The winner of The Scandinavian Green Roof Award 2018 is TA Companies Ltd (TA-yhtiöt) for their project The Greenest of the Green in Helsinki, Finland.
The Greenest of the Green is a residential building with 121 apartments and a total of 2256 m2 of green roofs and rooftop courtyards. The greenery consists of six different types of green roofs and roof gardens such as meadows, berry & fruit yards, kitchen garden, a sunken garden, sedum roof and also green facades. The project aims to explore the functionality of vegetated facades and green spaces on the roofs of apartment buildings, to gain important insight into the impacts building-integrated greening may have on housing.
The award-jury motivation for the award:
”The Greenest of the green is a clear example of the multifunctionality and importance of urban green infrastructure, not only in the manifested project but also through the process of involvement during the development of the building. The project goes further than most other projects with its ambitions to include several different vegetation systems with different functions and goals. It is a brave and enthusiastic project that includes contemporary ideas about how green buildings can be designed and built at the same time as setting an environmental benchmark for the future.”
Quotations from the winners:
“The project has been a great challenge. It has offered a good possibility to test and develop a ‘green concept’ in housing, of which we are getting valuable information in the long run. We want to be among those who bring nature to the city and gain insight into how vegetation affects the comfort of living. The feedback we have got from the residents tells that we are on the right track – there is a need for these kinds of projects in dense city centers. If the municipalities will take this kind of construction into account in their urban planning policies, we are ready to continue green building. The experiences we gain from The Greenest of the Green block help us to find suitable and economically efficient procedures.” - Managers of the TA-Companies
“One of the themes of the Finland 100 years celebration was ‘The Finnish happiness lives in the forest’. For us, who live in the city, the roof garden of the Greenest of the Green offers a possibility for this recreation whenever one feels like it. A big thanks for the designers and constructors!” - A family living in the block
About the award
Green roofs are a key elements in the development of dense urban areas with green qualities. As such they can have an impact on urban storm water runoff, urban heat and climate change mitigation.The Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association’s (SGIA) annual green roof award is given to recognize excellence in the field of green roofs and to inspire owners, designers and builders toward quality and innovation. This year eight roofs from all around Scandinavia were nominated. Beside the winning project, 79&Park (Stockholm, Sweden) was awarded the 2nd place and Herlev Ny Hospital (Herlev, Dennark) was the 3rd place winner.
For more information from the SGIA annual award, please contact Tanja Hasselmark Mason at the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute: firstname.lastname@example.org
or +46 (0)72 301 00 66