Yourtopia Pavilion Rotterdam by SeARCH

The design of the temporary house can be best described as a Yourtopia, a personal but also utopian vision on living in the early 21st century. Social issues like the influence of globalization, the longing for privacy and the almost perverse imbalance in the distribution of wealth have changed our vision on contemporary architecture. Therefore … Doorgaan met het lezen van Yourtopia Pavilion Rotterdam by SeARCH

Woodland Garden in Arcadia National Park

The home consists of two main parts: The Tea House dates to the early 1900s and is not winterized; The Fox House, built in 2007, is winterized. During the construction of The Fox House, trees on the forest edge were damaged or removed, which left others in the interior vulnerable to wind. After many came … Doorgaan met het lezen van Woodland Garden in Arcadia National Park

Living Walls as Artworks around your home

More and more Architects discover the advantages of Living Walls to make a building more sustainable. Facade greening has the same benefits as Green Roofs, the Living Walls can help to cool a building in summer and keep it warmer in winter. Living Walls around and inside your home makes it possible to have plants … Doorgaan met het lezen van Living Walls as Artworks around your home

How Plants improve your business profit

Working in a green environment has many advantages for businesses, from one-man businesses to multinationals, where the investment in green soon may have a positive effect on the operating result of your company. In many cases plants in and around the company, prompted by ignorance,  are most of the time the final item on the … Doorgaan met het lezen van How Plants improve your business profit

GO WILD! 30 Plants for a Naturalistic Planting Design

After the form of the flower, seedbuds or afterlife of plants are most important and after this the texture of leaves and on the last place the color of the flowers. Structure is important in creating a succesful planting. The forms of the different plants in your border are important. Wild plants are in better … Doorgaan met het lezen van GO WILD! 30 Plants for a Naturalistic Planting Design

NYBG Native Plant Garden

In the specially designed wetland, a pump recirculates rainwater, moving it through layers of gravel, sand and plant roots that filter and clean the water through this natural biofiltration system. Grasses are important in the native garden and are used more and more in planting designs. Grasses abound on rocky slopes, where they soften the … Doorgaan met het lezen van NYBG Native Plant Garden

GO WILD! Guide for Naturalistic Planting Design

Biodiversity and sustainability are becoming increasingly more important and there’s a major role for them in this new way of planting. So let’s name this new way of planting; the Natural garden. (or what ever you like to name it) comparing the Natural Garden to the tradional way it’s diffirent in the way we arrange … Doorgaan met het lezen van GO WILD! Guide for Naturalistic Planting Design

Gardens at the Bank of Springfield by Adam Woodruff

The assignment that the Chief of the Bank of Springfield gave to Adam Woodruff was clear; the design must have a boldly impact on the streetscape. If Adam was succesfull in doing so you can judge for yourself,  in any case  the bank manager was more than satisfied if only for the many awards the gardens won … Doorgaan met het lezen van Gardens at the Bank of Springfield by Adam Woodruff

URBANFLORA PROFILE…..Carrie Preston

Photography; Jolanthe Lalkens At last  I had a meeting  with Carrie Preston , something I had been looking  for a long time. This American Garden Designer living in the Netherlands  had often managed to get my attention. On the initiative of Carrie we met at the ‘Bakker’s Winkel’ on the site of the former gasworks … Doorgaan met het lezen van URBANFLORA PROFILE…..Carrie Preston

The 606 Bloomingdale Trail Park in Chicago

The abandoned freight line that cuts diagonally across Chicago will soon be a beautiful green-lined recreational trail. Construction has officially begun on the Bloomingdale Trail—now renamed The 606—which will be a 2.7 mile elevated recreational area connecting 5 area local parks and neighborhoods in a seamless way. Plans to turn the abandoned freight line into … Doorgaan met het lezen van The 606 Bloomingdale Trail Park in Chicago

Nature prominent in Nordfjell Designs

For the Swedish designer Ulf Nordfjell is the beautiful nature of his country an important part of everything he designs. In addition to gardens and landscapes are also the planters, pergolas, columns and other artistic objects from the mind of the master, mostly for use in his garden designs. His style is characterized by sleek … Doorgaan met het lezen van Nature prominent in Nordfjell Designs

Urban Air turns Billboards into “Living Cloud Forest”.

Los Angeles based artist Stephen Glassman has this great idea to turn old Billboards into lushy gardens. The artist wants to create living cloud forests and by doing this creating some breathing space for the car-drivers . For URBANFLORA only one thing is important " more green in the city" and this is another example … Doorgaan met het lezen van Urban Air turns Billboards into “Living Cloud Forest”.

Biowonder-New Green Bank in Calcutta.

"Men first make buildings and then the buildings make men" say this project's designers. "We are an integral part of nature, every rhythm or natural phenomenon around us brings biochemical changes in our body. For example, the changes in the sunlight around us influence the ebbing and flow of hormone in our body. It controls … Doorgaan met het lezen van Biowonder-New Green Bank in Calcutta.

New- Solar Powered – Sustainsable Base for NASA.

NASA has built a new facility at the entrance of the Amess Research Center in Silicon Valley . The new sustainable base is completely solar-powered . The building and landscape are design 'native to place' - they capitalise on the natural resources of its location and blend seamlessly with their contextual environment and culture. The … Doorgaan met het lezen van New- Solar Powered – Sustainsable Base for NASA.

New Linear Park at Embassy Gardens, London.

London-City just presented their plans for a new City-park , the new "Linear Park" winds it's way through a new housing development project . This project is taken place right now and goes from Vauxhall to New Battersea Power-station. The site is currently occupied by some old industrial depots and New Covent Garden , the … Doorgaan met het lezen van New Linear Park at Embassy Gardens, London.

The Trellis “Garden House” .

Looking at this design you probably recognize the wooden Trellis as the one we use in gardens to assist Climbing Plants. And indeed it is the idea behind these trellis-walls. Nature can go wild against these walls and make these walls into great vertical-gardens.   The relatively simple crisscrossing wooden trellises span from ground to … Doorgaan met het lezen van The Trellis “Garden House” .

Sublime Japanese Roof-Garden ; Secret Garden.

The Roof-gardens in this project are connecting a series of independent buildings. The buildings have various functions used by family-members.The roofs provide insulation, clean air and even edible produce but are also linked together by a system of bridges and stairs.   Sadly (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), this critical design choice would not … Doorgaan met het lezen van Sublime Japanese Roof-Garden ; Secret Garden.

London Rolling Bridge .

Heatherwick Studio was commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, London, and provide an access route for workers and residents. Crucially, the bridge needed to open to allow access for the boat moored in the inlet. The aim was to make the movement the … Doorgaan met het lezen van London Rolling Bridge .

Floating on a Forest.

Tree-houses are a dream of every boy but for some boys this dream becomes reality. This Tree-house floats above the tree-tops is made of metal and wood.   Set on a series of thin metal stilts (with tension rods to prevent torque), the design by HSWSG is a Japanese weekend getaway both apart from and … Doorgaan met het lezen van Floating on a Forest.

Living in a Jungle at Home.

The "Elok House" is a real Plant-home , it's not just an interior-plant that makes the trick but in this home a complete jungle or forest makes the difference.   With more plants and trees than you can shake a stick at, each room has a combination of green growth that goes beyond simple decorative … Doorgaan met het lezen van Living in a Jungle at Home.

Four Roof-gardens and Forty Birch-trees ; The Muse in London.

Inspired by the German Passivhaus approach and technical methods developed by physicist Wolfgang Feist, Bere Architects’ own director Justin Bere started building his own home back in 2002. "The Muse" is a Energy Efficient Solar-powered home located in Newington Green in North London. The home is topped with 4 roof-gardens,40 trees and two meadows. If … Doorgaan met het lezen van Four Roof-gardens and Forty Birch-trees ; The Muse in London.

The Travessa Vertical Garden Home.

This house build in 2012 has great plant-features , the first great green wall is the front of this Residential Single Family House. The green walls are perfect for the climate-control of the house, in the summer they absorb sunlight and keep the house cool.The spaces in this Box-house are all connected by one staircase … Doorgaan met het lezen van The Travessa Vertical Garden Home.

Scuba-Diving in Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin.

Berlin is not the first destination when looking for a place to Scuba-dive . The Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin offers a great new facility for Deep Sea Divers. The hotel lobby has an 82-feet Aquadom with the guest-elevators running trough the Sea-world a great way to meet some divers. All the 427 hotel rooms … Doorgaan met het lezen van Scuba-Diving in Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin.

Portal of Awareness in Mexico-city.

One of the major roads in Mexico-city ( Paseo de la Reforma ) is chosen by Coffee-giant Nestle for it's Portal of Awareness-project. Nestle commissioned Architect Rojkind Arquitectos to make a design , a dynamic urban installation comprised of no fewer than 1,497 metal coffee cups. The main structure consist of 41 arches connected te each … Doorgaan met het lezen van Portal of Awareness in Mexico-city.

Blue Ridge House ,Virginia has Geo-thermal Energy.

It's not only the superb location , the foot of Blue Ridge mountain , but also the energy-source  of the Blue Ridge House what makes this house so special. The house's heating and cooling from geo-thermal energy , 10 geo-thermal wells make this possible   The location of the Blue Ridge House is a 200 … Doorgaan met het lezen van Blue Ridge House ,Virginia has Geo-thermal Energy.

New Klyde Warren Park Built over I-35 Freeway in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas residents have a new public park opened last saturday , the Klyde warren park. The park adds the much needed  green to this city. The park is built on a cap  over the I-35 freeway and it reconnects downtown Dallas with the city's Uptown neighborhood, healing a small portion of the gash created by the … Doorgaan met het lezen van New Klyde Warren Park Built over I-35 Freeway in Dallas, Texas.

Mediterranean Interior Garden Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The office building of Alterra in Wageningen,The Netherlands has two gardens ( 2000 m2 ) inside the building. The garden help with the buildings climate-control and create a better environment to the people working in this building. All the rooms are connected to the garden for optimal benefits. The design for the interior gardens is … Doorgaan met het lezen van Mediterranean Interior Garden Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The Edinburgh Gardens Rain Garden in Melbourne.

Melbourne has experienced some years of drought and this project was to replace the existing need for potable water being used to irrigate the  parks and gardens.The Edinburgh Gardens Rain Garden designed by GHD pty Ltd is to provide a sustainable source of treated stormwater for the parks mature trees and sporting fields in a … Doorgaan met het lezen van The Edinburgh Gardens Rain Garden in Melbourne.

Nathan Phillips Square Podium Toronto Largest Roof Garden of Canada.

The original design for Nathan Phillips Square podium in Toronto,Canada is from Finnish Architect Viljo Revell as a public ceremonial space made accessible by a giant sculptural ramp.This space proved to be a grim, paved void, remaining closed to the public for over a decade. Today, this heritage site is the largest publicly accessible green roof … Doorgaan met het lezen van Nathan Phillips Square Podium Toronto Largest Roof Garden of Canada.

Public Park on top of Logrono Railway Station

Logrono's ( Spain ) Railway Station needed to be upgraded for new High-speed Rail. So plans were made for the whole site, five new residential towers are build, the renovated railway-station and a new public park. The railway-station is topped with grasses and other vegetation and serves as public park. Four towers pop up from … Doorgaan met het lezen van Public Park on top of Logrono Railway Station

Sustainable Garden for Falco Art-collector.

The owner of this house , situated in Falco United States , a high-end contemporary art-collector , desired a contemporary sculpture/residence to both himself and his art-collection . The owner is raised in NorthDakota and wished for the design to reflect the prairie archetypes . The design for the garden is low-maintenance and planted with … Doorgaan met het lezen van Sustainable Garden for Falco Art-collector.

Going Small in Texas.

  Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat and a guesthouse for visiting artists. The container measures a narrow and long 8 by 40 feet; Hill asked that a portion of the square footage be … Doorgaan met het lezen van Going Small in Texas.

Beautiful Rooftop-garden Ecotelhado Hotel Bogota,Colombia

The Ecotelhado Hotel in Bogota,Colombia made this wonderful rooftop-garden .A recent renovation of the 50-year old building was completed with this garden wich helps cooling the building and rainwater-harvesting. The garden was made of 1,6 ton waste from the Shoe-industry and it’s capable of retaining 11.5 cubic meters of rainwater./source