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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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16 recycled shipping containers at Group 8's innovative new home

16 recycled shipping containers at Group 8's innovative new home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

One of the best uses of shipping containers I have seen lay hidden in a re-purposed industrial hall near the center of Geneva, Switzerland. Helping form a new home for Group 8 architecture the containers make interesting use of the 8395 square foot facility which boast 29 foot high ceilings.

The containers formalize structured collective space embodying a collective form or a situation of their work: meeting rooms, cafeteria, lounge zone, bathrooms and showers, etc. “The other half of the scheme is in opposition with the containers’ structured zone: an open space enlightened by natural light travelling through the glass-roof.” All and all the project uses 16 recycled shipping containers in an amazing composition of object and function...

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Forestry Center at the Edge of the Urban Fabric in Switzerland...

Forestry Center at the Edge of the Urban Fabric in Switzerland... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The site of the forestry center extends on both sides of the 'Reuchenette' road. To facilitate it's function, the program's content focused on only one side.

Following the topography of the land, two buildings form an elongated space ending with a court for the maneuvers.

The single level building dominates the main street façade and differs, both in form and aspect, from the urban architecture. Its envelope is of untreated strips of wood, generating a vertically-oriented texture that connects with the forest structure, filtering light and external views.

The second building, on two levels, is positioned behind the first. It's covered with simple wood cladding, pierced with large windows. The ground floor houses the changing rooms, the carpentry workshop and the technical rooms, while upstairs, the administration. Located on the edge of the urban fabric between the city and the forest, the project -through its form and materiality- gives visibility to this singular institution...

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