The primary concern of the masterplan was to recreate an ecosystem which addresses the physical and psychological comfort of the elephants and Mumbai-based architects Rahul Mehrotra and Associates were invited to lead the initiative. The settlement was to be a habitat for a hundred elephants, which included ones on active duty, calves, convalescent and aging animals as well as their mahouts (Elephant Keepers). Continue reading Hathi Gaon | Amber India | Integrated Design (INDE)
A recently completed building with 4 additional floors; the requirement was to replace an unsightly mesh-façade and improve on a bland and uninviting disused space behind it. Located within the prime Singapore Central Business District (CBD), the 1984 building is 10 storeys tall and was originally designed to be environmentally responsive with floors receding inwards with each lower floor. External RC Planters spanning across the building’s 24m width façade was meant for sun-shading. Continue reading An Unexpected Hanging-Garden | Singapore | AgFacadesign & Tierra Design
How does one build on the stark beauty of a Cycladic landscape without destroying it? This project seeks an answer to that very question.
Placing such a rich development programme on this highly sensitive site necessitates a careful examination of the natural and historic elements which characterise the landscape: the amphitheatrical circle of hills, the seasonal streams, the juniper trees and frigana vegetation, the pezoules (agricultural terraces) and the xerolithies (dry stone walls). Continue reading VIDEO | Landscapes of Cohabitation on Antiparos Island | Greece | doxiadis+
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden pioneered the demonstration garden with the Fragrance Garden for the blind in 1955, and due to the addition of a new visitor center, the opportunity to redesign the herb garden for the 21st century was realized. Through a competitive process, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden selected AHBL to design the New Century Herb and Vegetable Garden, which is the first demonstration garden addition in the last forty years. Continue reading New Century Herb and Vegetable Garden | Brooklyn USA | AHBL
How can rural dynamics be employed to adequately cope with the global challenges that we are currently facing and how can these challenges once again turn rural areas into a system that works? The Veenkoloniën (Groningen peat district) is a rural area in the North of the Netherlands that is facing a number of major economic, social and ecological challenges. As an agricultural area, the region is part of a global system. Consequently, its challenges are not caused by internal factors, but by the global food system and this system’s impact on the area, i.e. the social, economic and ecological environment that it creates. Continue reading Eat Your View | Veenkoloniën Netherlands | Felixx
Redefining the 17th floor of the historic Western Publishing Building in midtown Manhattan, HM White has created a contemporary green roof garden terrace as an extension of Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices. The 6,500 square-foot living roof establishes a biophilic transformation of the office environment and daily employee experience. A lush, sculpted garden wraps the building and visually merges interior office spaces with a serene meadow landscape, layered in contrast to its dense urban context.