Designing the Building-Landscape Interface

Architecture firm OTAK integrated lanscaping into their design for a transit center in Tempe, Ariz. Greenwall systems allow climbing plants to line the enclosures and help mitigate heat reflected fom the sidewalk in the desert environment. An angled roof system captures rainwater, directing it through a series of small pipes to irrigate the plant beds.

Studios 5C in Tempe, Ariz., designed by RSP Architects with landscape architects IDEA/EDAW, uses a greenwall system to shade the façade and screen views while allowing for air circulation in the hot desert climate.

The National Wildlife Federation Headquarters in Reston, Va., was designed by the Washington, D.C., office of HOK, with consultants William McDonough Partners. Here, water ponds capture stormwater runoff, and a circulating flow of captured water from roof runoff is used to anchor and irrigate a teaching garden on site.

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