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Next To The Green

Marko Świerc

The main idea of the project was to create apartments with the close view on nature and possibility to commune with it. thanks to the green terraces, residents have the opportunity to directly contact with nature without going beyond the border of the plot. Technologies used in the construction of the building is cross-laminated timber and traditionally glued timber. Top roof will be equipped with green terraces, pots and flower beds so that the residents can go on the roof plant fruits, vegetables and spend time actively with other residents. on the ground floor they are planned a psychologist's office, a cafe, and an exhibition and recreation space. The planned facade on the third and fourth floors is equipped with panels for vertical vegetation to reduce overheating of the building and sliding shutters overgrown with vines for sunlight on facades exposed to strong impact the sun.

The building was divided into 4 parts:
- basement with parking spaces, storage rooms
- ground floor with bicycle rooms, rooms for solid waste, psychotherapist's office, space
exhibition and recreation area and a cafe
- 4 residential floors, a total of 28 apartments.
- a green roof with a recreational function,

The form of the building was intended to relieve the visual burden of the block due to the dense development. By shifting individual storeys was created a rhythm of openings in which are located terraces and greenery accompanying them. Thanks 2 completed with vegetation atriums extending over 4 storeys form gives the impression of a complex consisting of 3 interconnected buildings. The visual basis of the whole building is the ground floor, which is continuous along the outline of the entire building

The structure of the building is based on monolithic walls and concrete footings in underground floor. The cantilevered parts of the building and terraces are based on wooden binders connected to reinforced concrete columns. Walls, ceilings and terraces are made in technology CLT thickness 16cm slabs. The supporting structure of the shutters is attached to the wall structure and made of aluminum profiles. The green façade systems are attached to the walls between glass façade and wall. Wooden walls are a frame for modular boxes with plants. They separate the terraces and are partly based on beams based on the main wooden trusses and are partially suspended on steel ropes attached to the main wooden struts.

The walls of the building apart from the foundation walls were made of CLT panels with a thickness of 16cm and
have been insulated with 20 cm of wood wool, depending on the floor insulation of wood wool is finished in different ways. On the ground floor, the facade is finished with an additional mat of wood wool glued with flush net to make it easier to plaster this wall. Level 1 and 2 walls are finished with facade slats in order to obtain an aesthetic natural facade. They protect along with others technological layers of the building against wind and moisture. Level 3 and 4 walls have been finished with modular panels for vertical green mounted on the rack at a distance allowing natural passage between the wall and the panels. Panels are equipped with an irrigation system, which is also modularly combined with the rest of the panels. Under the panels runs a gutter draining excess water into drain pipes hidden in the construction of sliding shutters. The building was equipped with sliding shutters identical with the facade solution the floor on which they are located. The whole is mounted on a solid aluminum structure attached to the structure of the building. They protect the southern facades of the building from overheating.

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