JLL 6 January 2016 “Treescrapers: Merging concrete with nature”
Plants and trees in, on, under and around our buildings are delivering a better living/working environment by incorporating greenery, fresh air, natural light and access to outdoor areas.
Ken Yeang pioneered the concept of bioclimatic skyscrapers, throughout Malaysia and SE Asia, where landscape is an integral part of the building design, and more importantly function.
Harry Seidler introduced this concept in Sydney with No. 9 Castlereagh Street (Capita Centre). The Bosco Verticale in Milan is a recent outstanding example.
Buildings need people and people need plants.
We sometimes forget we are on this planet because of green plants.
We can never plant enough trees no matter where, but we need a close association with plants where we live and work. Plants can be in, on, under or around buildings to enhance our quality of life.
It requires determination to achieve long-term successful installations and just the right amount of expertise.
Green walls and green roofs on the exterior of buildings make a valuable contribution to the greening of a city, although some of the performance claims lack verification.
More importantly, with the construction of increasing numbers of tall and super-tall buildings it’s the greening inside the buildings that provides the best amenity for building occupants, and the greening on the outside that serves the environment.
Mixed mode occupation is essential for economic viability, with shopping malls, offices, hotels and residences within the one building.
The secret sauce for success with trees in atrium gardens and sky-rise greenery is LIGHT, which is best provided by selecting the right glazing, essential when double (and triple facades) are a design feature of super-tall buildings, eg. Shanghai Tower
For architects facing the challenges, Dr.Ronald A Wood makes it all so easy.