Film often makes a mockery of architectural features. Glass facades are obliterated by gunfire, grisly murders are set against a white modernist palette, deconstructed stairs are the cause of nasty accidents or ludicrous slapstick, and you just know a tensile fabric roof will be shredded by the time 007 is finished with it.
There is one architectural feature however that has benefited from very complimentary treatment by the film industry, and surprisingly it is a sustainable one. Green roofs and other “architectural” green spaces have been popping up regularly in mainstream movies over the past decade: blockbusters including The Vow (2012) and Source Code (2011) utilized the greenscape outside Gehry‘s Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; last year the Vancouver Convention Centre was featured in both Godzilla and Robocop; and Kaspar Schroder’s 2009 uber cool documentary My Playground, about the sport of parkour (the art of bouncing off buildings made famous by the opening scenes of Casino Royale), features BIG’s Mountain Dwellings in Copenhagen. And we cannot forget two of the biggest film franchises in history: both of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises feature green roofs in their portrayal of Hobbiton – home of the virtuous and incorruptible Hobbits.
This article by Jonathan Ward, originally published on Arup Thoughts as “A Top-Down Approach to Flood Prevention” discusses a cheap, simple, but effective method of easing the load on drainage after a storm: temporary storage of water on flat roofs, which can not only help to prevent floods, but also provide unexpected benefits as well.
Gravity offers a simple and cheap way to attenuate stormwater flows – by storing water temporarily on a flat roof. All sorts of causes are being blamed for the current flooding in the UK; lack of dredging, poor management of catchment areas, construction on flood plains and paving over front gardens are all being mentioned in the press.
One thing is for sure – we will be paying a lot more attention to the topic given the current experience, and the fact that wetter winters are predicted in our changing climate, with a certainty of more extreme events.
Read on for an explanation of why this counter-intuitive measure actually makes perfect sense
Architects: Despang Architekten
Location: Göttingen, Germany
Architects In Charge: Günther Despang/Martin Despang
Project Architects: Philip Hogrebe/Jörg Steveker
Area: 512 sqm
Photographs: Jochen Stüber, Olaf Baumann
Architects: estudioSIC – Esaú Acosta, Mauro Gil-Fournier, Miguel jaenicke, estudiosic
Location: Leon, Spain
Collaborators: Alfredo Borgui, Nieves Valle, Albert Pérez
Co-authors: Pedro Colón, Raquel Buj
Project Team: Take Away Media, Jorge Pellitero
Project area: 1,450 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: estudioSIC, Esaú Acosta
Architects: b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
Location: Lloret de Mar, Spain
Competition Team: Fermín Vázquez, Sebastián Khourian, Juan Pablo Porta, Markus Jacoby, Paulo Moreira
Project Team: Fermín Vázquez, Peco Mulet, Sebastián Khourian, Juan Pablo Porta, Andrés Gorini, Nicolás Perfumo, Leonardo Novelo, Giusy Ottonelly, Valeria Merola, Ana Vicente-Arche, Paulo Moreira, Zelia Alvés, Carles Martínez-Almoyna, Laura Marticorena
Interiors: David Pablo, Zelia Alvés, Gaëlle Lauxerrois, Anaïs Blanc, Sandra Palou, Diana Singla
Digital Model: Oriol Roig, Magdalena Ostornol, Iván Arellano
Model: Miquel Lluch, Omar Vejar and Ángel Gaspar
Client: Gran Casino Costa Brava, S.L.
Services: JG Asociados
Rigger: Técnics G3
Lighting Consultor: Artec3
Landscape: Arquitectura Agronomía
Project Area: 31,123.38 sqm
Project Year: 2007–2010
Photographs: Adriá Goula
Enta Yang shared with us the photographs he took of the Hsiangshan Visitor Center by Japan architect Norihiko Dan in Taiwan, winner project from the Sun Moon Lake Tourist Route International competition, featuring a really nice concrete work and a green roof cover to keep under control internal temperatures.
Take a look at the complete photoset after the break.