Architecture: Green roofs

There is a such a foreign elegance to green roofs. Obviously there is nothing more natural than plants and grass, but put it on top of a concrete jungle and there is a head-turning strangeness about it that is so beautiful. Perhaps in the near future it will be the norm, but for now check out these beautiful urban/pastoral hybrids from around the world.

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco   via

Vancouver Public Library, Canada    via

Vancouver Convention Center – Built for the 2010 Olympics   via

Nanyang University School of Art, Singapore   via

“Temporary” Green Technology Showroom, Beijing, China   via

New York City    via

Faroe Islands, Denmark    via

Library in Kazakhstan

I haven’t been updating you with architecture related posts that I write on 2modern‘s design talk on Tuesdays. I’ll try to change that. Today, I talked about a new library in Astana, Kazakhstan by BIG Architects. This library has spectacular views of the city and will house not just books but also space and time. Even more fascinating is the design of the building itself!  Its disk-like structure comprises four archetypes – the circle, the rotunda, the arch and the yurt, each of which merge to form a Mobius strip. A Mobius Strip as defined on Wikipedia is a surface with only one side or one boundary component. Here the design forms a spiraling circle around a vertical core and the structure’s curves so the interior becomes the exterior and the walls the roof and roof into walls. Wow!

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Other interesting architectural projects around the world that I blogged about can be found on 2modern’s design talk. And Ill will try to do a summary here too.