FAÇADE DESIGN: LIANOU CHALVATZIS ARCHITECTS THE ORBIT is a 42,000 sqm, 9 storey office building. It is a regeneration project, transforming an existing structure, into a contemporary fresh tech-hub urban campus, aiming to revitalize the area by making a positive contribution to the site and its surroundings. The façade design, consists an iconic design embedding environmental-responsible properties and energy-efficiencies into its architecture, making the building the first building in Greece, acquiring LEED Platinum v4.0. The existing structure consisted of 2 wings. The concept was to bridge the existing wings and create one unified building, while maximizing the floor plate. The new design introduces a central bridge, connecting both wings, while serving as a vertical circulation core. At the West side, three double height Sky-bridges are created, overlooking a public park. The façade, connects and unifies all elements and is consisted from the white striations made of white pollution-resistant aluminum-composite panels. These white ribbons run-along the building, creating an iconic silhouette, while they provide solar shading, protecting the interiors from the local hot climate. The façade offers extensive horizontal and vertical plantation areas, easing the lack of green areas of the neighborhood, due to high urban density. The white fins, consist an advanced integrated system combining various subsystems and embedding the custom-made planters and irrigation system, the drainage network of the building, the maintenance deck with lifeline and the façade lighting. At the pre-existing fire-escape staircases, the façade folds-back, forming a staggering effect pattern, creating a 2,000sqm area of vertical gardens, offering to the neighboring building, garden views. Combining the façade plantation, the vertical gardens, the sky and roof gardens, we reach the 90% of the plot area to be green. The building has become a landmark, that inspires and provides exciting views and experiences, while setting in ‘Orbit’ of regeneration all areas around it. The project achieved the LEED Core & Shell Platinum certification, by implementing energy efficient and sustainable strategies embedded into its design approach.