Hybrid structures embodying green and sustainable design are emerging more and more in major cities. As we now recommend the effect our emissions bear on the earth, certain progressive building designers are progressing quickly. An example is Koichi Takada, who has just revealed a plan to build the world’s greenest residential structure, an Urban Forest in Brisbane.
Planned for the cultural neighbourhood of South Brisbane, this mixed-use residential tower design offers a mixture of sustainable design strategies beside a forested vertical garden. The 30-story structure will offer a two-storey rooftop garden, with green vertical columns occupying the base such as tree trunks in the open public park.
Conceptualising the permeable space to connect the new architectural development with the public domain, Koichi Takada Architects intends to advance the ‘vertical garden’ trend beyond its status as a geographic feature. Choosing more than 1000 trees and more than 20,000 plants picked from 259 native species, Koichi Takada takes this plan with the upmost seriousness.
In pursuit of a 6-star green star rating, equal to LEED platinum, building designers are intending to feature solar panels to produce renewable energy, gardens irrigated by harvested rainwater and greywater collection, carbon offset, and the use of sustainable and high quality, low maintenance materials.
Designed for Aria Property Group, this Urban Forest project is seen by Takada as the greenest possible. And in terms of its layout, the design is created in a staggered-level arrangement, with each inhabitant accessing a verandah-style balcony while shading thousands of plants around the building.
Takada says that it is the time for mass greening and living building design—toward a celebration of life in general.