Urban Biophillic Pavilion: A Greenhouse Reconstruction in Pittsburgh

Urban Biophillic Pavilion: A Greenhouse Reconstruction in Pittsburgh

Bethany Seawright
Jan 20, 2011

According to Wikipedia, the term "biophilia" literally means "love of life or living systems." If that's true, then I have to say that I love what studio d'ARC has done with this rooftop greenhouse in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Here, the architects have taken a 1970's hothouse, badly in need of repair, and have transformed it into a marvel of glass, sliding angles and light. In doing so, they've created both a stunning architectural structure, and a space that embodies the humanistic attributes of biophilic building design:

• The use of dynamic and diffuse daylight
• The ability to have frequent, spontaneous and repeated contact with nature
throughout and between buildings
• The use of local, natural materials
• A connection between interior and exterior surfaces
• Natural ventilation
• Direct visual access to nature from interior spaces
• A direct physical connection to nature from interior spaces

The results are dramatic, and capture both the practical and the emotional benefits of increased exposure to the outdoors.

Oh, and did I mention the view?? Now, that's what I call "loving life"!

For more images and the complete story, visit ArchDaily | Urban Biophillic Pavilion / studio d'ARC

Images:1-4. Ed Massery / Massery Photography, Inc. 5. studio d'ARC

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