Future Green Buildings: What is Possible?

Christoph Gruenaug
Associate
Arup, Sydney

As a growing proportion of the global population is shifting to the world’s urban centers, increasing pressure is being placed on our natural and built environments to keep up, as well as serve inhabitants. One of the ways to respond to this is to integrate nature into our built environment by introducing greenery on tall buildings, and at a wider city scale. The benefits of doing so are considerable. Introducing greenery to high-rises is central to maintaining a sense of comfort and well-being for people in our rapidly expanding cities. Issues such as buildability, future-proofing and ongoing maintenance costs are critical to consider as part of this design approach. Additionally, isolation of building occupants is an aspect that can be addressed through inclusion of common spaces such as terraces, internal voids and atria, which create a sense of connectivity in these large vertical habitats. It is imperative that designers and developers understand these issues and how they are currently being dealt with, but more importantly, what potential there is in the future.

This presentation focuses on a number of projects that have successfully integrated large-scale greenery. These include Marina One, Singapore; Bosco Verticale, Milan; Vertical Forest, Nanjing; and One Central Park, Sydney. The presentation discusses design guidelines to be considered, along with a study of the access systems used for maintaining these types of developments.