The Ayala Terraces Cebu garden is so beautiful at night. The 4-level structure
is equipped with clestories, windows that prevent the entry of direct sunlight into the mall
Ayala Land, as part of its ongoing sustainability campaign, has integrated varieties of green roofing systems onto its newest malls and mall annexes. Greenbelt 5, TriNoma, Market! Market!, and Ayala Center Cebu's the Terraces, are all equipped with green roofs.
Honestly, most mall goers probably won't notice that the roofs of their favorite malls are environmentally friendly unless they find out from another source. It just all looks so natural to the naked eye. Nevertheless, these green roofs are useful, and more than just pleasing to the eye.
Greenbelt 5's roof garden provides a splash of green amidst a sea of grey.
For example, the roof garden on top of Greenbelt 5 effectively helps lower mall temperature indoors. This leads to less energy consumption when running the air conditioning system, and more savings on the part of Ayala. Also, roof gardens also absorb rainwater, lessening the chance of flooding in nearby areas.
TriNoma is green both inside and out. The roof allows sunlight to enter
while keeping the heat from coming in.
Green roofs, like the one in TriNoma can also be used for activities like photo shoots and special dinners.Thus, it can serve as a source for extra income as well. Indeed, more mall and building owners - and maybe even homeowners - should follow the example of Ayala Land, and experiment with eco-friendly technologies like green roofs.
Hyroponics roof garden photo taken from www.cityfarmer.info
Maybe they can plant herbs using hydroponics, the method of growing plants using mineral nutrients instead of soil. Modern green roofs are now lightweight, so they can be safely integrated onto existing roofs. Definitely something to think about before engaging in your next architectural project.