Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/18/14
Treehouse Masters Temple Residence
Pleasant Mount, PA, USA
117 sf. Greenwall
Project Description & Details
Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet is a show where host Pete Nelson designs treehouses for those with a passion to reconnect with nature. When they decided that a living wall would be a great addition for an upcoming adventure-themed jungle treehouse for the Temple Residence located in the Poconos, they researched living wall companies and selected Plant Connection and their G-O2 system. The main purpose of the living wall was to add design, beauty, and uniqueness to the house.
The living wall designer, Sabrina Buttitta of Plant Connection, hand-selected the plant palette to not only be bold with texture, but also still harmonize with its setting. Drawing on inspiration from the surrounding landscape and the adventure/jungle theme, the shape of a gnarly tree was sculpted out. The trunk/branches are Coral Bells, the “canopy” is Autumn Fern with some Japanese Forest Grass, and Ivy was planted along the bottom to represent the undulating landscape, with a horizon line of Spurge to symbolize the creek below. The access was definitely unique as materials were brought across a ravine and Plant Connection used a pump jack, basically a narrow platform, that had to be pumped up and down on stations using their feet to move along the wall. The producers wanted Pete to be hands-on and was included in all aspects of the installation, from hanging the mounting brackets to hanging the actual panels and installing the irrigation.
Owner: Temple Family
Location: Pleasant Mount, PA, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 117 sq. ft.
Access: Inaccessible, Private
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
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