical garden and greenroof design/build firm, with the idea of having the building entirely covered with plants. Due to Groncol’s experience using Paisajismo Urbano’s f+p hydroponic system, they were hired to design and construct one of the world’s largest vertical gardens at about 33,550 square feet. Completed in December 2015, the project took a total of eight months of planning and eight months of construction to build the green wall 9 stories above ground and 2 stories underground.

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía: danielsegurafotografia.co

The architect’s intent was to produce a uniform green tone and plant volume, and naturalized plants in the massive f+p green wall include Hebe Mini, asparagus fern, rosemary, vincas, and spathiphyllum, among others – in total about 115,000 plants. Designing irrigation, water recycling systems, and plant selection were some of the biggest challenges. The vertical garden was constructed over a large metallic structure designed specifically for the project. Forty-two irrigation stations are used for the living wall which uses water from the apartments’ showers for irrigation. The plant coverage helps reduce the urban heat island effect and Groncol says 115,000 plants equal a carbon footprint compensation for 700 people; 3,000 square meters of vegetation provide oxygen for 3,000 people; and the very large green wall offers the equivalent of air cleansing for the PMM emissions of 745 cars. The end result is the highly successful establishment of one of the most beautiful and largest Vertical Gardens in the world. The lush Santalaia green wall is a reminder that we should not live only in a concrete covered city, we should be constantly relating with nature instead.

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía: danielsegurafotografia.co

Publisher’s Note: Read my blog post Come to Bogota for the 2016 WGIC which will be held in the beautiful and green capital city of Colombia on October 19 – 21, 2016.  And don’t miss out on the last Early Bird Discount for registration which ends on September 22!

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Year: 2015
Owner: Private
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 33,551 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Exacta Proyecto Total
Building Construction Company: Exacta Proyecto Total
Vertical Garden Design and Implementation: Groncol
Vertical Garden Technology/System: f+p system (Sistema f+p), Paisajismo Urbano

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

Santalaia. Photo Courtesy of ©Daniel Segura Fotografía: danielsegurafotografia.co.

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Project of the Week Santalaia Bogota Colombia

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Project of the Week for August 29, 2016: Delft University of Technology Library

August 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/29/16

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Delft University of Technology Library
Delft, The Netherlands
16,146 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Also known as TU Delft, Delft University is the largest and oldest public Dutch technical university. Constructed in the 1960s, the large, brutalist concrete Aula or General Assembly Hall from Van den Broek & Bakema overshadowed the site for the new library and the university needed a campus atmosphere which included lawns with flowers and trees where students and professors could meet informally on broad stairs. The original 1997 intensive greenroof over the library was replaced in 2009. The 15,000 m² library contains extensive underground book archives, reading rooms, the university publisher, offices, Trésor for historical books and exhibitions, study spaces, and a book binder and book shop.

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Mecanoo designed the Delft University of Technology Library as a sloped plane, extending the grass from the ground to the very edge of the roof. The structure appears to rise out of the earth, covered with soft grass for all sorts of recreation and pierced by its iconic steel cone. The roof is supported by slender, splayed steel columns in a huge hall enclosed with canted, fully glazed walls. Extending forty meters above grade and floodlit at night, the cone acts as a beacon on the campus day and night. The cone houses four levels of traditional study spaces connected by a helical stair. A suspended gallery of books against cobalt blue walls runs right through all four levels. Within the cone, a central void provides daylight from a glazed roof to the internal reading spaces. The new greenroof system by ZinCo Benelux has a fully adhered two layered roofing system on a cellular glass insulation and ZinCo Elastodrain. The lightweight 6 inch deep substrate and lawn roof is freely accessible for walking and lounging, creating a new amenity for the whole campus. Enjoyed throughout the year, the greenroof is converted into a sledding hill in the winter for further recreation.

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Year: 2009
Owner: ING Vastgoed
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Building Type: Educational
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 16146 sq.ft.
Slope: 15%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractors: Van Oorschot Versloot Bouw & Boele van Eesteren V.O.F.
Structural Engineer: ABT bv
Building Physics Consultant: Adviesbureau Peutz Associes b.v.
Electrical Engineer: Deerns raadgevende ingenieurs b.v.
Mechanical Engineer: Ketel raadgevende ingenieurs b.v.
Architect: Mecanoo
Greenroof System: ZinCo Benelux
Contractors: Leven op Daken, Mastum Daksystemen, Van der Tol

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

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Project of the Week for August 22, 2016: The B.O.B. Sky Patio

August 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/22/16

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The B.O.B. Sky Patio
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
608 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Sky Patio at The B.O.B. – an acronym for Big Old Building – is a landmark destination for dining and entertainment and a prime location in western Michigan to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The 70,000-square-foot, four-story, red brick building was constructed in 1903 as Judson’s Grocery warehouse and stood vacant for decades before The Gilmore Collection saved it from demolition and began its multi-venue transformation which opened in 1997. Accessed through Bobarino’s, the second floor restaurant, The B.O.B. Sky Patio features a double-sided green wall that surrounds guests with greenery and provides fresh produce for the kitchen.

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Installed in August 2015 using the LiveWall system, the double-sided green wall totals 608 square feet. The three exterior sections are attached to the outside of the fencing that surrounds the patio. Facing out to the street, these sections frame the Sky Patio on three sides with annuals and perennials including coleus, impatiens, bigroot geranium, and vinca vine. There are five interior sections: three on the inside of the perimeter fence, and two on the back wall of the building. In addition to flowers, the interior sections include vegetables and herbs used in all of their everyday dishes such as parsley, chives, and varieties of kale, Swiss chard, and rainbow carrots. The B.O.B.’s mixology team also incorporates fresh basil, mint, lemongrass, and thyme into special summer cocktails. In addition, the green walls provide opportunities to work with outreach organizations, local schools, food co-ops, and neighborhood associations. Contributing to the beautification of downtown plus dampening traffic sounds, the living walls green up the exterior and interior of The B.O.B. Sky Patio, making it more inviting from the street below and enhancing the dining experience of the guests.

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Year: 2015
Owner: Gilmore Collection Restaurants
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 608 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Director of Sustainability: Alice Jasper, The Gilmore Collection
Greenwall System: LiveWall®
Gardener: Barbie Smith, The Gilmore Collection
Greenwall Maintenance: The Gilmore Collection
Bobarino’s Chef: Mick Rickerd

Project of the Week The B.O.B. Sky Patio

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Project of the Week for July 25, 2016: Marina Barrage

July 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 7/25/16

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Marina Barrage
Singapore
140,700 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

The Marina Barrage is a 350 meter-wide dam built at the confluence of five rivers across the Marina Channel to create Singapore’s first urban reservoir. The reservoir boosts Singapore’s water supply, alleviates flooding in low lying areas, and provides a new lifestyle attraction and venue for recreational activities. To exemplify Singapore’s commitment in environmental and water sustainability, the Barrage is designed with environmentally friendly principles in mind. Designed by Architects Team 3, features such as a massive roof garden, solar panels, and a rainwater collection system were incorporated. The green roof is accessible via a lift inside the main complex, or visitors can walk up through its beautifully arced looping pathway.

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Visitors to the Marina Barrage are free to play, picnic or simply relax on the expansive recreational space provided by the green roof. Under the lush sloping green lawn and recreational space on the green roof lie 14,000 square meters of VersiCell drainage modules by Elmich, made from 100% recycled plastics. The sprinkler system on the rooftop is linked to sensors which detect water from rainfall. Marina Barrage says, “The grass and soil shield the building from the sun and reduces maximum surface temperature by 3° centigrade.” Double-glazed glass panels on the building also reduce heat and the 405 panels of the Solar Park atop the green roof generate about 50% of the daytime electricity needed for indoor lighting and power points at the Barrage. The green roof commands a panoramic view of Singapore’s cityscape to one side of the magnificent Marina Bay Sands, the adjacent Gardens by the Bay and its magnificent Cloud Forest conservatory, and the Singapore Flyer. It also affords an unobstructed view of the harbor and amazing views of the South China Sea on the other. Marina Barrage is truly a showpiece of environmental sustainability and a beautiful multi-purpose attraction.

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Year: 2008
Owner: PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 140700 sq.ft.
Slope: 8%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Architects Team 3 Pte Ltd, Singapore
Landscape Contract Owner: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer and Manufacturer of VersiCell sub-soil drainage modules: Elmich Pte Ltd
Structural and Buildings Services: SKM Singapore
Main Contractor: Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

Photo Source: Families for Life.

Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

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Project of the Week Marina Barrage Singapore

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