June 17, 2012

8 photos of most impressive green roof building at Floriade 2012

Last week I’ve visited Floriade, an international flower exhibition hosted in Netherlands every 10 years. Each time the expo is in different location - this year it’s in Venlo (close to German and Belgian border), southern part of Netherlands, 50 km away from Eindhoven.

Today’s photos show my completely subjective choice of best and most green designed pavilion at Floriade – Belgian Pavillion. Have a look and judge by yourself.

Looking at 500 photos I took last weekend at Floriade and thinking what to show you first, I’ve decided to share with you this uniquely designed pavilion with amazing green roof.

From April 5 through October 7, the city of Venlo turned 163 acres of land into a garden and flower festival.
You can discover stunning mosaics created out of flowers, attend educational activities - perfect place to bring children with you.  There is also 5 themed worlds and more than 100 gardens and pavilions with unique flowers and plants from around the world - lot’s of inspiration.

As the Floriade website says "Everywhere you go there is something new and surprising to discover. Together we will make Floriade 2012 a world of fascination. Spectacular and relaxing. Educational and fun. Active and contemplative.”

The expo is expected to attract 2 million visitors.

There was only one disappointing thing. Not like in other exhibition and festivals – there is not much to buy except some souvenirs, few plants, bulbs or garden accessories. I was expecting much more in that regard as Netherlands is the capital of plant trade in Europe.
Beside that it was one full day best spend.

Some more photos will follow in next posts.

I wish you a happy weekend!!!




Laurel Stephens said...

Beautiful pavilion! Thank you for sharing.

Landbohaven said...

Jeg kom bare lige forbi.
Gode billeder.
Tak fordi du vil dele dem med os.
Ha´ en god dag.

Indie said...

Well that definitely puts my little green-roofed birdhouse to shame! Absolutely beautiful. It sounds like such a great exhibition!

Kueche und Garten said...

Thank you for sharing, looks very impressive!

Nancy said...

VERY inspirational! Love this! Can't wait to see more photos of the show too; it's great to see so many new ideas. Thanks!


Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Hi, Ewa, Good for you for getting yourself there and steeping yourself in new ideas! I'm always fascinated when folks decide to invent ways to rather live underground. More and more we will be seeing this sort of thing, though, to counter Global Warming. Thanks for spreading the word!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

stunning pictures of human endeavor to live along with plant kingdom!!

Jean @ garden said...

Wow! I am amazed in this pavilion. It is simply stunning. The person who made this is a genius.Cool!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for this! This is exactly what I was looking for
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plumbing said...

There are people that very dedicated to their crafts. They give their full time and attention to it. I can't imagine how effort they give to have this kind landscape.

Garden Health Audit said...

These are very impressive!

Ibukun said...

These are very beautiful pictures.. What an amazing scenery. Thanks for sharing!!

arie w said...

very beautifully..it's ...wow it's give me some idea for my garden after saw the image

Sierra said...

Haha! I understand your disappointment, but if I had the chance to be there, I’d really be happy to take home some of their souvenirs. I mean, being able to go to the Belgian Pavilion and see their mesmerizing green roof and gardens is already so much of an accomplishment. I wouldn’t really ask for more. ^^ You are so fortunate to have that experience, Ewa. I wish I could too.

Sierra Nordgren

Summer Houses said...

wow those photos are impressive! Kind of puts the garden shed to shame lol, perhaps when I finally move into my new house I can try to create something like that :)

Kip said...

Awesome green roof is AWESOME! I love the slightly curved roof concept. It made the pavilion look more interesting and extraordinary. I wonder what plants were grown in that wide roof garden and how long it took for the gardeners or the staff to grow them. Hmm. I hope they maintain the health of the roof garden. It’s just too amazing an attraction to get rid of!

Kip Whitehead

Unknown said...

If it’s your first time to look at pictures of green roofs, you probably won’t believe that are a lot of these wonderful artificial landscapes. Isn’t it amazing? I would love to visit Floriade one day. I wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to see this awesome green roof building. Kudos to those people behind this very successful project!

Cody Charlebois

Unknown said...

Such beauty! No wonder this pavilion gathered as many as 2 million visitors. I’m sure this served as an inspiration to those who are eager to install green roofs in their homes. Ooh, I really hope they maintain the loveliness of the place and of the plants, of course.

Allyson Sunde