Biophilia of the Week

This week we go super-size-me biophilia big!

Thomas Heatherwick reveals his plans to build a Maggie's cancer-care centre in Yorkshire, England.

Image Credit: Thomas Heatherwick

Image Credit: Thomas Heatherwick

Described as "a collection of stepped planter elements", his design comprises a series of curved structures that each feature rooftops covered in plants and flowers.
The aim is to take advantage of the therapeutic effect of plants, creating a welcoming facility that stands in contrast to the more sterile environment of the adjacent hospital. - Dezeen
 

CTBUH recently named CapitaLand building as a regional winner in its 2015 Best Tall Buildings Awards.

CapitaGreen, a 40-storey tower in Singapore, winner of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 2015 Best Buildings Award.  I read the description quickly and thought it said the flora-inspired structure on the roof added a decorative scent, instead of accent. Considering it looks like a red pineapple I immediately imagined the office floors smelling like Pina Colada’s. Love it or leave it, the double-skin curtain wall with vegetation over half the façade will make a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of people in the offices. Neighboring buildings get a secondary benefit from the view-of-biophilia too.

Source: Architect

Photo Credit: CTBUH

Photo Credit: CTBUH

A love for trees and religion.

Photo Credit: Barry Cox

Photo Credit: Barry Cox

While some aspire for grand pools or tranquil gardens in their backyards, New Zealand resident, Barry Cox, had other ideas for a 3-acre space in his own yard. Yearning for an old stone church like those he had admired on his travels through Europe, Cox united his passions for religion and tree relocation to create a 100-seat chapel at his Ohaupo, New Zealand home made almost entirely from mature trees. According to the New Zealand Gardener, as a child, Cox wanted to be the Pope, but instead, settled for the position of head altar boy in his hometown church. His interest in Christianity, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of trees, came full circle in the creation of Tree Church. - The Dirt

An organic installation by Henrique Oliveira at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.