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Living, Water-Recycling Building Wrapped in a Network of Tubes

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 22, 2010 @ 11:54 am In Architecture,green roof,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

harmonia 57, triptyque, sao paulo, living wall, green roof, eco office, green design, sustainable architecture [6]Image © Leonardo Finotti

The office building and artist atelier was completed in 2008 and it recently won the 2010 ‘Built Environment’ award from the Zumtobel Group [7]. The project is composed of two volumes joined by a metal footbridge above an internal plaza. The front volume is raised and rests on pillars, while the back volume is set on a solid foundation and includes a ‘bird-like’ feature on the roof. Large windows, operable shutters and terraces allow daylight [8] to penetrate the interior spaces and lend the building a feeling of lightness.

harmonia 57, triptyque, sao paulo, living wall, green roof, eco office, green design, sustainable architecture [9]

Porous concrete is used for the facade of the building, which is covered in plants set into niches and irrigated by a misting system. Rainwater is collected from the green roof and grey water is recycled [10] to provide water for toilet flushing and irrigation. The network of pipes is integrated into the architecture as an aesthetic feature as well as a functional one — for example, water pipes are used as handrails along staircases.

The living wall [11] and green roof act as a buffering skin for the building and serve to insulate the interiors and reduce noise. Plants were chosen based upon both their aesthetics and growing capabilities – some were chosen to provide shade, while others crawl over the surface of the building providing a layer of humidity for other plants.

+ Triptyque [4]

Lead Image © Nelson Kon

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: http://inhabitat.com/living-water-recycling-building-wrapped-in-a-network-of-tubes/harmonia-57-leonardo-finotti-3/?extend=1

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/living-water-recycling-building-wrapped-in-a-network-of-tubes/harmonia-57-leonardo-finotti-2/?extend=1

[3] Triptyque: http://triptyque.com/

[4] Harmonia 57: http://www.triptyque.com/harmonia/

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

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/living-water-recycling-building-wrapped-in-a-network-of-tubes/harmonia-57-leonardo-finotti-2/

[7] 2010 ‘Built Environment’ award from the Zumtobel Group: http://www.zumtobel-group-award.com/com/en/Gebaute%20Umwelt%202010_f.htm

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

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/living-water-recycling-building-wrapped-in-a-network-of-tubes/harmonia-57-nelson-kon-6/

[10] grey water is recycled: http://inhabitat.com/traditional-building-eco-tourism-at-jean-michel-cousteau-resort/jean-michel-cousteau-resort-19/?extend=1

[11] living wall: http://inhabitat.com/gargantuan-living-wall-with-10000-plants-completed-in-canada/

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