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Video & Project of the Week for June 2, 2014: Plaza Delicias Vertical Garden

on June 6, 2014 at 7:58 am under Project of the Week: 6/02/14

Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square)
Vertical Garden

Zaragoza, Spain
14,316 sf Greenwalls


Project Description & Details

After a demolished building left unsightly flank walls facing a small empty lot in a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Zaragoza, the Residents’ Association of Delicias garnered support for revitalization of the site. The public plaza needed to provide multiple benefits including offering a meeting place for the community as well as a space for leisure and integration and association with much desired nature: a 20-meter high vertical garden was the answer.

A metaphor for a tree, the concept, design and development of the custom metal hanging garden was lead by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, which took over 10 years. The conceptual genesis expands the Plaza Delicias in a tight urban space by developing a vertical garden of 500 linear meters of different heights with various accesses and platforms for activities forming over 800 m2 of landscaping elements, in addition to 530 m2 of plants located at the Plaza Delicias street level. Multi-level accessible vegetated ramps ascend up to almost 15 meters high with a “botanical route” encompassing 84 different plants. The routes crisscross the height of the plaza’s space as if they were tree branches sprouting out from the trunk.

Year: 2008
Owner: City of Zaragoza
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Size: 14,316 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Concept & Management: Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer
Project Development: Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. and Lázaro & Isabel Vela of Jardinería Vela, S.L.
Structural Engineer: Pérez Benedicto & Ingemetal
Engineering Facilities: Inpro Estudios y Proyectos
Coordination/Management: Jaime Crespí & Miguel Angel Herrero, Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura
Construction: DGP, Dirección Gestión y Promoción, S.L. & SACYR, S.A.
Conceptual Collaboration/Participation: Asociación Vecinos del Barrio de Delicias “Manuel Viola”

Read much more at the June, 2014 Guest Feature Article by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer entitled “Vertical Garden in Delicias, Zaragoza: A Naturalised Hanging Garden Plaza.”

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