How To Put A Building In Public Space: Put A Green Roof On It

Images credit Iwan Baan

I have previously complained that green roofs have become a form of greenwashing, used to put buildings where they shouldn't be by pretending to blend into the green environment surrounding it. But Diller Scofidio + Renfro's (with FXFOWLE) Hypar Pavilion in the North Plaza of Lincoln Center in New York is different: It is a green oasis. The President of the Center claimed it would help "to bring some green to our campus and soften the monumentality of our buildings." And it does.

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The architects accomplish the difficult task of building a free-standing restaurant in the middle of the public space by creating a tilted hyperbolic paraboloid roof that meets the ground at one corner, turning it into a lush, green 7200 square foot tilted park that maintains the same amount of public space and actually improves it.

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Elizabeth Diller explains:

"Hypar Pavilion's moment of invention came when we discovered how to design a destination restaurant without consuming public space on the Lincoln Center campus. The roof became a new kind of interface between public and private, with an occupiable twisting grass canopy over a glass pavilion restaurant."

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Architectural reviewers have raved, but food reviewers have not, complaining that it felt more like the Starship Enterprise than a restaurant. But the exterior is another demonstration of how green roofs continue to change architecture, and this one gets it right. More images at DesignBoom and DSMY

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