Editor Dan Wilkie
One of Australia’s most ambitious green buildings has gained the endorsement of one of the world’s biggest environmentalists, with Sir David Attenborough giving his nod of approval to the Koichi Takada-designed Urban Forest project in Brisbane.
Sir David shared an architect’s rendering of the project on his Facebook page this week, shining light on Koichi Takada Architects’ and developer Aria Property Group’s ambitions of creating what they say will be the world’s most environmentally-friendly building.
The 30-level apartment tower, which has been proposed to be built on Merivale Street in South Brisbane, will feature more than 1,000 trees and 20,000 plants selected from 259 native species in a series of densely-forested vertical gardens.
A recycling system using water from kitchens, laundries and vanities will feed irrigation of the gardens, with 50 per cent of the buildings waste-water runoff to be treated on site to keep the plants healthy.
The gardens are not just an attractive feature, Koichi Takada said, but rather an active component of sustainability that will increase the biodiversity of South Brisbane and reduce the ecological footprint of the city.
Urban Forests will also feature what Mr Takada describes as ‘green concrete’, a low-carbon variety that will use 40 per cent less Portland cement than a conventional building.
“Urban Forest aims to turn the thoughtless use of toxic building materials into cleaner and healthier material applications, like the idea of green concrete for instance,” Mr Takada said.
“Much like we care for healthier choices in food, our industry needs a more aggressive approach to its detoxing if we are to tackle climate change.
“We hope Urban Forest will inspire mass greening. Let’s naturalise our cities.”
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