Bridgette Meinhold

Lace Hill: A Living Green Mountain Building for Armenia

by , 05/04/10

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The interior of the sustainably-built hill contains restaurants, office space, retail, apartments and underground parking, and the entire project looks more like a piece of the landscape than a building. Windows into the building are recessed to remain shaded from the sun. Geothermal heat pumps in coordination with radiant floors provide heating and cooling for the rooms, while large interior voids provide shaded and naturally ventilated spaces. These voids are large and cathedral-like with vaults and arches. Below, ponds and landscaped areas help cool the interior open spaces.

The architects designed Lace Hill as an alternative to traditional development. As they say about the development: “Instead of shimmering glass, a growing productive surface. Instead of a sealed building, open sun-drenched terraces. Instead of a building that imports a fleeting image, a building that invests in performance, connectivity, and function.

+ Forrest Fulton Architects

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5 Comments

  1. meline November 30, 2011 at 5:19 am

    its amazing,,,as if mountain Ararat :)

  2. sbeaulieu24 January 18, 2011 at 12:58 am

    very interesting

  3. bristol May 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Quite amazing; I’d love to visit so I can encourage a local version

  4. cosmobilly May 18, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Amazing ! It just looks great and gives hope !

  5. steve jackson May 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

    wow…..thanks! fantastic!!

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