Hydrophile prototype by SERVO

SERVO unveils their interesting Hydrophile, a prototype proposed for a 4,000 square-meter bioscience innovation center located in the Albano region of Stockholm.
Hydrophile Prototype © SERVO

The core characteristic of Hydrophile is its hydrodynamic vegetated roof which integrates hydrodynamic properties found in the shell of the Namib Desert beetle. SERVO's idea is to reconsider the extensive green roof typology which will able to produce an occupiable roofscape characterized by immersive depth.

The particularity of these hydrodynamic properties mentioned is that these properties consist of a coalescence between formal and material which occurs at a micro scale in the shell of the beetle where hydrophilic — precisely water attracting —, and hydropobic, — and water repelling —, regions are interspersed to collect and direct the flow of water. 
The hydrophile integrates the principle of an architectural scale for the design of a hydrodynamic green roof system. The cultivation of biotopos on and through a variegated roofscape augmented with systems for filtering water through soil substrates.

Ceramics contain properties with varying degrees of porosity and surface treatments. This material is combined with a morphology of protuberant forms which purpose is to perform as hydrophilic and hydrophobic agents.

The driving points of SERVO's hydrophile prototype and its plants communities can be summed up into three elements: the substrate thicknesses, substrate design, and the roof topography and geometry. The roof typography will act to direct water to depressions where large amounts can be stored to support wet meadows or fens. The substrate thicknesses generate vegetational gradients including shrublands and meadows on thicker substrates. This system permits to dry meadows and heathland on thin substrate layers.


The particularity of this roof is based on the fact that it can be experienced from several vantage points. One can walk amidst a dense landscape of indigenous vegetation that is mixed with protuberant forms emitting water, air as well as light. The building incorporates a suspended ceiling system that pulls down to close proximity with the floor. The interior of the auditorium space and the specialized laboratory areas are designed for the cultivation of vegetation in semi climatically-controlled micro climates.

The roofscape is incorporated into a system of urban green surfaces which provide important links for the migration of species. By promoting biodiversity in the local environment, the roofscape will house and protect existing biotope structures and habitat networks.

Building Facts
Project: Hydrophile Prototype
Architects: SERVO
Project Design partners: Marcelyn Gow, Ulrika Karlsson
Project team: Jonah Friztlell
Green Roof/Ecology Consultant: Tobias Emilsson
Funded by: Vetenskapsradet (The Swedish Research Council]
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Special Thanks — KHT School of Architecture, Hanna Erixon, Kars Marcus, William Mohline
Credits: SERVO

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