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Green roofs changing architecture

Gone are the days when the roof was just a roof, these days roofs are becoming an integral part of any new design. Case and point: Kowloon Rail Terminus.

We are seeing more and more architectural renderings where green roof technology is making roofs into habitable architecture, while also changing the way architects think of buildings.



The Express Rail Link - West Kowloon Terminus by Aedas will connect Hong Kong to the National High Speed Rail Network. The terminal's roof is a series of ribbons that meet ground level, turning the building into a big walkable hill.

The architects tell Designboom:

Flowing ribbon pathways spread to the roof plane, morphing into a highly sculpted garden. atop the 25 to 45 meter tall volume, an observation platform along the south elevation directs views towards the skyline, Victoria Peak and encompassing landscape. The roofscape circulation will link to retail and nearby subway and public transit points. Voids and apertures within the facade bring daylight as well as visual glimpses down to the sub-grade platforms.



The terminal also boasts with green walls inside the terminal.

We have to wonder how many people would actually walk up those green “hills”.




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