Architect Rafael Vinoly Designs Largest Roof Garden in the World

By: | September 22nd, 2015

Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly and his firm Rafael Vinoly Architects, with offices in TriBeCa, New York City, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu Dhabi and Buenos Aires, have designed a large number of high profile buildings. These include the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the Tokyo International Forum, Raffles City in Bahrain, Jongno Tower in Seoul and dozens more across the globe over his long and illustrious career. IndustryTap wrote about Vinoly’s work on 432 Park Avenue earlier this year.

Vinoly, now 71, has a career stretching back to the early 1960’s. Each decade since he has been busy bringing his signature combination of architecture, design and engineering to all corners of the globe. A more extensive list of Vinoly’s projects can be found here or on his website.

The Hills of Vallco & the Largest Roof Garden on the Planet

Rafael Vinoly recently teamed with the OLIN Studio in a $3 billion project to replace the Vallco shopping mall in Cupertino California, in Silicon Valley, which has been on a downward slope, failing for years. The project will transform the site into a community park and nature preserve with the largest green roof in the world.

According to the plan the roof will feature a 3.8 mile trail through vineyards, orchards, gardens, an amphitheaterr and a playground.

The project also includes plans for 800 apartments, 185,000 square feet of office space and a new shopping center with recreational features including bowling lanes, a cinema, a gym and an ice rink.

The following is a short slideshow of some of Vinoly’s most well known works:

David Russell Schilling

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