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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
The office building and artist atelier was completed in 2008 and it recently won the 2010 ‘Built Environment’ award from the Zumtobel Group . 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  to penetrate the interior spaces and lend the building a feeling of lightness.
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  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  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 
Lead Image © Nelson Kon
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URLs in this post:
 Triptyque: http://triptyque.com/
 Harmonia 57: http://www.triptyque.com/harmonia/
 green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/green-roof
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/living-water-recycling-building-wrapped-in-a-network-of-tubes/harmonia-57-leonardo-finotti-2/
 2010 ‘Built Environment’ award from the Zumtobel Group: http://www.zumtobel-group-award.com/com/en/Gebaute%20Umwelt%202010_f.htm
 daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/daylighting
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/living-water-recycling-building-wrapped-in-a-network-of-tubes/harmonia-57-nelson-kon-6/
 grey water is recycled: http://inhabitat.com/traditional-building-eco-tourism-at-jean-michel-cousteau-resort/jean-michel-cousteau-resort-19/?extend=1
 living wall: http://inhabitat.com/gargantuan-living-wall-with-10000-plants-completed-in-canada/
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