Church Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Receives Green Renovation

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Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) had designed the First Unitarian Society Meeting House, in Madison, Wisconsin back in 1951.  In keeping with the famous architect’s philosophy of organic architecture, the design of the church makes it seem like it is an integral part of nature.  Wright incorporated ‘green’ design elements and building materials, such as locally-quarried limestone for the church’s structure.

Recently, some green renovations, repairs, and an addition of a 500-seat auditorium and large community space were seemlessly integrated into the national historic landmark building.  The sustainable design components include: 

  • An 81,000 sq ft vegetated roof, along with 5,600 sq ft of highly reflective roof surface to reduce summer solar heat gain.
  • Roof overhangs for sun control.
  • Super-insulated roof and walls.
  • Recycled and locally-sourced building materials.
  • Bicycle storage spaces, along with showering facilities.

Here is a picture of part of the addition.
Photo by Motorrad-67

Tag(s): Green Building, The Great Green Outdoors


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