anthi grapsa + konstantinos chalaris: engineered biotopes
 
anthi grapsa + konstantinos chalaris: engineered biotopes anthi grapsa + konstantinos chalaris: engineered biotopes
jul 28, 2010

anthi grapsa + konstantinos chalaris: engineered biotopes

‘engineered biotopes’ by anthi grapsa and konstantinos chalaris all images courtesy of anthi grapsa and konstantinos chalaris

london-based architects anthi grapsa and konstantinos chalaris‘s design proposal for the ‘piraeus tower 2010’ competition incorporates plant nurseries into the skin of the abandoned tower. the brief called for a new interpretation of what a facade can be and do.

at only 2 squared meter of green space per person, ‘engineered biotopes’ recognizes the lack of open green space in the city of piraeus. the design uses modern agricultural techniques in the construction of the tower, essentially becoming a vertical park for not just the inhabitants but the dwindling species of birds and wild flora. the first two stories accommodate a grid of glass tubes that nurture seedlings. from a distance, this portion of the tower provides a shimmering effect, reflecting light onto nearby streets. from floors 3-22, a system of small biotopes house small vegetation along the surface of the facade. depending on the weather conditions, each individual modules can be re-positioned by a robotic crane to optimize on sunlight and water consumption. this continual activity on the tower’s facade creates an urban choreography that establishes a dynamic relationship to the piraeus port where containers and ships are constantly reconfigured.

view of the tower in context

detail of the biotope mechanism

elevation

roof plan

section

diagram

the tower’s position

  • Very nice drwing style

    Kate L says:
  • Now this is a real architecture work!!!

    gHAZ says:
  • amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

    ermioni says:
  • A bit over the top but i have to admit that is a very nice idea

    byron me says:
  • poli kalo

    VM says:
  • Gorgeous elevation!
    Very cool project

    Natalie says:
  • I have seen the results from this competition and this is one of my top 3, the actual winners of it are absolutely rubbish!
    Well done people!

    Maria HT says:
  • REALLY NICE !!
    A COMBINATION BETWEEN THE RESIDENCE FOR PEOPLE AND THE ANIMALS !! BACK TO THE NATURE, EVEN IN PIRAEUS…
    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE FECES OF THE BIRDS-IF THE BUILDING IS GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM IN TIME, AS IT HAPPENS WITH THE PIGEONS FOR EXAMPLE…

    Μ.LEO says:
  • gorgeous and even romantic. but i’m worried about the feces, too. they are hard to remove & so acidic that they cause erosion. if they can solve this problem, it will be perfect.

    milagre says:
  • interesting idea…but i guess the window cleaners will be happy about the birds dirt…the dwellers as well by the way

    reb says:
  • An excellent way to re-use, recycle a building. Prevention methods can be taken re the bird problem d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Dear All,

    Thank you so much for the very positive feedback!
    It really makes us feel more confident about our work.

    All the best

    Konstantinos Chalaris & Anthi Grapsa

    Konstantinos Chalaris says:
  • may be incline or skew the plane of the facadas in a favourable position…

    arq venezuelan says:
  • I think arq venezuelan is missing the point…

    Antzi Smith says:
  • WOW!!! What a great project

    hARTY says:
  • Very well thought project, I am glad proposals like that get published

    niomi says:
  • Did anyone saw the results of this competition????
    The Greeks do not have idea what is good and what is a rubish proposal!!

    Tobias says:

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