Architects Turn Crumbling Garage Into Green-Covered Cottage Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale
March 4, 2013
“Green lawning” buildings isn’t anything new in contemporary architecture. In fact, it’s been going on for at least a decade, when, reacting to a revitalized sustainability movement and discussion over sustainable building practices, architects en masse began cloaking their structures in thin grass carpets. This, of course, was (and is) less a viable strategy for reducing construction’s environmental impact than a spray-on aesthetic to spread the green gospel all over the world.
A-n-y-w-a-y, here’s a great example of a much more nuanced and grassroots — ha — type of green lawning. Act_Romegialli‘s “Green Box” takes an old, rusted garage and turns it into a whimsical, flowering studio. The architects outfitted the structure with a lightweight steel frame, itself lined with a multi-layered mesh on which deciduous plants grow with abandon. The twisting vines, leaf-bearing shoots, and blooming flowers screen the large windows from the sun’s harsh rays, acting like natural brise-soleil. A diverse set of materials, like reclaimed wood planks, textured concrete walls, and old stone, add to the already-lush surroundings. Click through for more!
All photos: Marcello Marian