29 Apr '13, 2pm
Project of the Week: Aqua in Chicago, IL by The Studio Gang, Barrett Company and more... #greenroofs
The 80,000 sf landscaped roof garden capping Aquas three-story podium roof provides a naturalistic, eco-friendly landscape that reduces the buildings interior temperature and cooling energy requirements in the summer significantly and reduces winter heat loss. Besides reducing the urban heat-island effect of roofs the green roof contributes to improvement of the air quality by removing airborne particulate that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The plants used for all landscaped areas are both native and non-native water efficient species, helping to conserve existing natural areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity. Magellan utilizes E-tinted glass in Aqua to maintain optimal temperature control in each residence. And the buildings rippling terrace extensions are designed to maximize solar shading along with architectural originality. Aqua is also the si...