gruene erde breathing headquarters

 

gruene erde breathing headquarters

on plant-based & bio-climatic design practice

 

 

gruene erde breathing headquarters

on plant-based & bio-climatic design practice

 

A plant-based design approach that introduces breathing into buildings.
A sensual and atmospheric space that is literally breathing in oxygen, originating from its vegetated bio-climatic courtyards.

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the purpose

The company GRÜNE ERDE specializes in the development and manufacture of products in which ecological, sustainable thinking and action are fundamental - with special consideration of socially just trade and material chains of renewable resources.
Our design philosophy fits well with these principles - because they combine human needs with the ecology of our living environment. With the Grüne Erde Breathing Headquarters project, given standards in terms of design, material consumption, energy consumption and the bioclimatic impact of large structures are subsequently questioned – and redefined.

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the idea

A plant-based design approach that introduces biophilic breathing into buildings. A sensual and atmospheric space that is literally breathing in oxygen, originating from its densely vegetated bio-climatic courtyards.

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bio-climatic system

As a world-premiere, "climatic and atmospheric plant performance" will be applied on a large scale as a bio-climatic, ventilation and cooling concept. This involves replacing extensive building services equipment with planting yards and their performance. An example of future bioclimatic architecture through
systemic innovation.

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discovering

Like inverted clearings in a forest, the interior landscape of the new GRUENE ERDE headquarters is structured by thirteen patios, allowing daylight and oxygen to impact the way we sensually experience our daily working and living environment. Here, individual plant communities of Austrian living forest
ecotypes are providing fresh clean air and oxygen to breathe. The end of air conditioning as we know it and a beginning for a new kind of cohabitation on our planet Earth.

discovering

Like inverted clearings in a forest, the interior landscape of the new GRUENE ERDE headquarters is structured by thirteen patios, allowing daylight and oxygen to impact the way we sensually experience our daily working and living environment. Here, individual plant communities of Austrian living forest
ecotypes are providing fresh clean air and oxygen to breathe. The end of air conditioning as we know it and a beginning for a new kind of cohabitation on our planet Earth.

discovering

Like inverted clearings in a forest, the interior landscape of the new GRUENE ERDE headquarters is structured by thirteen patios, allowing daylight and oxygen to impact the way we sensually experience our daily working and living environment. Here, individual plant communities of Austrian living forest
ecotypes are providing fresh clean air and oxygen to breathe. The end of air conditioning as we know it and a beginning for a new kind of cohabitation on our planet Earth.

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economy of ecology

A step towards zero-embedded carbon. A 9.000 sqm building prototype that is 98,5 % petroleum-free and powered by renewable energy from 100% on-site resources. Surprisingly, the costs of the project are not higher than those of a comparable conventional project. This is mainly due to the fact that the principle of climatic performance through the planted inner courtyards has halved the building services costs. A successful ‘proof of concept’ that plant-based innovation can take place in a cost-neutral way.

site 47°54'52"N 13°59'09"E

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closing thought

"The current exceptional situation around the world offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on the values of our sometimes uninspired and inhumane building production, which often focuses only on money instead of people. How do we want to live in the future, how do we want to learn, how do we want to work? For example like this!"
Wojciech Czaja on breathing headquarters in Der Standard 26.04.2020

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recognition

Selected for the DAM Award, German Architecture Museum 2021 / Shortlist Architizer+ Award 2020 / Green Good Design Award 2020 / Austrian Interior Design Award 2019 1st prize / Austrian National Design Award 2019 / OÖ Austrian Timber Construction Award 1st prize 2019 / Geplant & Ausgeführt,
Design Award 2019



it takes a village

GRUENE ERDE BREATHING HEADQUARTERS

SITE: Pettenbach, Almtal, Austria
YEAR: 2015 – 2019
PROJECTNUMBER: 108 – GRE
CLIENT: Gruene Erde – Scharnstein

CONCEPTION, DESIGN, DETAILED DESIGN, AND ARTISTIC CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION:
terrain: integral designs BDA Munich / Graz
Klaus K. Loenhart, Katharina Hengel, Claudia Pittino, Clara Hamann, Maria Fellinger, Kathi Zull, Zoe Yan
Zou, Paul Frick

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION, DETAILED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
ARKADE GmbH Linz
Klaus Landerl, Gabriel Trinkl, Manfred Leitgeb

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
terrain: integral designs BDA Munich / Graz
Klaus K. Loenhart, Katharina Hengel, Claudia Pittino, Zoe Yan Zou, Ondrej Hanuz

CLIMATE ENGINEERING
transsolar Munich
Wolfgang Kessling, Dietmar Geiselmann, Daniel Kiehlmann

STRUCTURAL CONCEPTION
terrain: integral designs BDA Munich / Graz
Klaus K. Loenhart, Paul Frick

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Bauplan Service GmbH Herzogsdorf


photography © Jan Schuenke / gruene erde / terrain: integral designs BDA



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