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Quilted greenhouse by C. F. Møller inflates to alter light and heat

Quilted greenhouse by C. F. Møller inflates to alter light and heat | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A facade of translucent plastic pillows can be pumped up to alter lighting and temperature inside this domed greenhouse, located at the Aarhus botanical gardens, by C. F. Møller.


The architects worked with membrane facade specialist formTL to create the ETFE plastic facade of the new Tropical House to provide an energy-efficient envelope with a quilted texture around the 18-metre-high structure.

The light and heat conditions within the building can be adapted by increasing or decreasing the air pressure inside the pillows, which then changes the translucence of the facade.

The domed shape and the building's orientation in relation to the points of the compass have been chosen because this precise format gives the smallest surface area coupled with the largest volume, as well as the best possible sunlight incidence in winter, and the least possible in summer," said the architects.

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Greenhouse of steel trees in Switzerland: a pavilion inspired by nature

Greenhouse of steel trees in Switzerland: a pavilion inspired by nature | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Steel trees with sprawling branches support the glass roof of this greenhouse in Switzerland. Designed by Buehrer Wuest Architekten and located in a botanical garden outside the village of Grüningen, the greenhouse is used for growing subtropical plants such as banana and papaya.

The architects borrowed structural patterns found in nature, like the membranes of a leaf, to create the geometric structure of the roof. 

 

From the architects: 'The new pavilion at the botanical garden at Grueningen relates strongly to its context. The design was inspired by the surrounding forest, not the built environment. Both the formal vocabulary and the structural concept derive from nature. The pavilion is conceived to harmonize with and expand the forest. The geometry of the roof as surrounding membrane was determined by the position of the old and new trunks. The forest was augmented by four steel trees that form the primary structural system of the pavilion. At about five meters, the trunks branch toward the treetop, which forms the natural roof. A secondary glass construction, suspended from the steel branches, encloses the inner space of the greenhouse.'

 

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High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop

High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The roof of a city-owned downtown parkade will be converted to a high-tech vertical growing space capable of producing 95 tonnes of fresh vegetables a year.

Vancouver-based Valcent Products has entered into a memorandum of understanding with EasyPark, the corporate manager of the city’s parkades, to build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on underutilized space on the roof of the parkade at 535 Richards Street, in the heart of the downtown core.

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University of Applied Sciences by BDG Architecten

University of Applied Sciences by BDG Architecten | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This building challenges the preconception of an exclusively formal climate for institutions of higher learning. Designed by BDG Architecten, the CAH University of Applied Sciences in Dronten (a school for agricultural studies) symbolizes a new educational vernacular.

In line with BDG’s programmatic doctrine, the overall design of the building is driven by a strong sustainable concept with the efficient use of sunlight, rainwater and clean air flow.
The solution was a 16-m-high greenhouse, inside which two buildings provide space for both people and plants. The greenhouse functions as a huge air duct, regulating ventilation through an integrated smart climate system. Passive cooling in the form of solar blinds and etched-glass panels prevents overheating in the summer. Rainwater is collected and reused to flush toilets and to clean the building.

The architects’ inside-outside juxtaposition of volumes. Composed of a skeleton of white steel trusses and modular glass panels, the outermost structure encompasses a pair of timber-clad buildings whose solidity cuts through the otherwise light-filled structure. The incorporation of vegetation at various places increases the flow of fresh air and further diminishes the sense of enclosure...

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Sweden building major urban greenhouse for vertical gardens

Sweden building major urban greenhouse for vertical gardens | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Swedish firm Plantagon has broken ground on a large urban greenhouse, its first major foray into vertical agriculture.

Plantagon, a Stockholm-based firm developing urban agriculture systems, broke ground earlier this month on a large urban greenhouse that is intended to produce TK much food for the city of Linköping, a city in south-central Sweden.

The building will take around a year and half to build; Platagon plans to use the structure to test vertical farming concepts and to sell fruits and vegetables directly to the people of Linköping, which is home it roughly 100,000 people.

Plantagon hopes the Linköping greenhouse will eventually serve as a showcase for urban agriculture, its calling card. Sweco says the structure will stand roughly 54 meters high.

Linköping’s mayor, Paul Lindvall, said that he’s proud his city has been chosen as the site for the greenhouse and as a testbed for urban agriculture solutions for other cities. Tekniska Verken plans to work closely with Plantagon and Sweco to develop efficient energy systems for the building, as well as ways to capture and process excess waste heat, CO2 and water.

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Sustainable Architecture in Japan - a greenhouse for a house!

Sustainable Architecture in Japan - a greenhouse for a house! | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Finally, a greenhouse which can also accommodate people: the Camouflage House. Why should we continue considering that greenhouses are suitable only for plants? This house by Hiroshi Iguchi is part of the Fifth World project which aims to promote eco friendly, sustainable architecture. The house takes natural elements and blends them all into the design of the interior.

Living close to the heart of nature was never so well understood and put into practice.

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