Urban green space

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about urban green space

Project • By Atelier ARBOParks/Gardens

A park for children in the suburbs of Mumbai

A park with no play equipment, but freedom to explore the open space More

Project • By Elenberg Fraser ArchitectureMasterplans

Federal Street

Elenberg Fraser love Auckland. We have long admired the city and its exports in culture and business and the arts. Almost 20 years ago we published the works of the great Rewi Thompson in Transition magazine, it is powerful work that we have absorbed and never forgotten. So our response to the Federal Street site is a personal and complex one. In contemporary architecture, landscape is often reduced to view lines and decoration. But we have sought to evacuate the ground plane and to reinstate the traditional forests of the New Zealand Taraire. We see this as a gift to the city, a visceral tactile forest experience with waterfalls and rocks and moss and layered dense vegetation – a real, living forest experience for residents and visi... More

Project • By LAACMasterplans

Copa Cagrana Neu

Completion of construction phase 1.In autumn 2018, the first construction phase of the Copa Cagrana was made accessible to the residents.The other phases are already being planned and should be completed by 2019/2020. The project Copa Cagrana in Vienna pursues the idea of a docking station of urban divesity.The construction of Danube Island which, with a length of over 20 kilometres, is both a flood prevention measure and leisure area is one of Vienna’s most sustainable achievements. Located at the point where the inhabitants of the heavily-populated residential districts of “Transdanubia” (‘across the Danube’) meet the people of Central Vienna as they search for opportunities to relax, Copa Cagrana has become a key symbol of the cultu... More

Project • By Alumil S.AOffices

Regnum Sky Tower

Focusing essentially on the individual, functionality and usability, this building combines them to offer an architectural creation which stands out among so many others in one of the fastest growing business areas of Ankara. The primary design lines have been uniformly applied on the entire building of 150 meters. The curtain walls were used as an empty canvas on which a unique image was formed. Horizontal and vertical design lines meet the slopes leading to the top through "dancing" like moves. Minimal design highlights the building's character, as for the companies that are located into it, there is a strong demand on a clear and serious image. The natural light, which enters unobstructed inside the building, helps and enhances the effic... More

Project • By Alumil S.AOffices

Green Plaza by Grivalia

The story of the building at the crossroad of Kifissias Avenue and Agios Konstantinos Street in Maroussi, begins in '91. Its prominent position and pioneering architectural elements such us the concrete frames have shaped it into a local landmark. Innovation and a will to evolve are integrated in its philosophy while allowing, at the same time, the revision and upgrade of its structure in the context of high-level ecological design, certified according to LEED for Core & Shell. The façade is dominated by a pattern whose base is aluminum movable blinds in horizontal and vertical arrangement, aiming to the creation of a unified visual composition. In the northern side, there are fixed vertical blinds which participate in the visual unific... More

Project • By Montgomery + Townsend Architecture DesignParks/Gardens

Park Pool

Park Pool is a pop-up park designed to occupy a single parking space on Pike Street between Summit and Belmont in Capitol Hill. It is a 20’x5’x2’ deep volume completely covered in natural grass. Designed to allow individuals to lounge and relax comfortably and engage in conversation, but deep enough to immerse visitors in a lush green environment in the middle of the city. When visitors are seated, they can still engage with the surrounding urban fabric lying down, however, offers visitors a completely immersive experience, as the grass wraps up the sides and surrounds the individual, screening views and sounds of the city. Montgomery Townsend would like to thank Gather Seattle for their help throughout the event, and Fr... More

Project • By Danaher & Walsh Group LtdParks/Gardens

Mill Lane & The Gateway Public Realm, Leicester

This major project was funded by De Montfort University and managed by Leicester City Council.As part of DMU's ongoing programme of campus improvements, Mill Lane, which forms a central spine along their main campus, was transformed into a striking public pathway. It features rain gardens, which capture excess rainwater to feed trees and plants, seating areas, flower beds and the same stone which was used to give Cathedral Square a complete makeover before the burial of King Richard III.Danaher & Walsh was awarded the project via a competitive tender process. The works were carried out in phases in a live campus environment and with interfaces to other works.Collaborative... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsShopping Centres

Central Festival Chiang Mai

Project: Central Festival Chiang Mai Location : Chiang Mai, Thailand Type: Retail centre Size: 210,000 m2 Client: Central Pattana Design : Girimun Ltd 2012 Opening: 2015 Sitting on a prominent corner on Chiang Mai ring road, this lifestyle retail centre combines indoor shopping and outdoor enjoyment. The main building features 5 levels of shopping, eating, entertainment, multiplex cinema and ice-skating rink and extends outwards through a system of canopy links that connect to event plazas and pavilion buildings amongst landscaped gardens. The curves of our contemporary design find inspiration on the surrounding rice paddy fields of the valley where the early “Lanna” - meaning “million terraces” – culture has prospered. Gir... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsOffices

Castelo Branco Office Park

Project: Castelo Branco Office Park Location: São Paulo, Brazil Type: Offices Size: 240,000 m2 Client: Tishman Speyer Design: Girimun Ltd 2012 Opening: n/a Taking the 2 existing buildings as a starting point, we have created a phased commercial development with additional 6 office and hotel towers in a total of 240,000 sqm stretching along 500m. The towers are laid out in a soft rotation angle from each other so to allow more space between them, guarantee open views, and create a dynamic outdoor inner space rich in landscape, water features, canopied walkways and supportive retail. The later twin towers sit on a retail podium that gradually steps up amidst recreational open courtyards to overcome the existing 12m level gap on site... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsMasterplans

Porto Olimpico Master Plan

Project:Porto Olimpico Location:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Type:Mixed-use master plan Size:1,000,000 m2 Client:Competition Design:Girimun Ltd 2011 with DG Architect: Mauro Resnitzky Opening:n/a Collaborating firm: Burold Happold Engineering + DG Arquitetura e Planejamento As part of a package of investments for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the regeneration of 85 hectares of land near the old docks will create more than 1 million sqm of apartments, hotels, office buildings and a convention centre. The project addresses two moments: the completion of support facilities for the 2016 Olympic Games (10,600-room accommodation for media and referees, a media-centre and 3 to 5-star hotels) and its transformation post-Games into... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsApartments

Changfeng Park Residences

Project:Porto Olimpico Location:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Type:Mixed-use master plan Size:1,000,000 m2 Client:Competition Design:Girimun Ltd 2011 with DG Opening:n/a As part of a package of investments for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the regeneration of 85 hectares of land near the old docks will create more than 1 million sqm of apartments, hotels, office buildings and a convention centre. The project addresses two moments: the completion of support facilities for the 2016 Olympic Games (10,600-room accommodation for media and referees, a media-centre and 3 to 5-star hotels) and its transformation post-Games into a vibrant mixed-use extension of the city centre. A green loop circuit of public spaces embraces the whole m... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsShopping Centres

Longfor Baoshan Mixed-use Complex

Project: Longfor Baoshan Mixed-use Complex Location: Shanghai, PRC Type: Mixed-use Size: 175,000 m2 Client: Longfor Real Estate Co. Ltd. Design: Girimun Ltd 2014 Architect: Mauro Resnitzky Opening: 2016 This mixed-use development consists of a 5-storeys retail podium and retail basement of 74,800 sqm and two SoHo 86m-tall towers housing 1040 individual units. It will bring a fresh air of contemporary urban lifestyle to this outskirt area of Shanghai. The shopping environment with its fluid sequence of spaces, atriums and corridors is integrated seamlessly with the surroundings and the vicinity as a whole through multi-level links, bridges and passages that brings together the local metro station to the local residential neighborho... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsOffices

Faria Lima Offices

Project : Faria Lima Office Location: São Paulo, Brazil Type: Offices Size: 16,000 m2 Client: Bolsa de Imóveis de SP Design: Girimun Ltd 2011 Architect: Mauro Resnitzky Opening: 2014 Occupying an entire block on one of the most prestigious business addresses in São Paulo, the 18,000 sqm office building features five floors and a terrace-garden penthouse on the top level. At street level, prime space facing main road is dedicated to premium retail space. A feature canopy marks the main entrance and directs people towards the main lobby from the side road. The design pays particular attention to energy-efficiency through building orientation and selection of materials and finishes. Girimun Architects: http://www.girimun.com More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsOffices

Crystal City Zhongguancun Master Plan

Project: Crystal City Zhongguancun Master Plan Location: Beijing, China Type: Mixed-Use and Retail Master Plan Size: 310,000 sq mt Client: Guangyao Dongfang Design: 2014 Girimun Ltd Architect: Mauro Resnitzky Opening: NA Description: The regeneration of the central landscape piece of the Business Technology Park in the heart of Zhongguancun will give place to this unique destination of shopping, entertainment, gardens and outdoor events. The four-storey development integrates with the landscape forming a new gentle topography for the site amongst indoor and outdoor spaces and activities. A sinuous spine circulation leads to atriums and event spaces associated with theme clusters such as Technology, Fashion, Entertainment, Conve... More

Project • By Girimun ArchitectsShopping Centres

Nanxiang Mall

Project: Nanxiang Mall, Location: Shanghai, China Type: Retail centre Size: 45,000 m2 Client: China Resources Land Design: Girimun Ltd 2012 Architect: Mauro Resnitzky Opening: 2014 This lifestyle shopping mall is located at the fringe of a compound of high-rise apartments and serves the residents of a high-end suburb of Shanghai built around a giant man-made artificial lake. Originated at the lake, a canal waterfront system of pedestrian-friendly walkways culminates on this plot. The design is therefore driven by the integration between indoor and outdoor spaces where the retail experience extends itself from the main building onto sunken squares, pavilion restaurants, signage towers and feature canopies. Girimun Architects: ht... More