Architecture Environmental

Center for Sustainable Landscapes Building

I wish I had visited the website for Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscaping before visiting the building.  You can find that here. The building facade was elegantly detailed in perfect right angles, deep overhangs, and simple brise-soleils, but so much of the design though was hidden. We walked through without interruption or direction from anyone. It was a quiet day onsite here as compared to the spring show next door.




The Phipps’s website offers many diagrams that make one appreciate the

‘Living Building.’




The type of insulation within the walls was something new to me. It’s a phase change material on top of the insulation. The ice pack look to the plastic covering acts in a way similar to how it feels. It absorbs a temperature, and can contain heat or coolness, much like ice can in freezing conditions. Interesting!




~  Reclaimed wood material ~


Architectural Record’s New Life for the American City article highlighted this building as apart of the Pittsburgh spread.

Courtesy of Andropogon - Arch Record

See the article centered on the Phipps building here.

2 replies on “Center for Sustainable Landscapes Building”

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honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the road. All the best

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