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Oulu: Raising The Bar To Greener Standards

Posted By Mike Chino On April 2, 2008 @ 1:46 pm In Architecture,Design,Green Building,Green Interiors,Urban design | 9 Comments

Evangeline Dennie, green wall, living wall, Oulu, vertical garden system, Sustainable Building, Urban design, oulu1 [1]

Sure, you’ve heard of the insular [2] and aesthetic [3] merits of green roofs. How about green walls? Enter Oulu [4], an eco-chic bar and lounge situated in southern Williamsburg. Designed by architect, sustainability expert, and Inhabitat contributor Evangeline Dennie [5], Oulu takes a literal approach to fresh design. Wrapped in a herbaceous fa├žade, the LEED gold certified building bears its green cred for all to see.

Living walls were first conceptualized and constructed by French botanist Patrick Blanc. His Vertical Garden System [6] is a lightweight support and irrigation system that allows buildings to reap the benefits of green roofs on all sides. The soil-free living walls provide thermal and acoustic insulation, purify the air, and add a lovely dose of levity to dense urban spaces.

At Oulu, all of these benefits are backed up by a structure built from the ground up with sustainable and environmentally friendly building materials. The 2,500 square foot bar features sheet rock recycled from industrial material, biodegradable ceramic tiles, and a sleek interior constructed from wood that is Forest Stewardship Council [7] certified. The paint is low-VOC with a milk-based pigment, and natural mica panels contribute to the luminous interior mood lighting. Incredible work Evangeline!

+ Oulu nyc [4]
+ Evangeline Dennie [8]

Via jetsongreen.com [9] and sphere trending [10]

Photos by Gates

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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/02/oulu-bar-and-eco-lounge/

[2] insular: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/23/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/

[3] aesthetic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/15/green-roof-by-work-architecture-at-ps1/

[4] Oulu: http://www.oulunyc.com/

[5] Evangeline Dennie: http://www.edennie.com/

[6] Vertical Garden System: http://www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com/

[7] Forest Stewardship Council: http://www.fsc.org

[8] + Evangeline Dennie: http://www.edennie.com/projects/oulu/index.html

[9] jetsongreen.com: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2008/03/oulu-bar-eco-lo.html#more

[10] sphere trending: http://spheretrending.blogspot.com/2008/03/greening-bar.html

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