The Barnes Museum and the Art of the Green Roof
Contributed by Jane Winkel
The 13,000 sf green roof on the newly opened Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, is a compliance green roof intended to satisfy the Philadelphia Water Department’s stormwater management requirements. Established with pre-grown Sedum mats which were interplanted with perennials, the simple, un-irrigated extensive green roof is unusual because of its ability to support flowering plants in a thin un-irrigated assembly. Throughout the spring and summer Achillea, Talinum, Dianthus, and Phlox will provide a progression of color through the green carpet.
Designed by Roofmeadow and installed by G.R.A.S.S. (a Roofmeadow Network contractor) the green roof lays on a roof which protects a priceless and historic art collection. The collection, relocated to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from its original home in Lower Marion Township, is a destination for art lovers and tourists intent on seeing Dr. Albert Barnes’ impeccable selection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings.
Not just a stormwater management device, the green roof is in harmony with the striking minimal architecture designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. Olin Partnership designed “The Garden” for the gallery. EDA Contractors (a Roofmeadow Network Contractor) provided the waterproofing. Roofmeadow Certified green roof media was provided by SkyGarden.