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vertical garden

Vertical garden. Go to the top of a building and find yourself walking on the roof, covered with grass like a hill.

The vertical garden today is an expanding design trend: ethics and eco. A beautiful example is the Biesbosch Museumeiland, Werkendam.

In the homonymous national park of the Netherlands, the designer of Rotterdam Marco Vermeulen renews in an eco-friendly manner. The museum has glass facades and roof covered with grass to thermally insulate the interior.

Its peculiarity is a belvedere roof, which starts from the ground and arrives at altitude, covered in green, rigorously and ‘wildly’ wild. It is not artificial nature. These are architectures designed to integrate into the territory from a dual point of view: aesthetic and environmental.

Here, then, the vegetable mantle turns into unusual clothing of the building, wrapping it literally from head to toe, thanks to terracing that descend to the ground, making hills, green mountains.
“Our choice was to integrate the building into the landscape by creating a sloping roof. In this way, the construction does not interfere with the contour, but includes it, making it accessible to visitors and locals. The structure is open 24 hours a day for anyone, not only for holders of the entrance ticket to the exhibition space. So today everyone has a way to interact even more with the environment, nature and the museum “, continue the architects.

The concept of such projects, often born of specific topographic needs, such as protected landscapes, is today an increasingly widespread practice, internationally, thanks to its many benefits.

The protection of the environment becomes, in fact, a design constraint but also a stimulus for the idea.

The natural world helps to shape the artificial landscape, in an unusual, functional, ethically correct, as well as beautiful union. With a strong visual appeal, these structures are camouflaged in the landscape and often have a low environmental impact thanks to advanced eco-sustainable solutions.

Another example of a vertical garden is the Giant Interactive Headquarters in Shanghai.

The headquarters of the main video game producer group in China is defined by the designers, the SWA studio, an “ecological park and living laboratory”.

Developed on over 18 hectares, the campus includes buildings for industrial activities, but also a hotel, a clubhouse, an artificial lake and an island with the company’s CEO. The head office is built according to strict criteria of environmental sustainability. But it denotes respect for the environment also from the point of view of the design of the structure, which is characterized by the green roof of surfaces bent like hills and covered with lawn.

This is the description of the Giant Interactive Headquarters in Shanghai created by SWA Group with the collaboration of Morphosis Architects.

After the terraces, after the vertical green, it is therefore the era of experimentation of ‘hill’ roofs, for which it is difficult to speak of roofs because of their ‘top-down’ nature, without interruption.

Finally another project of this kind, but with a change of course on the material is the Huangshan Mountain Village.

It is a resort of holiday residences that incorporates the topography of the territory with buildings-mountains of different altitudes, covered, this time, of gray granite, like the surrounding rocks.

You just have to surround yourself with nature and get lost in this, to find again the link with the earth.