Photo: Koichi Takada Architects

This Apartment Building in Australia Will Be Covered in 20,000 Plants

Australia Sustainability News
by Dayana Aleksandrova Sep 23, 2020

Architectural studio Koichi Takada Architects unveiled its plan for a 30-floor “urban forest” apartment building in Brisbane, Australia. Construction is expected to start in 2021 and be completed by 2024. The project is poised to be the world’s most eco-friendly residential building, and will be covered in 20,000 living plants — 250 of which are native to the local Queensland region. It will feature 392 homes, a two-level rooftop garden, and a public park at the ground level.

“Urban Forest is probably the greenest we can design with the current ‘greening’ tools and regulations available to us,” Koichi Takada, the studio’s founder, told Dezeen.

The idea behind the project is to promote sustainable structures and the use of eco-materials which has become even more crucial in light of the pandemic. “Post Covid-19, I think it’s a great opportunity to pause and rethink and not just adapt, but shift the paradigm from industrial to natural. Concrete, steel, and glass are very hard and solid industrial materials. Let’s call them dead materiality. We need to be embracing more living materiality, living architecture,” Takada said.

Takada plans on using “green concrete” that is a low-carbon version of the original material and contains 40 percent less Portland cement than traditional concrete. Additionally, the units will be built in a way that reduces waste production and shortens construction time. All of the timber sourced for the project will be eco-friendly and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Each apartment will have a private veranda-style balcony and access to the rooftop garden and shared swimming pool. The building will also feature a community center where visitors can learn details about the surrounding plant species. The future of eco-friendly construction is looking very promising, and projects like this serve as an inspiration for the global movement.

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