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.
Watch the 2014 season premiere episode Temple of Adventure and the living wall reveal at A Treehouse Full of Adventure is Revealed on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.
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:
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection, Inc.
Installation: Plant Connection, Inc.
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