Green roofs are changing architecture? This is how Lloyd Alter started his article on
Tree Hugger in February 16, 2015.
In today’s modern architecture you sometimes cannot tell where the ground ends and
the roof starts. This is definitely different from what used to be black tar and
covered with mechanical equipment top of a building. One terrific example says Lloyd
Alter is the Designboom, a campus outside Paris designed by Jean-Philippe Pargade
architecte. The most dramatic feature is the landscaped area, which in in fact a
green roof on top of laboratories and public areas.
According to Designboom he says: The design is defined by the so-called ‘landscape wave’, an undulating concrete roof canopy topped with a vast area of plantation. The vaulted structure uses techniques often found in bridge building, and fittingly houses a vast concrete testing lab. The accessible green roof not only provides the campus with external areas for recreation, but also reinforces the surrounding structures, uniting the entirety of the scheme.
Green Roof design have come a long way Lloyd Alter says; When the first green roofs appeared, they were almost afterthoughts; this one on Toronto's Mountain Equipment Coop in Toronto is recognized as one of the early entries. It's not even accessible; you have to climb a ladder. It certainly isn't visible from anywhere in the building.
To prove durability and long life span of green roofs, Lloyd Alter closes his article with this final statement, he says: Fifteen years later, the green roof IS the building, defining its whole look and feel. It's a whole new architectural language. And this building speaks volumes.
Source: Tree Hugger