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BIG Designs Cascading Green Roofed Mountain Dwellings
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On December 10, 2010 @ 8:57 am In Architecture,green roof | 1 Comment
When we first read about the complex’s program, we were disappointed with the fact that the development consists of 2/3 parking and just 1/3 of residences. After all, what is the point of being so close to the city center if so many people are still going to be driving cars? However, upon further inspection, the configuration of the parking area makes a lot more sense and is a lot more eco-friendly than parking in a typical garage  or a sprawling uncovered lot. Since the “layer” of terraced housing sits atop the parking area, it creates density that a typical suburban lot would not have. Furthermore, the homes’ green roofs  and gardens also work to capture rainwater that would otherwise turn into runoff on a typical concrete or tar lot. The symbiotic relationship between the dwellings and the parking also works to elevate the apartments and expose them to fresh air and views that a regular suburban home simply wouldn’t have.
BIG  incorporated some other cool features into the building like north and west facades lined with perforated aluminium plates that let air and light to the parking area. In addition to those functions, the panels are a sweet design element. During the day, the holes in the facade  will appear black on the bright aluminium, causing a giant rasterized picture of Mount Everest to appear. At night, the panels look like big photo negatives lit by different colors depending on which floor of the parking lot they’re on.
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URLs in this post:
 green space: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-bubble-gardens-pop-up-in-paris-streets/
 BIG Architects: http://www.big.dk/
 daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylight
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/12/BIG-Mountain-Dwellings-4.jpg
 garage: http://inhabitat.com/teslas-red-hot-and-green-los-angeles-showroom/
 green roofs: http://inhabitat.com/category/green-roof/
 BIG: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=bjarke+ingels
 facade: http://inhabitat.com/abandoned-warehouse-tranformed-with-movable-steel-facade/
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