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MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting
Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 31, 2011 @ 9:36 am In Architecture,gallery | No Comments
Previously, walls blocked most of the light that would have otherwise penetrated the buildings, so MDW raised the complex’s elevation so that it is now illuminated during the day without artificial lighting. Each new simplex, duplex, and triplex has a private garden, and additional communal parks  have been planted to further encourage a connection to nature.
The building’s existing facade was incorporated into the renovation, and the new grey metallic slats fit well into the original industrial character. Metal has been used internally and externally where the design calls for durability, whereas wood has been used to give doors, frames, and other tactile spaces a warm look. Although the Le Lorrain  is not as splashy as some of our starchitect projects it does demonstrate how urgently we need to green existing buildings  without using too many new materials.
Via Architizer 
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URLs in this post:
 MDW Architecture: http://www.mdw-architecture.com/
 green makeover: http://inhabitat.com/renovation/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/10/Le-Lorraine-MDW-Architecture-2.png
 communal parks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_park
 green existing buildings: http://inhabitat.com/interview-inhabitat-talks-to-codegreen-solutions-stephen-rizzo-about-greening-existing-buildings/
 Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/le-lorrain/31044/
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