From green roofs to tree filled corridors to entire high rise floors left to plants and wildlife, forward-looking architects are combining technology and imagination to bring nature into modern homes and buildings.
Greening your home or building can have a host of benefits. For Anthi Grapsa and Konstantinos Chalaris' entry in the Piraeus Tower Competition 2010, modern agricultural techniques are incorporated on the upper floors in order to resolve the problematic green space to inhabitant ratio of the town. In MVRDV's "Pushed Slab" energy efficient office building, balconies and terraces will house potted trees, offering employees a relaxing place to socialise.
An expansive green roof like that of Studio Shift's Stadt Krone concept provides a vast area to utilise for agriculture, below which thousands of city inhabitants can reside. Other green roofs, like the Vivanta Hotel's, are more economical, providing reduced heating and cooling needs for the building below, along with a mechanism for capturing rainwater to later be used for irrigating the grassy roof.
The Beckton Dickinson Campus Center by RMJM in New Jersey blurs the boundaries between roof and lawn. [Arch Daily]
The Hof residence, which is located less than 100km from the Arctic Circle, reused the displaced grass from the field it was built on as the roof. [Arch Daily]
The famous Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore has three towers connected at the top by a 9940sqm park, which includes jogging paths, gardens, a public observatory and an infinity swimming pool, among other things. [Arch Daily]
This four-storey Korean home by HAHN Design weaves greenery in and out of the building, with a roof top garden, fourth-floor terrace, second floor courtyard and sunken garden. [Arch Daily]
The city of Piraeus is low on greenspace, so the designers of this entry in the Piraeus Tower 2010 Competition aimed to remedy that. [Arch Daily]
Technology was incorporated in the building "for the best possible adaptation of nature", and the use of modern agricultural techniques let local plants and birds flourish far above the ground. [Arch Daily]
The "Pushed Slab" energy efficient building has its centre twisted outwards, providing ample terraces and balconies for potted trees. [Arch Daily]
In addition to the relaxing terrace spaces, solar panels, a grey-water circuit and integrated blinds help minimise the energy consumption of this Parisian building. [Arch Daily]
Studio Shift's Stadt Krone concept proposal offers a solution for the densification of Milano. A raised, angled agricultural surface serves as a residential rooftop for 25,000 inhabitants. [Arch Daily]
The Vivanta Hotel in India acts as a gateway between the city and International Tech Park. Hotel rooms are located behind a pixelated greenscape, which melds into a green roof. [Arch Daily]
The landscaped green roof cools the space beneath and allows for rainwater collection which is reused for irrigation. [Arch Daily]
Above is a taste of some current and possible future designs that embrace nature as much as they do technology and functionality. [Arch Daily]