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  • April 26, 2016

The 2016 Durabilys Award for the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

  • Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium green roof.
Photo: Espace pour la vie (Raymond Jalbert)

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium recently won the 2016 Durabilys Award for its green roofs. The excellence award was bestowed by the Canada Green Building Council–Québec and presented to the team of Fauteux et associés architectes paysagistes, the firm behind this extraordinary landscaping.

The architecture of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium has won a string of awards, and the building recently achieved LEED Platinum certification. Among the building’s many technical innovations worth mentioning, the green roof ranks high. It grows partly on an extremely light soil-free substratum and covers not only the building but also the concrete roof over the former Olympic Stadium parking lots. Porous pavement allows for the percolation and storage of rainwater, then controlled irrigation of greenery. It comprises a great diversity of plants, from grassy ground cover to shrubs and even trees.

Above and beyond the added vegetation and the technical feats accomplished, this landscaping transforms a site that previously had no greenery to boast of into a true space for life!

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