Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Manhattan Roof Garden

Cook + Fox, architects who specialize in environmental sensitivity, designed this "green roof" for their Manhattan headquarters:
A defining feature of the new Cook+Fox office is a 3600 square foot planted roof, a restorative green plane visible from nearly every workspace. Planted with drought-tolerant, low-maintenance sedum species, the green roof will reduce stormwater runoff, decrease the building’s cooling load, and fight the heat island effect that burdens the city’s energy infrastructure. When fully grown it will compose a living, green horizon line against the urban backdrop, while drawing the outside environment into the sightlines of the workplace. As we strive to incorporate the principles of biophilia—design that engages humans’ innate desire to connect with the natural world—the green roof will be an inspiration to staff, clients, and visitors alike.

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