Designed by Seattle’s LMN Architects, the green roof on top of the west expansion of the Vancouver Convention Centre is all set for its grand opening. Large in size and packed with green features the very special roof deserves a huge mention for its planet-friendly message that it shouts out loud and clear.
The largest of its kind in Canada and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America, the 1.2 million square feet top is covered with over 400,000 indigenous plants, which make for a real awesome sight.
Apart from the obvious fact that the coastline structure helps immensely in cleaning up the air pollution with all those plants on top, it also features black water and a desalinization system that is expected to cut potable water use by 60-70% over other typical convention centers.
With energy efficient fixtures inside the building, usage of seawater for temperature regulation, maximum utilization of natural lighting and an integrated marine habitat restoration program, the new Vancouver Convention center is quickly becoming one cool place to meet. Quite literally! [via JetsonGreen]