Located on the southern edge of the Dutch village of Sint-Michielsgestel, the four-storey Green Villa adopts the urban form of the neighbouring buildings, while a gridded “rack” system covers the building’s entire exterior in a variety of plants that help it blend into the bucolic landscape of the nearby river, fields and trees.
"This design is a continuation of our research into ‘facade-less’ buildings and radical greening”, explains Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV. “The idea from the nineties of city parks as an oasis in the city is too limited. We need a radical ‘green dip’: as will be shown soon in a book by The Why Factory with the same title, we should also cover roofs and high-rise facades with greenery. Plants and trees can help us to offset CO2 emissions, cool our cities, and promote biodiversity.”
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- Van Boven Architecten