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Scandinavian Green Roof Award 2017

Scandinavian Green Roof Award 2017 to two projects!

The Scandinavian Green Roof Prize for 2017 was awarded to two winners, Hauschild + Siegel Real Estate in Malmö for Ohboy, and the University of Copenhagen for the Panum Institute, Mærsk-building.
The Ohboy is a private project with a combined residential and hotel building where the relatively small roof surfaces of 300 m2 are efficiently utilized and biodiverse. The Panum Institute, Mærsk-building is a public project, impressive in both its design and size with 5 050 m2 of green roofs. The projects, although different in size, have many things in common including sustainable material use with reduction of non-sustainable plastics, impressive cuts in the runoff from the building sites , and use of biotope design for recreation and aesthetic function.

Annika Kruuse from the City of Malmö, awarded the prize to Cord Siegel and Ola Nielsen from Hauschild & Siegel and Morten Leicht Jeppsen from SLA architects (on behalf of the University of Copenhagen). The award ceremony was held at the BiodiverCity conference on the 22nd of November in Malmö.

The award-jury motivation for the award and pictures from the projects:

Oh Boy. terrace view.Foto credit SGRI

 “The green initiative at Ohboy by Hauschild + Siegel is a pioneering project setting a new standard for private developers on how to combine recreation with intense and biodiverse greenery that also manages rainwater in an outstanding way. The green roofs are brave and smart, providing benefits for the residents, the local fauna and to the whole city of Malmö.”

Panum Instittutet. Foto credit. SLA

“The green roofs at Panum Institute, Mærsk-building successfully merge large roof surfaces of 5 050 m2 with sophisticated design and replication of different Danish habitats. As a public green roof project it takes responsibility for the public good, being primarily based on recycled materials and with significant cuts in stormwater runoff for better climate adaptation in a dense urban area.”

Quotations from the winners:

”The strength and feeling in doing what was understood as impossible is well worth the effort. It is to a large extent a matter of leaving the (dryness) of the comfort zone. But it takes that everyone involved in the process are leaving the same zone of comfort at the same time, and here we have a great strength in being both architect, developer and owner of the project. No one to stop us and no one to blame. By allowing ourself to act in tentative way we also allow nature and biodiversity to yet again enter our cities, a matter of making space for the organic and allowing parts of the process to be irregular and experimental”, says Ola Nielsen, Landscape architect, Hauschild + Siegel.
“We are happy and very proud of our beautiful new oasis in the middle of Copenhagen. The SUND Campus Park is a green urban space that opens our Faculty to the world, inviting it in. The park and Maersk Tower have attracted much positive attention as a new landmark of the City”, says Dean Ulla Wewer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

“The multiple green roofs of SUND Nature Park and the Mærsk Tower are at once both integrated in the park and in the building while providing both functional and social values to the site. The green roofs help with the climate adaptation of the site through their specially designed soil layer created as self-regulated ecosystems that can handle even 100-years cloud burst events. The roofs have extremely high biodiversity with native meadow species and large trees and can be accessed both from the building and the park. Thus, the green roofs also function as lush, dynamic and social urban spaces where researchers, students and ordinary citizens can relax, meet up and enjoy central Copenhagen’s new nature park up close.”, says Stig L. Andersson, founding partner and design director, SLA.

The jury of the Scandinavian Green Roof Award consisted of board members from the Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association and the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute.

The Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association’s (SGIA) annual green roof award is given to recognize excellence in the field of green roofs and to inspire owners, designers and builders toward quality and innovation.

This year nine roofs from all around Scandinavia were nominated. Beside the two winning projects, Tak for Maten in Oslo was also a finalist and the third place winner.


The other nominated projects were Bõrnehuset Nõddehegnet (Copenhagen, Denmark), Forneu S (Snarøya, Norway), Skissernas Museum (Lund, Sweden), Rakennusbetoni- ja Elementti Oy (Hollola, Finland), Tirpitz (Blåvand, Denmark), Lahti Eliel (Lahti, Finland).


For more information and additional photos from the SGiA annual award, please contact Jonatan Malmberg at the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute:

or +46 (0)723 00 22 23

Nature Based Solutions 2017 Conference in Tallinn

Estonian EU Presidency Conference Showcased Nature-based Solutions as Innovative Means to Healthy and Sustainable Living

NBS 2017

From October 24th – 26th the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted a high-level environmental conference “Nature-based Solutions: From innovation to Common Use”. More than 400 scientists, experts and nature enthusiasts from around the world convened at Tallinn University to discuss how to best integrate solutions inspired by nature into urban environments and everyday life.

SGIA was represented at the Conference by Board members Marja Mesimäki and David Brasfield.

Nature-based solutions refers to the sustainable management and use of nature to address various environmental and social challenges. Examples of nature-based solutions include urban green spaces and wetlands, green walls and roofs, and permeable surfaces that help regulate stormwater, alleviate urban heat island effect, reduce air pollution, increase biodiversity, while also also improving overall well-being.

The conference featured several leading European policy makers and experts, including Siim Kiisler, Estonian Minister for the Enviroment, Kęstutis Navickas, Lithuanian Minister for the Enviroment, Stewart Maginnis, Global Director of Nature-based Solutions with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), Patrick Child and Joanna Drake, Deputy Director Generals in the European Commission, Lena Ek, President of Swedish forestry cooperative Södra, Marjolein Helder, CEO of Plant-E and member of the EU’s High Level Group of Innovators, and many others.

Europe is a leader in the field of nature-based solutions, possessing the necessary knowledge base, best practices, and, most importantly, political will. However, in order to better promote nature-based solutions, suitable business models that are based on sound science and viable case studies still need to be developed.

The conference “Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use”, part of the official programme of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, was organised by the Estonian Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with Tallinn University, and the European Commission.

The conference was livestreamed, and can be viewed at

Official conference website: 

For more information on EU policy on nature-based solutions, please visit


Introducing “Greenest of the Green” Project in Finland

The objective of the Greenest of the Green Block of Flats is to explore the functionality of green areas on the roofs of apartment buildings and to gain important insight into the impacts green roofs may have on housing and the sense of community.

The study covers an exceptionally extensive green development project in an apartment building located in a variable urban environment. In addition, the study looks into the effects that green areas have on, for example, urban runoff, energy efficiency, and the happiness of the residents.

The project in Jätkäsaari is a wonderful combination of research and construction: for instance, the green facades form a scientific experiment that tests how the quality of the growing medium, direction, and floor height affect the survival of the plants. Furthermore, the ways of using the various green roofs of the building are being developed through co-design in order to ensure that the future designs for green roof spaces are even better and meet the needs of the residents as well as possible.

The knowledge produced in this location will help to design better, more sustainable solutions with more environmental responsibility.

This is a dream come true -project for me“, says landscape designer, horticulturist Taina Suonio, ‘the mother of the project’. “The research group is very happy of the fact that the concepts we brought up during the first meeting, such as a meadow roof, a fruit and berry oasis, a garden of useful plants, and a butterfly feeding station, have all come true after extensive cooperation with the different stakeholders of the project“, emphasizes professor Susanna Lehvävirta, the leader of the research group.

Read more of the project here:

Fifth Dimension – Green roofs and walls in urban areas research program:


The kitchen garden is the heart of the block. Photo by Taina Suonio

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Green Roof Course 2018

The green roof course, in June 2018, is held at Augustenborg Botanical Roof Garden – one of the largest R&D facilities for extensive and semi-intensive green roofs worldwide! Some highlights of the course are a green roof tour to roof sites in our region, full scale installation of a green roof and last but not least the sharing of knowledge, thoughts and ideas at the different green roof workshops!

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