The Materials Book

The Secret of the Garden: Plants can protect a building—and provide a habitat for small animals Incorporating local flora into a structure’s design can dramatically increase sustainability. In Europe, leafy vines cool buildings in the summer but allow warming sun to hit a facade in the winter. In this Korean project, bamboo serves as an architectural enclosure redolent of medieval Asian ink paintings. It acts as a sound- and light- buffering screen, ensures privacy, and improves the microclimate via evaporation and shading. And by providing a habitat for birds and other small animals, it eases the strain of urbanization. Example: Bamboo plantings, seen in Mass Studies HQ, Seoul Contributed by: Minsuk Cho, South Korea 354