Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
VanDusen Botanical Garden’s New Visitor Centre in Vancouver, Canada by Perkins+Will
February 3rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Perkins+Will
The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre creates a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape—from a visual and ecological perspective. Inspired by the organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid, the building is organized into undulating green roof ‘petals’ that float above rammed earth and concrete walls.
Designed to exceed LEED Platinum status, the Visitor Centre is pursuing the Living Building Challenge. The facility uses on-site, renewable sources to achieve net-zero energy on an annual basis; sequesters enough carbon to achieve carbon neutrality; uses filtered rainwater for the building’s greywater requirements; and treats 100% of blackwater in an on-site bio-reactor.