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Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery
Posted By Tafline Laylin On August 25, 2011 @ 6:30 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green Roof | 1 Comment
Viborg Hall in Denmark looks ready to lift off into the sky with its futuristic green-topped wings, but in reality they are what keep this recently completed structure firmly rooted to the ground. Combined with a variety of other interventions, including a turf roof on top of the Viborg municipality's central six-storey volume, the wings' superior insulating properties help to ensure a reasonable energy footprint. Without the treble-glazed surfaces and passive cooling elements, it's easy to imagine how energy intensive this massive building could be, but in standard Henning Larsen style, it instead has a gentle environmental impact and blends beautifully into the verdant landscape that surrounds it.
Viborg is a large city in Denmark that required a new municipal building to accommodate its steady growth. Henning Larsen won the international design competition to create a sustainable building  with a footprint of approximately 62,300 square feet. Situated just outside of the town center on a prime piece of green property, the new hall has a striking diamond-facade and treble-glazed surfaces that permit plenty of natural lighting without excessive solar gain .
Well-insulated by the various green roofs and cooled by a chilled groundwater system and open suspended ceilings, this building is also designed to harvest and recycle rainwater . Henning Larsen Architects always goes for gold with their projects, so it’s hard for us to pick a favorite, but Viborg Hall is certainly high on our list of buildings showcasing a sustainable standard that we would love to see all architects strive to achieve.
Via Designboom 
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 create a sustainable building: http://inhabitat.com/colossal-green-volcano-rises-in-italy/
 without excessive solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/slides-perforated-skin-slides-in-and-out-to-control-solar-gain/
 and recycle rainwater: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-machine-creates-rainbows-from-recycled-rainwater/
 + Henning Larsen Architects: http://www.henninglarsen.com/themes/frontpage.aspx
 Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/16312/henning-larsen-architects-viborg-town-hall.html
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