There have for a long time been dreams of ‘green buildings’ graphically imagined, CGI constructions of lush tower blocks overflowing with tropical foliage. However, reality has been so far slow in catching up to the scale of these dreams – though that hasn’t stopped architects from trying.
Famous ‘green’ buildings include the iconic One Central Park building in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale in New South Wales. Completed in 2014, the multi use highrise building is like a tropical forest on the outside, with staggered tiers of overflowing plants. The Parkroyal Collection Pickering hotel in Singapore, is just another example of businesses trying to cash in on the ‘green’ look, knowing that their customers are keen to believe in the dream of sustainability.
Koichi Takada is an architect with a passion and a mission. He is the founder of the practice making Brisbane’s ‘urban forest’ – a 30 storey high building that takes its inspiration from nature. Takada, however, doesn’t just want to draw from nature to create these magnificently inspiring projects, his goal is also to give back and try to help save nature from the ongoing destruction and challenges from humans that it faces.
The Urban Forest subsequently is Takada’s way to bring nature back into the cityscape, not just as a visual reference but in a healing process of harmonious cohabitation with the surrounding environment.
The Aria Property Group is collaborating with Takada on the Urban Forest project, with a key focus on preserving the local biodiversity in the area. The highrise incorporates over 250 native Australian species into its design that will host roughly 20,000 plants and 1,000 trees across its central structure.
The goal here is to invite nature gently back into the urban landscape, and a not in the least bit ambitious target of creating the ‘greenest residential tower in the world’.
The green tower will also serve as an education centre for the public, offering classes and workshops to people to better understand the functioning and ecosystems at work in the building. The building will be carbon neutral, with solar and thermal insulation as standard. Clean energy for the residents will be sourced offsite and orchestrated with a mixed mode design to ensure an energy efficient heating and cooling system for the structure.