Thammasat Green Roof Posted on March 12, 2020 (July 16, 2021) by Admin Futurarc Years2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 FuturArc Webinar Series Survey FAQ FuturArc App Demo Video 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Showcase / 1st Quarter 2020 Thammasat Green Roof by Nanticha Ocharoenchai; Kotchakorn Voraakhom A landscape architecture masterpiece with cascading layers of planters and terraces hugging a mountain form that is Asia’s largest urban green roof (22,000 square metres), alongside massive retention ponds, beautifully combines form and function to present a possible solution to Asia’s climate and food crises. Row 1: The urban farm mimics traditional rice terraces of the land. Row 2: The green roof reduces heat gain and produces solar energy. Row 3: Water managing concept diagrams The integrated design of Thammasat University’s (TU) urban farming green roof is a demonstrative model that incorporates modern landscape architecture with traditional agricultural ingenuity, creating a green roof that supplies organically grown food; public space; clean solar energy; and a closed loop system of water management. Essentially, it seeks to provide an adaptation prototype and an all-in-one solution across Thailand and Southeast Asia to mitigate the effects of climate change and extreme urbanisation such as flooding, food shortage and shrinking farmable, fertile land. CLAIMING BACK RANGSIT’S PADDY FIELDS AND FARMING PRACTICES The form of the building, developed from the H-shaped floor plan, gave the green roof its mountain form with a massive farming/garden space (7,000 square metres) covering the upper part. Mimicking the traditional rice terraces of the land, the green roof’s cascading farm levels form a detention lawn that slows down run-off and absorbs rainwater—both for up to 20 times more than a normal concrete rooftop—and stores it while using it to grow food. The plants hold the soil together, and any run-off is filtered through each layer of soil and later stored in the four retention ponds that can collect up to 11,718 cubic metres of water for rooftop irrigation and future use. The green roof’s vegetable terraces also filter rainwater through several layers of plants and soil before it leaves the site and reaches residential water sources and marine ecosystems. Adapted from text by Nanticha Ocharoenchai; Kotchakorn Voraakhom Project NameThammasat Green Roof LocationThammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Bangkok, Thailand Completion Date10 December 2019 Green Roof Area22,000 square metres Urban Farming Area7,000 square metres Solar Roof Area3,565 square metres Public Space Area7,000 square metres Service and Utility Area4,435 square metres Building Area60,000 square metres Client/OwnerThammasat University Landscape and Green Roof DesignerLANDPROCESS (Kotchakorn Voraakhom) Architecture FirmArsom Slip Institute of the Arts Structural EngineerDegree System Co., Ltd System EngineerTPM Consultants Co., Ltd ContractorCM49 Images/PhotosLANDPROCESS Women in Architecture: FuturArc Interview Kotchakorn Voraakhom Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand. Her focus is on building productive Green public spaces that tackle climate change in dense, urban areas and climate-vulnerable communities. She is CEO and Founder of Landprocess and Porous City Network, as well as the chairwoman of Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects, World (IFLA World). Click here to read the interview To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues. Previously Published Showcase No items found Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.