Sky Garden has helped in a collaboration with the Architect E2 Architecture, AN Haplin and the client win the Guardians 2014 Eco Home award. From the outset we became aware this was not a ‘normal’ green roof project. The desire to have differing materials and look to each roof gave our technical team both a nice problem to solve and a blank canvas to let their design ideas flow.
The upper roof is a biodiverse roof that improves the efficiency of the PV panels through the cooler environment it provides. The nectar rich plants provide pollen for hungry insects and the deeper substrate provides a great amount of water capture.
The lower roof is a turf roof for aesthetic and recreational roof with a planter surround.
This modernist, detached house is tucked in the grounds of a grade II* listed garden pavilion in south east London. "The Pavilion is a completely environmental house, responding to its local and global context and climate," says Sam Cooper, director of E2 Architecture and Interiors
The home is a split-level courtyard house set low in the middle of the site. It employs Passivhaus principles – an energy performance standard developed in Germany that demands excellent thermal design, and has exceptional airtight and mechanical ventilation.