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Herzog + de Meuron’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed Plaza de Espana

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 10, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Green Roof | 1 Comment

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This gorgeous plaza near the wharf of Santa Cruz de Tenerife [1] represents the connection between the nearby ocean and the various ecosystems of the Canary islands. Designed by Herzog + de Meuron [2], Plaza de España [3] introduces a beautiful green space that builds upon the past of the site and the future of the city. Many years ago the plaza was the site of a “Castillo,” and the graphic motif in the basin of water represents the foundation of the old castle. Around the basin, many architectural landscape elements — including the two structures with green roofs [4] — represent the Islands’ diverse ecosystems and topography.

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Spanning almost 9 1/2 acres of open public space, Plaza de España [3] consists of a large shallow basin that serves as a wading pool and has a geyser-like fountain in the center. Surrounding the basin are various forms of landscape design elements – sparse islands of trees, four pavilions containing tourist information, retail space, a café, and access to below-ground parking. Each structure was designed to resemble natural forms from the Canary Islands [6], but not replicate them exactly.

Two of the pavilions feature sloping, lush green roofs [7] bursting with vegetation. These structures seem almost volcanic in their texture and color and are complimented well by the bright vegetation. The Plaza is well-suited as a public gathering space and event venue. And when the basin is full of water, it is surely a favorite among neighboring children as a place to splash around in. Herzog + de Meuron, who are responsible for many impressive [8] sustainably designed [2] structures [9], finished Plaza de Españ [10]a in 2008.

+ Plaza de España [3]

Via Space Invading [11]

Photos courtesy of Iwan Baan [12]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Santa Cruz de Tenerife: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz_de_Tenerife

[2] Herzog + de Meuron: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/22/bbva-headquarters-by-herzog-and-de-meuron/

[3] Plaza de España: http://www.plaza-esp.com/

[4] green roofs: http://inhabitat.com/category/green-roof

[5] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/09/herzog-de-meurons-plaza-de-espana/

[6] Canary Islands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canary_Islands

[7] green roofs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/27/us-postal-service-plants-biggest-green-roof-in-nation/

[8] impressive: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/06/projet-triangle-by-herzog-and-de-meuron/

[9] structures: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/10/beijing-birdsnest-new-pics-of-herzog-demeurons-stunning-stadium/

[10] Plaza de Españ: http://www.arcspace.com/architects/herzog_meuron/plaza/plaza.html

[11] Space Invading: http://spaceinvading.com/entry/project_id/Plaza_Espana200908061249601680

[12] Iwan Baan: http://www.iwan.com/photo_Plaza_Espana_Tenerife_Herzog_de_Meuron.php

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