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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

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Inspired by the surrounding landscape, Vulcano Buono [5] 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 [6] that tops the California Academy of Sciences [7].

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 [8] – 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 [9] that allows daylight [10] 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”.

+ Renzo Piano Building Workshop [4]

+ Vulcano Buono [5]

Photos by Moreno Maggi

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: http://inhabitat.com/colossal-green-volcano-rises-in-italy/volcanolead2/?extend=1

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/colossal-green-volcano-rises-in-italy/volcanolead4/?extend=1

[3] Mt. Vesuvius: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Vesuvius

[4] Renzo Piano: http://rpbw.r.ui-pro.com/

[5] Vulcano Buono: http://www.vulcanobuono.it/index.htm

[6] green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-roof/

[7] California Academy of Sciences: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/22/california-academy-of-sciences-unveiled/

[8] structural components meant to evoke trees: http://www.inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=61354

[9] double-pane glass: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/24/guardian-develops-hyper-insulating-vacuum-glass/

[10] daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylighting/

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