A new facade design by Vincent Callebaut was presented in his pallette of Eco District projects.
He is a Belgian ecological architect. He designs futuristic-like Eco district projects which take account of several aspects of sustainability (renewable energies, biodiversity, urban agriculture).
His latest design refers to creating Brussels’ Botanic Center with densely planted facades.
The existing building was built in 1977.
As a means to bring biodiversity back into the heart of the city, the design uses carefully selected plants to color the building according to different seasons.
Almost 274 planter beds are directly integrated into the existing modules of the facades, enabling the growth of overhanging and climbing plants along the web of cables woven into the existing vertical seals. Maintenance is performed twice a year, at the beginning of Spring and the end of Autumn.
The photosynthesis of 10,000 plants — covering the elevations and green roofs — enables close to 50 tons of carbon dioxide to be removed from the atmosphere each year. The facades also increase the building’s thermal inertia, while the woodwork and window panes are replaced by curved double glazing with high performance, airtight tilt, and turn frames.
Selected plants color the building facade according to different seasons
The rooftop structure is subdivided into 15 arches made from glued laminated timber, pretensioned by a web of steel cables. From a functional perspective, the ‘Chrysalis’ is linked to existing vertical circulation routes. The flexible space could accommodate a variety of events, training or even co-working. the roof of the redesigned building also includes both photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, which are estimated to generate 32,340 kWh/year.
The ‘Chrysalis’ is linked to existing vertical circulation routes
Photosynthesis enables close to 50 tons of carbon dioxide to be removed from the atmosphere
The observation pod offers views across the city
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