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Viñoly reveals plans for world’s largest green roof

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Rafael Viñoly has revealed plans for a 30 acre rooftop community park and nature reserve in Cupertino, California

The $3 billion scheme will replace a failing shopping mall in the Silicon Valley hotspot with a new neighbourhood featuring shops, restaurants, 185,800m² offices, and housing topped with an expansive green roof.

The Vallco Shopping Mall, which sits between Apple’s Norman Foster-designed HQ and its second campus, has been in decline for a number of years and its lower level has been shuttered off for more than a decade.  

The revamp, which has been masterplanned by Rafael Vinoly Architects, has been designed to be more family-friendly and will also include housing above the shops with 680 apartments, 80 affordable homes, and 40 flats for older people.

The 15 blocks of building will be covered with a large green roof. Billed as the largest in the world, it will feature a 3.8 mile jogging track, vineyards, orchards, an amphitheatre, and children’s play areas.  

Vinoly, who is also working on Silicon Valley’s New Stanford Hospital, is working with the landscape architects for the Apple Campus 2, Olin Landscape Architects on the huge job.

Reed Moulds, managing director, for Sand Hill Property, said: ‘The Hills at Vallco will become the heart of an emerging downtown, with an authentic sense of place, connection, innovation and beauty, and a level of vibrancy and sustainability not yet experienced in Silicon Valley.’

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  • Susan James

    Isn't this very ambitious (unrealistic?) in such a water challenged state? (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/27/silicon-valley-california-water-drought-technology)

    Sue James

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