segunda-feira, 21 de maio de 2012

Brooklyn Botanic Garden |Weiss & Manfredi| Sustainable Architecture

One of the main topics of my thesis research is based on sustainability, mainly because i'm working in an illegal residential area located on the periphery of Lisbon (Portugal's Capital) and the "green" is losing importance everyday. I'm trying to configure a urban plan that is supported primarily on green structures and public spaces for the local community.

That's why i'm posting this interesting project i found, a Botanic Garden located in Brooklyn City. It as been recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission with an award of Excellent Design.

Those are two of the Architectural team Renders:

This glass construction appears as a seamless extension of the existing topography, assumed as an architectural presence on the street facade transforming itself in a structured landscape when   it's spreading inside the garden. It incorporates numerous environmental sustainable features of which stand the living roof.

The curved glass walls of the Visitor Center offer veiled views into the Garden, their fritted glass filtering light. In contrast to the southern face of the building, the north side is built into a preexisting berm, which increases thermal efficiency. Its clerestory glazing—along with the fritted glass on the south walls— minimizes heat gain and maximizes natural illumination. A geoexchange system heats and cools the interior spaces, and a series of rain gardens collect and filter runoff to improve storm-water management.

The green roof will change throughout the year, literally transforming the nature of the architecture each season. 

Nearly 60,000 plants were installed around the Visitor Center, including cherry, magnolia, and tupelo trees; viburnums; native roses; and three rain gardens full of water-loving plants. In combination with the green roof, this ambitious installation seamlessly weaves the Center into the green tapestry of the Garden.

It is a perfect symbiosis between architecture and landscape and how can we use nature to benefit and maximize constructions functions and utilities.

Materials: Architectural cast-in-place concrete; curtain wall of custom-fritted insulated glass and aluminum; canopy of custom-fritted laminated glass and stainless steel, architectural exposed structural steel, custom copper roof, green roof, wood paneling milled from ginkgo trees harvested on-site; specialty acoustic ceiling and wall panels

Hope you enjoyed it. Over and Out!

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