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

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Project of the Week Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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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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Project of the Week for April 4, 2016: International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

April 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/04/16

International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) – Instituto Internacional de Dasonomía Tropical
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
12,600 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Description & Details

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Created in 1939, the International Institute of Tropical Forestry is a research and technology transfer institute located in Puerto Rico, part of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The IITF serves as a focal point for bringing external research and educational resources to bear on issues affecting tropical forests and grasslands and recently underwent a long restoration of its headquarters complex. With stormwater and urban heat island mitigation as goals, the new LEED-Gold Institute has 50,000 square feet of modern, state-of-the-art facilities that include a green, pervious parking lot; rainwater harvesting; retention ponds; and a green roof research station.

Architect Jeannette Rullán from RMA Architects, green roof consultant David L. Aponte from PRGD, and USDA engineer Juan Vissepó designed the green roofs as an experimental intervention that would further the understanding in hydrological, thermal, and ecological behavior and benefits in a sub-tropical scenario. Test green roofs were installed on four buildings and sub-divisioning resulted in 7 green roofs and 1 cool roof. A total of 22 species were used – around 16,000 plugs, with some seeds. Materials used include: Firestone 90 mil EPDM membrane; ZinCo green roof material; and Rooflite extensive growing media. Four cisterns collect 6,800 gallons of harvested stormwater, used for general cleaning and irrigation, including the green roofs when necessary. The monitoring scheme compiles the green roofs’ effectiveness regarding balances of energy, water, and nutrients with two Campbell weather stations to monitor air temperature, humidity, wind speed, impact energy, and rain. Sensors were placed on the ground surface, inside the volume of the soil, and the roof surface – on both cool and green roofs, for a total of 80 sensors. During the hottest times of the day, the green roof temperature is about 10° F cooler than ambient temperature. The differences in temperature between the green roof and ambient temperature mean less burden on the internal control of the temperature of the building and therefore result in energy savings on this iconic, historic building site.

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Year: 2012
Owner: USDA Forest Service
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 12,600 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Restoration Lead: Juan Vissepó, Engineer, IITF
Restoration Architect: Jeannette Rullán, RMA Architects
Green Roof Specialist: David L Aponte, President, PRGD Inc.
Greenroof System: Nick Smith, ZinCo USA
Waterproofing: Firestone Waterproofing Products
Growing Media: Peter Philippi, rooflite
Collection and Analysis of Green Roofs: David Aponte Dones
Original Architect: William Ellis (W. Ellis) Groben, US Forestry Service

Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

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Project of the Week International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)

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Video & Project of the Week for October 5, 2015: High Line

October 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/05/15

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High Line: Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
New York, NY, USA
~300,313 sq. ft. Greenroof

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Project Description & Details

An ambitious and highly acclaimed urban reclamation project created in three phases over a period of eight years, the award-winning High Line is noted for its innovative design and sustainability. Located in New York City’s Meatpacking District and Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the length of the High Line traverses 23 uninterrupted city blocks, 30 feet in the air, with expansive views of New York City and the Hudson River. At a total of 1.45 miles the High Line is considered the “longest greenroof” in the world to date.

The former abandoned elevated railway was championed by the non-profit group “Friends of the High Line” and designed by the landscape architecture firm of James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro with planting design from Piet Oudolf and engineering design by Buro Happold. ZinCo USA provided the technical basis for all the green roof design concepts in terms of plants, walkways, and leisure areas with Floradrain® drainage elements and ZinCoblend M growing medium.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Phase 1 was completed in 2009 and starts at the Gansevoort Stair. Features include the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook passing through the Gansevoort Woodland; Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature; Chelsea Market Passage; Northern Spur Reserve; 10th Avenue Square and Overlook; Plaza and Woodland; Washington Grasslands; 14th Street Passage; and the Chelsea Grasslands.

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Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

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Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Phase 2 was completed in 2011 and features include the Chelsea Thicket; Wildflower Field; 23rd Street Lawn; Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover; and the 26th Street Viewing Spur.

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Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

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Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Completed in 2014, Phase 3 picks up around the far west side of the Hudson Yards to West 34th Street across from the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Features include the Pershing Square Beams; Interim Walkway; and the CSX Transportation Gate.

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Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

One of the most expensive parks ever constructed, the High Line is also one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations and receives 5 million visitors per year. From an overgrown abandoned railroad trestle to a delightful changing panorama of self-seeded landscape and re-introduced indigenous vegetation, original and restored rails, and contemporary artwork to a wide variety of places for relaxation and enjoyment, the iconic High Line is dearly loved as a remarkable landscaped city park in the air.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Find more photos and additional information on each profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database: Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Year: 2009, 2011 and 2014
Owner: City of New York
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: ~300,313 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Planting Design: Piet Oudolf
Engineering: Buro Happold
Greenroof System: ZinCo USA
Greenroof Installation: Kelco Landscaping
General Contractor: KiSKA Construction
Construction Management: SiteWorks Landscape & Lend Lease

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

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Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

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