Sunday, January 25, 2009 by resa rudi Hartono
You must have heard about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and if you haven't then I suggest a little peak in to the ancient wonders of the world. While building a structure like that might have been an extraordinary architectural achievement in those times, it probably is a lot les difficult today. With the world's leading architects planning the future agriculture on spectacular green skyscrapers, hanging fields might soon be a common sight (Although not that soon). Here is another example of making sure that green goodness spreads and how it can spread not just horizontally but also vertically!
ACROS Fukuoka (Asian Crossroads over the Sea) is an amazing building in Fukuoka City, Japan. It got our attention because it preserves the green space as much as possible, thanks to its stunning design. On one side it has glass walls and looks just like a conventional office building that looks onto the most important financial street of Fukuoka, while the other side is an enormous green roof (a garden roof) with some 35,000 plants that step down floor-by-floor, in a stratification of low, landscaped terraces into a park.
Reaching up to 60 meters above the ground, the green roof is responsible to keeping the whole building at lower and constant temperature levels, which will obviously lead to less power consumption. Argentinean architects Emilio Ambasz & Associates are those with the vision, the looks and actually the whole idea. The structure offers a great place to relax and gives you an unparallel view of the bay area. I think I remember how even New York now has one similar structure and that is not a bad idea for other major cities to take up!