Hills at Vallco, Cupertino Shopping Mall

Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino, Architecture, Largest Green Roof in the World

Hills at Vallco

Cupertino Shopping Mall, California, USA – design by Rafael Viñoly, architect

19, 18 + 15 Sep 2015

Hills at Vallco in Cupertino

Largest Green Roof in the World
Design: Rafael Viñoly, architect with OLIN Landscape Architects

Proposal to convert an ageing shopping centre in California’s Silicon Valley into a vast development featuring the world’s largest roof garden.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

The plan is to develop the Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino into a mixed-use development featuring a 30-acre (12 hectare) green roof.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

The Hills at Vallco Scheme would occupy a 50-acre (20 hectare) site in the heart of Silicon Valley between Apple’s One Infinite Loop headquarters and the Foster+Partners-designed Apple Campus 2, reports Dezeen.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

The Hills at Vallco development features a 30-acre community park and nature preserve, which will not only be the largest community park in Cupertino, but also the largest green roof in the world, said a statement from Sand Hill Property Company, the developer behind the $3 billion (£2 billion) scheme.
The undulating green roof – designed to buffer the partial residential scheme from neighbouring industrial estates – would be crossed by a 3.8-mile network of walking trails. Vineyards and orchards, an amphitheater, playgrounds and banks of native planting to attract local wildlife would also be hosted on the roof.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

Up to 800 apartments, 185,000 sqm of office space and a new shopping centre containing a cinema, bowling lanes, an ice rink and gym are intended to site below the green roof.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

The development would take the place of the existing Vallco Shopping Malls, which has recently seen the closure of key brands Macy’s and Sears, while its lower level has been closed for over a decade. Sand Hill acquired the site from its four separate owners earlier this year.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

Plans for the scheme will be submitted to the City of Cupertino in the coming weeks and a public consultation is currently running on The Hills at Vallco website.

Silicon Valley green roof by Rafael Vinoly

The Uruguayan architect also designed the 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in New York, which is scheduled to complete later in 2015. Rafael Viñoly is the architect behind London’s controversial Walkie Talkie building.

Rafael Viñoly architect

Address: Vallco Shopping Mall, 10123 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States
Phone: +1 408-777-3081

Website: London


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