WOHA’s final design for Singapore Pavilion nears completion

September 10, 2021 by  
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The net-zero energy Singapore Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai advocates green architecture and showcases the possibilities of integrating nature within urban environments. Displaying lush greenery, digital solutions and art, the Pavilion exemplifies Singapore’s vision of sustainable development to become a “City in Nature.” The Pavilion features extensive, multi-layered greenery, achieved by the careful planting of more than 170 plant varieties and large mature trees. Constructed by  WOHA , the building is titled “Nature. Nurture. Future.” It’s set to debut on October 1. Related: WOHA to transform polluted swamp into green university WOHA has designed a striking pavilion with hanging gardens . The building is orientated around three central cones on three levels. At the top is a solar canopy. Vertical walls of plants envelop visitors in an inviting three-dimensional green space that provides a cool respite from the buzz and excitement of the Expo grounds. Landscape design and digital and art elements are helmed by Singapore landscape architecture firm  Salad Dressing , in close partnership with WOHA. The planting strategy for the Pavilion includes plants from diverse, unique habitats from the natural heritage of Singapore, including varieties found in the tropical rainforest , freshwater forest streams and mangrove habitats.  Dubai’s desert environment poses a significant challenge to installing such a biodiverse human-designed habitat. The Pavilion’s perimeter is protected by trees and palms that thrive well in the Dubai climate, mimicking natural forest layers to shade and shield the interior. Sun-loving plants such as Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, frame the Pavilion’s entrance, where they receive the most direct sunlight. As part of water conservation efforts, potable water produced through the on-site solar desalination process is deployed through drip irrigation to minimize water wastage. Leaf litter is also used to replace water-consuming ground cover and retain water in the soil . Together with misting, the greenery helps to increase humidity and thermal comfort within the Pavilion.  Measuring about 70 centimeters in diameter, three climbing robots weighing 40 kilograms each will be deployed to traverse the vertical green walls of the Pavilion’s thematic cones. These prototypes from  Oceania Robotics  work in service of plant health. In addition to inspecting the health of the plants, they will also capture data for the calibration of irrigation and grow-light settings to help the plants thrive. The robots can recognize plants in poor health that need to be replaced. The customized planting palette and innovative technological applications used in water and energy management are design strategies that enable the Singapore Pavilion to achieve its net-zero energy target. Visitors are invited to participate in a generative artwork at the Galleria that allows them to visualize the performance of the Pavilion’s integrated ecosystem and how it impacts the environment. This generative artwork is a result of interactive mobile gameplay using the Pavilion’s data collected through the climbing robots and sensors. Players “collect sunlight” using solar panels to power the desalination process that will produce potable water for the virtual saplings, which then grow into trees to remove pollutants in the air. The gameboard is unique for each player and determined by real-time data from the Pavilion. Through this game, visitors can learn more about the Pavilion’s sustainable strategies. This playful interaction is also a reminder for visitors of how their actions impact collective environmental outcomes.  + Singapore 2020 Expo Images © Singapore Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai and Arthur Ng/National Parks Board

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French offices receive a green update with Benetti MOSS walls

July 28, 2021 by  
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Sometimes, the best ideas are inspired in the most unlikely of ways. That was certainly the case for the new green walls in Mustela’s offices. A water-cooler chat at the French offices of Mustela, a company specializing in products for babies, sparked an idea that fanned into a new and versatile office design that reflects nature in its composition. At the initial meeting, interior designer Luca Medici; CEO of Benetti Home Stivens Benetti; Rosanna Re of the Sales Division of Benetti Home; and Michela Muntean, business development strategist for Benetti Home, began discussing beauty, which quickly led to the topic of greenery as a symbol for wellness and serenity. Related: Customizable, natural lichen green walls require no maintenance The interior design of the Mustela office reflects the company’s long-standing focus on sustainability, so the concept naturally leant itself to vertical green walls, achieved with Benetti MOSS, a stabilized, natural and maintenance-free lichen. With experimentation, the team decided to use the MOSS wall for the kitchenette and break area. Then, MOSS was incorporated in the entrance through a striking surround for the company logo. Medici said, “It’s easy to use and to remove, place and shape for different intended uses.” In addition to aesthetic appeal, which will be a model for other Mustela offices worldwide, the product nurtures other senses besides sight. The feel is described as “pleasant,” and it releases a notable moss scent. “There is even the sound involved. In 2021, in fact, among its latest projects, Benetti Home has launched BenettiSOUND, a vertical garden in 100% natural, stabilized lichen with a high-tech sound system that allows the wall to sound, providing a total multi-sensorial experience,” Benetti Home explained. Muntean said that the employees have found the greenery to be “very inspiring and interesting,” and explained that there are endless applications for the product. “Talking about the concept of experiencing the product, it could be interesting to include more small user-friendly, green design elements or do-it-yourself objects to help people to experience greenery with simplicity and engagement,” Muntean continued. “Especially in your home, which becomes the center of our daily life, greenery can help to create a corner of wellbeing, a place where you can feel good. Even aseptic and sterile environments, such as hospitals and pharmacies, which greenery can make cozy and comfortable for patients and clients.” + Benetti Home Images via Benetti Home

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Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture

May 19, 2015 by  
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This 3D-printed mini jet engine can roar up to 33,000 RPM

May 19, 2015 by  
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When it comes to 3D printing parts for aircraft and other heavy machinery, engineers have barely scratched the surface. Using a technique called direct metal laser melting, engineers at GE Aviation have created a mini jet engine that fits in your backpack (albeit, a large one) and can also roar up to 33,000 RPM, and it comes right out of a 3D printer. Read the rest of This 3D-printed mini jet engine can roar up to 33,000 RPM Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d manufacturing , 3d printed jet engine , 3D printing , aviation , DMLM , engineering , GE , Jet Engine

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Biber Architects’ green-walled USA Pavilion is a living, breathing tribute to sustainable food

May 1, 2015 by  
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Artisan Moss’ plant paintings effortlessly bring the beauty of green walls indoors

January 28, 2015 by  
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If you’ve always wanted an indoor green wall but were too intimidated by the hassle of upkeep, look no further than Artisan Moss’ zero-maintenance living walls. Made from 100% real plants, each beautiful and lightweight “plant painting” can last for decades if kept out of direct sunlight. These effortless pieces of botanical art come in a variety of sizes and are preserved using environmentally friendly and non-toxic materials. + Artisan Moss 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , Artisan Moss , botanical art , care-free green wall , indoor green wall , plant painting , reader submitted content , vertical green wall , zero maintenance , zero maintenance green wall , zero maintenance living wall

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Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

April 10, 2014 by  
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Can’t decide on a green roof or a vertical garden ? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named ‘ Lost in Paris ‘ house for an ‘urban witch’ who feeds the house through 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients nourishes 1200 ferns drop-by-drop throughout the year. The houseplants are entirely hydroponic, and completely engulfing the 1400 square foot concrete home. The blanket of ferns protects the house from outside elements and regulates its inside temperature, all the while adding life and freshness to the neighborhood. Read the rest of Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , glassblowing , green house , green roof , paris france , vertical garden

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Can’t decide on a green roof or a vertical garden ? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named ‘ Lost in Paris ‘ house for an ‘urban witch’ who feeds the house through 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients nourishes 1200 ferns drop-by-drop throughout the year. The houseplants are entirely hydroponic, and completely engulfing the 1400 square foot concrete home. The blanket of ferns protects the house from outside elements and regulates its inside temperature, all the while adding life and freshness to the neighborhood. Read the rest of Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , glassblowing , green house , green roof , paris france , vertical garden

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New AirBnB Headquarters Boast a 1,226 Sq Foot Green Wall Over Three Floors

December 5, 2013 by  
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Soaring Three-Story High GSky Green Wall Brings a Historic Building to Life

October 24, 2013 by  
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GSky Plant Systems has installed a beautiful 1226 sq. ft. living wall in the atrium of a five-story historic building, 888 Brannan. Located below a massive skylight, the verdant GSky green wall is an unprecedented living artwork that breathes life into the building. GSky’s design inspiration for this living wall came from the famous San Francisco hills that make up the city’s urban landscape. Painted with a unique palette of 7042 four-inch potted plants, the green wall is a well-balanced union of nature, art and history. As we spend less time outdoors, the more we become disconnected from the natural world that is essential for our emotional, physical and mental well-being. A living green wall is a great way to bring nature back into our lives, as well as life and harmony to human-made structures. + GSky 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , 888 Brannan , GSky green , GSky Plant Systems , plant wall , vertical garden        

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