benefits of plants in the office

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SERIE: Top 5 green roofs worldwide

The City Hall rooftop garden

Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden sits atop City Hall, an 11-story office building in the Loop. First planted in 2000, the City Hall rooftop garden was conceived as a demonstration project - part of the City’s Urban Heat Island Initiative - to test the benefits of green roofs and how they affect temperature and air quality. The garden consists of 20,000 plants of more than 150 species, including shrubs, vines and two trees. The plants were selected for their ability to thrive in the conditions on the roof, which is exposed to the sun and can be windy and arid. Most are prairie plants native to the Chicago region.

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Majunga Tower

The “double skin” facade offers numerous benefits: plenty of natural daylight floods into the offices, but they are also protected by an integrated sun shade system. Energy consumption is thereby cut both for lighting and air-conditioning. 

On the southern side, loggias and plants are used behind glass slats. These loggias form hollows in the facade repeated the full height of the tower, each recessed a little further than the last, contrasting with the smooth, spare surfaces of the other facades. This new typology brings an original dimension to the tower.


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Architect: Viguier