Gallery: La Rioja Technology Center is a Glass Box Draped with a Living...

 
We love green roofs (as you might have noticed), but we've been seeing some other, slightly more creative ways to keep a building cool using plants too. Case in point: La Rioja Technology Center in Spain. Designed by Foreign Office Architects, the entire building is a box of glass and steel enveloped in a canopy of climbing plants. Okay, it isn't quite "enveloped" yet, but in just a few years when the vines grow a bit more, they'll create a shaded microclimate around the structure that keeps the heat out and brings a taste of the region's famous vineyards in.

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