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This ambitious project presents the idea of green urban architecture, literally. Our cities are suffocated by the very buildings that are meant to shelter us and the need for „green” becomes more and more noticeable.
As much as we like skyscrapers and beautiful tall buildings, we have to admit that there are a few drawbacks. We are surrounded by concrete, steel and tarmac which build up heat and don’t produce fresh air. Furthermore, there is pollution to be considered to, which can only be eliminated, not entirely of course, with the help of plants and trees. So if the street level is mostly occupied by buildings, why not have green areas on them? The biggest part of the environmental damage our planet faces is due to constructions and their impact. If in the past people used to build with local, natural materials, nowadays we employ artificial elements that cannot be assimilated by the planet and are difficult to reuse. This amazing urban project presents the idea of combining the artificial with the natural in a way that is less harmful to the environment but enables the same comfort and functionality. Returning to the old way of doing things is of course impossible but if there is a solution to minimize man’s impact, it is to use as many natural materials as possible. This is just one idea. Who knows what the future holds.
The architects from Sansiri and Shma have come up with an elegant and affordable solution for this problem. Their project solves the problem of the lack of green with an artistic touch. The composition of plants and glass represented on the two facades proves itself to be very well balanced. Green is a difficult color to work with but if you know how to associate it with another color, the result can be quite extraordinary, especially when the lights are lit on the inside. So building green doesn’t necessary sticking to inexpressive deigns but is rather a source for fresh amazing designs.
Here are some more details from the landscape architects:
“Bring nature along as you move upwards. While Bangkok living ground has been rising up, little does the green area rise. This green envelope is designed for condominium sale office gallery, a place where a new urban living definition is displayed.
The module green wall crate is made from stainless steel for easy construction. Hanging plant pots and drip irrigation are installed behind the felt. This system is inexpensive and convenient to construct. Considering the locality, we selected local plant, Tokyo Dwarf which is normally found on ground. It can stand very well under Bangkok’s extreme environment. The texture of plant also softens the rigidity and stand out among Bangkok complex structure. While thin member and angled one, once lightened, express another dimension of the surface, contrasting to the flat surface of high-rise.”
This type of projects represent a beautiful and economical alternative for the future. This one not only helps reduce pollution and heat but through its design it also enhances the flavor of the city.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Project Year: 2010-2011
Project Area: 430 sqm
Cost: 4 million baht (33,000 USD)
Architects: Shma + Sansiri PCL + SdA
Landscape Architect: Shma Company Limited
Interior Designer: DWP co.
Lighting Consultant: APLD co.
Photography is by Wison Tungthunya