Biodiversity

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about biodiversity

Project • By Sempergreen®Offices

Floating Office Rotterdam

In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the largest floating office building in the world has been completed. Floating Office Rotterdam (FOR) has been designed by architectural firm Powerhouse Company, commissioned by the municipality of Rotterdam, project developer RED Company, and the Global Center on Adaptation. This unique office is an inspiring example of today’s sustainable technological innovations and circular building opportunities, and will be part of a new floating park in the Rijnhaven port of Rotterdam for 5 to 10 years.    On the south-facing side of the pitched roof, solar panels have been added. On the north side, a 900 sqm. Sempergreen green roof has been installed. This green roof doesn’t only consist of Sed... More

Project • By EGM architectsApartments

LOYD DIJKZONE

KlokGroep has commissioned 78 spacious new-build apartments on an artificial mound in the green Dike Zone along the River Waal in Nijmegen. The spacious apartments, contained in three buildings, offer space and tranquillity close to the city and panoramic views of the river and the green landscape.    Situated on a mound The complex consists of three volumes that step up in height and increase in size, creating a sense of spaciousness and openness. Similarities in design and materials ensure that the three unite to form a close-knit ensemble. The biggest and tallest building consists of six floors and, in terms of height, appears grandly imposing beside an old orchard. The other two buildings, five and four floors in height, ar... More

Project • By GG-loopResidential Landscape

Mitosis - XS

Mitosis is the follow-up of a multi-awarded pilot project completed by GG-loop in 2019: Freebooter, a pair of prefabricated CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) apartments in Amsterdam, wrapped in a parametric timber louvered facade. The building was created using biophilic principles, connecting architecture with nature in order to improve the life quality of the people who use the building. GG-loop’s ambition to bring these qualities to multiple scales has resulted in Mitosis. The name Mitosis refers to the biological process of a single cell dividing itself into two identical daughter cells. It represents the modularity and the long-term adaptation of the system and serves as a metaphor for a flexible co-living organism where each residen... More

Project • By GG-loopResidential Landscape

Mitosis - XL

Mitosis is the follow-up of a multi-awarded pilot project completed by GG-loop in 2019: Freebooter, a pair of prefabricated CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) apartments in Amsterdam, wrapped in a parametric timber louvered facade. The building was created using biophilic principles, connecting architecture with nature in order to improve the life quality of the people who use the building. GG-loop’s ambition to bring these qualities to multiple scales has resulted in Mitosis. The name Mitosis refers to the biological process of a single cell dividing itself into two identical daughter cells. It represents the modularity and the long-term adaptation of the system and serves as a metaphor for a flexible co-living organism where each residen... More

Project • By PCA-STREAMOffices

175HAUSSMANN

Thanks to PCA-STREAM’s project, the complex at 173–175 Haussmann recovers urban legibility that measuring up to its exceptional location a stone’s throw away from Place de l’Étoile, magnified by a majestic entrance at the bow of the building.   Finally brought together in a coherent manner, via an overhaul of distribution, the new complex offers floors that are flexible, open, bright, and pleasant, fitted out by RF Studio with a view to addressing the challenges of tomorrow’s workspaces. They are supplemented with outstanding common areas designed by PCASTREAM, including a triple-height atrium serving as a new village square for employees, but also a livable landscaped terrace.   A hybrid g... More

NewsNews • 20 Aug 2020

BIG, Hijjas and Ramboll envision archipelago shaped land reclamation master plan BiodiverCity with biodiversity as a key ingredient

BIG, Hijjas and Ramboll won an international competition set out by the Penang State Government to transform Penang South Islands into a sustainable, global destination. The plan will provide Malaysians with 4.6km of public beaches, 600 acres of parks and a 25km waterfront. The designers aim to create a place where people and nature coexist in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The plan is divided into three archipelago shaped themed islands. The Channels, the Mangroves and the Laguna. A set of urban guidelines will make sure mixed-use districts of 15,000 to 18,000 residents with a continuous 50 to 100m buffer around each district will support habitat connectivity and edge ecologies in reserves, parks, corridors and urban p... More

Project • By OKRAUrban Green Spaces

Grotestraat Nijverdal

Revitalising the city centre The redevelopment of the 800-metre-long Grotestraat in Nijverdal (NL) is distinctive because of its green-blue structure with a climate-adaptive wadi (bioswale) and water-bearing plant pockets around the trees. The revitalisation of the city centre and dealing with climate change go hand in hand in this project. The landscaping qualities of the surrounding area are now visible and experienceable right to the core of Nijverdal. The area covered by the project is 19,200 m2. The street is 800 meters long and 24 meters wide. The surface of the planting areas is 6.000 m2; the storage capacity is 600 m2. The surface of the climate wadi is 1500 m2. The wadi has a storage capacity of approx. 750 m3. Climate-adaptive d... More

NewsNews • 3 Jan 2020

FLOAT places three pavilions in Oregon as resistance against proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline

The three pavilions designed by FLOAT each mark an ecologically rich area that could be expropriated to make way for the Pacific Connector Pipeline. One is located in an estuary, another in a wetland and the third is riparian. Credit: David Paul Bayles FLOAT intends to change the perception of the regions value as ecological, nutrient cycling, multi-species sheltering and biodiverse, instead of extraction and profit. Credit: Christopher White The wooden structures have loose thatch that spiral around. FLOAT is upfront that the pavilions make for a terrible shelter for humans. This further underlines their intent to place the use as habitat for species at all scales above the usual human supremacy in architectural space. Credi... More

Project • By Forbo Flooring SystemsUniversities

10 DESIGN | Queen Margaret Univeristy

Sustainability is at the heart of Queen Margaret University’s new RE: Locate campus project. The main building and the combined students’ union and sports centre achieved an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating. At the time of its assessment, RE:Locate was the highest scoring university project in the UK. The campus is on sustainable parkland and aims to have as low a carbon footprint as possible and be a model of biodiversity. All materials were chosen for suitability, sustainability and durability and 10,000 square metres of Marmoleum were installed in the main campus building and in student accommodation. More

Project • By OKRAResidential Landscape

Grünewald Kirchberg

A geometric grid Recent urban developments tend to create homogeneous and generic landscapes and cities. The urban plan of the Grünewald district, which is part of the new European district in Luxembourg, was developed based on a geometric grid. The mixture of building blocks, private gardens and squares has the structure of a chessboard. The district is on the edge of a plateau, where it borders the open landscape overlooking the valley. The fragmented orchard It was challenging to provide the neighbourhood with a strong identity and to create a sense of togetherness. We developed the principle of the 'fragmented orchard' that spreads across the entire network of squares and gardens. Three types of orchards can be distinguished: an... More