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Colossal Green Volcano Building Rises in Italy
Posted By Mike Chino On April 7, 2011 @ 8:40 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,green roof,Sustainable Building | 17 Comments
Inspired by the surrounding landscape, Vulcano Buono  has a gently sloping profile that rises from the earth as a grassy green knoll. The structure’s roof is carpeted with a vegetative layer of over 2,500 plants that helps to insulate the interior spaces and reduces the structure’s visual impact so that it’s barely visible from space. Renzo Piano clearly has a penchant for grassy hills – see also the undulating green roof  that tops the California Academy of Sciences .
A 150 meter-wide clearing in the volcano’s crater lends space for an outdoor theater, a market, and a sloping pine forest. Rising around this heart is a concentric series of circles that form the center’s commercial areas. The volcano’s slopes are held by structural components meant to evoke trees  – each “trunk” sprouts three or four supporting “branches”.
The roof of Vulcano Buono is laced with a series of skylights fitted with solar-control double-pane glass  that allows daylight  to filter through the mall, reducing energy needs from lighting. The interior of the complex houses shops, a supermarket, a 2,000 seat cinema, restaurants, and a hotel. Renzo Piano describes the building as “a contemporary take on a greek marketplace, a void as a place for events, meetings, dialogue and the gathering of people”.
+ Vulcano Buono 
Photos by Moreno Maggi
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URLs in this post:
 Mt. Vesuvius: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Vesuvius
 Renzo Piano: http://rpbw.r.ui-pro.com/
 Vulcano Buono: http://www.vulcanobuono.it/index.htm
 green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-roof/
 California Academy of Sciences: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/22/california-academy-of-sciences-unveiled/
 structural components meant to evoke trees: http://www.inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=61354
 double-pane glass: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/24/guardian-develops-hyper-insulating-vacuum-glass/
 daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylighting/
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