Ikea offers another example of the burgeoning greenery-covered architecture trend with its recently-revealed store planned for Austria.
Representing a significant departure from the bland warehouses often associated with the furniture giant, the building will be covered in approximately 160 trees.kea Vienna Westbahnhof is designed by local firm Querkraft Architekten and will be located in central Vienna.
It will measure 21,600 sq m (232,500 sq ft) and feature a grid-like design likened to an oversized bookshelf.The conceptual idea of the architecture is based on a grid symbolizing a bookshelf, the green, flexibility, light and simplicity,” explains the press release.
“The transparent, welcoming building embraces daylight, works in harmony with the surroundings and adds an ‘outside-in’ approach. The facade grid allows a change of open and closed facade elements and takes care that trees can grow on every level. On every facade there will be vertical walls as well as open and light window spaces and light-flooded sections/areas.”