From green architecture to architectural green: Facade versus space

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    The paper investigates the topic of green architecture from an architectural point of view and not an energy point of view. The purpose of the paper is to establish a debate about the architectural language and spatial characteristics of green architecture. In this light, green becomes an adjective that describes the architectural exclusivity of this particular architecture genre. The adjective green expresses architectural qualities differentiating green architecture from none-green architecture. Currently, adding trees and vegetation to the building’s facade is the main architectural characteristics of green architecture. The paper argues that this greenification of facades is insufficient. The green is only a skin cladding the exterior envelope without having a spatial significance. Through the paper it is proposed to flip the order of words from green architecture to architectural green. Architectural green could signify green architecture with inclusive interrelations between green and space, built and unbuilt, inside and outside. The aim of the term is to reflect a new focus in green architecture – its architectural performance. Ecological issues are not underestimated or ignored, but so far they have overshadowed the architectural potential of green architecture. The paper questions how a green space should perform, look like and function. Two examples are chosen to demonstrate thorough integrations between green and space. The examples are public buildings categorized as pavilions. One is Dutch pavilion at Hannover (MVRDV, 2000). The second is MFO Park (Burckhardt + Partner AG, 2002). By the means of the examples, possible characteristics and performance of architectural green are discussed and evaluated. The paper argues that the notion of green as an architectural quality is not limited to the architecture of pavilions and can be applied in other architectural forms and functions. The paper ends by questioning the potential of architectural green in urbanity.
    Publikationsdato4 nov. 2011
    Antal sider6
    StatusUdgivet - 4 nov. 2011
    BegivenhedGreenAge - Istanbul, Tyrkiet
    Varighed: 6 dec. 20108 dec. 2010




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