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Greenwall Project of the Week for April 22, 2013: Scala Shopping

on April 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm under  Project of the Week: 4/22/13

Scala Shopping
Quito, Ecuador

10,764 sf. Greenwalls

Scala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano ©

Project Description & Details

Located on approximately 4 hectares encompassing 160 commercial establishments and providing 2,000+ parking spaces, Scala Shopping is a new three-story upscale retail center in Quito, Ecuador. The city and developer sought a modern shopping destination where it was possible to have fun in a safe and secure setting, and generate employment and sound economic development.

A series of 9 hydroponic living walls totaling 1,000 m2 was installed from the Spanish firm Paisajismo Urbano. The developers felt that adding vertical gardens would promote the union of man and nature, inviting clients to take care of nature and help mitigate the shopping mall’s considerable carbon footprint. Approximately 30,000 plants of 90 different species were used – 60 of them native to the area. It is estimated that per year the vegetation on the facades of Scala Shopping will produce oxygen for 1,000 people and that all together the vertical ecosystems can capture about 300 tons of harmful greenhouse gases.

Year: 2012
Owner: Grupo Promotor Inmodiamante S.A.
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 10,764 sq. ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Scala Shopping; Photo Courtesy of Paisajismo Urbano ©

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Botanist & Designer: Ignacio Solano, Paisajismo Urbano
Living Wall System: Paisajismo Urbano ©
Paisajismo Urbano © Supplier/Distributor: Greenstar
Installation: Paisajismo Urbano and Greenstar
Maintenance: Greenstar

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