Geothermal-powered education center anchors Louisvilles new Waterfront Botanical Gardens

February 26, 2020 by  
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A notorious old landfill in Louisville, Kentucky is being transformed into the new Waterfront Botanical Gardens, a verdant 23.5-acre site designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will . At the heart of the newly opened gardens is the 6,000-square-foot Graeser Family Education Center — also designed by Perkins + Will — that features an organic, sinuous form evocative of the nearby Ohio River. Engineered for a small environmental footprint, the energy-efficient building is powered with geothermal energy . Opened last fall as part of the first phase of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, the Graeser Family Education Center doubles as an events venue that seamlessly connects to an outdoor landscaped plaza. Because the site was used as a landfill , massive concrete supports and concrete-filled steep pipes were put underground to secure the building. Above ground, the long spans of the horizontal building are supported by a continuous, ribbon-like beam propped up with 99 pine columns that alternate with glass windows around a 300-foot perimeter. The names of the $10,000 donors to the project have been added to each column. The wood will develop a natural patina over time. Related: Perkins + Will’s KTTC building blends beauty and sustainability in Ontario The long roof overhang mitigates unwanted solar gain while the glass walls let in ample natural light and continuous views of the gardens on all sides. The building functions as the heart of all educational programming at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens and includes a large, multifunctional space for activities as well as event space with seating for about 250 people. The education center has easy access to the outdoor plaza, which has been landscaped with edible gardens, native gardens and pollinator gardens , all of which are fully accessible to visitors and feature hands-on learning. The last part of phase one is set to open in 2020 and will include the Beargrass Creek Overlook and an immersive allée. Future phases include a visitors center, an entry garden, a water filtration garden, outdoor garden spaces and a glass conservatory. + Perkins + Will Photography by James Steinkamp Photography via Perkins + Will

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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 best botanical gardens from around the world

February 22, 2016 by  
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No great city is complete without a botanical garden . Housed within gorgeous glass architecture, botanical gardens are rich in history and a great diversity of plants. Even better, these beautiful blooms can be enjoyed year-round and are particularly fantastic to tour in winter. Fairmont rounded up seven of the most spectacular gardens from around the world, from stunning Kew Gardens in London to Singapore’s tropical botanical garden, along with interesting trivia. Keep reading to see them all. + Fairmont The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Fantastical Living Plant Sculptures Spring to Life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

May 23, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Fantastical Living Plant Sculptures Spring to Life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Atlanta , atlanta botanical gardens , botanical gardens , earth goddess , horticultural art , horticulture , imaginary worlds , imaginary worlds a new kingdom of plant giants , International Mosaiculture of Montreal , living plant sculptures , living plants , mosaiculture , plant giants , topiary

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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

May 23, 2014 by  
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Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city’s public transit system. Called Waterway 365 , their project follows the principle that “across is always closer than around.” They propose incorporating water buses into the existing public transport service, and their system design involves a water bus unlike any other you have seen before. Read the rest of New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boats , ferries , Karl Garme , KTH , KTH Royal Institute of Technology , mass transit , public transit , public transport , Stockholm , Sweden , system design , transport , water buses , water taxis

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

December 18, 2013 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

December 17, 2013 by  
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Beginning January 1st, consumers will have to say “Adios!” to the two most common light bulbs – the 40- and 60-watt incandescent – as they will be permanently phased out of production due to federal legislation . Batteries Plus Bulbs , the nation’s largest specialty retailer for batteries and light bulbs, just launched a helpful infographic to help consumers understand the change, prepare for the phase out, and select the best energy-efficient lightbulbs for their homes. Check out the full infographic by clicking the thumbnail below! + Batteries Plus Bulbs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , eco light bulb , energy efficient bulb , energy efficient lighting , green design , green lighting , incandescent bulb , infographic , LED bulb , light bulb ban , light bulb switch , light emitting diode , see the light , sustainable design        

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Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

March 15, 2013 by  
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