Especially in big dense cities, roofs and facades are the only places left to make things greener. Figures show that governments and developers taking action. For example, nearly 8 km² of green roofs – the equivalent of about 1100 soccer fields – were installed in Germany in 2020. It seems the question is no longer whether greenery on buildings is the future, but how much and what form it should take. Our selection of projects related to green cities shows the diverse forms that green buildings can take. Enjoy the issue! Jakob Schoof
From the editorial DETAIL 6.2022
In our June issue, we show six international projects that were clever in cutting costs. In Mechelen, Belgium, even the client stepped in to lend a hand: its timber facade shows off the high-quality woodwork crafted in the on-site workshop. Other measures include the use of modular elements and low-cost materials. The modest budget of Petr Stolín’s kindergarten in the Czech Republic is hard to imagine.
Behind its translucent fibreglass shell is a solid construction whose dynamic spatial structure features varying room heights and open spaces. In Portugal, Summary architects designed a housing estate with modular room units. In Paris, Mao architectes finished prefabricated concrete facade elements with steel railings and wooden shutters.