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Video & Project of the Week for October 20, 2014: Geyser Green Wall

on October 22, 2014 at 10:00 am under Project of the Week: 10/20/14

Geyser Green Wall
Auckland, New Zealand
323 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

New Zealand’s first six-star green rated building, the Geyser building takes its inspiration from the country’s thermally active geography and is built on sustainable design principles with a very original blend of horticultural innovation and aesthetics. Designed for Samson Corporation in Auckland’s Parnell, this multi- tenanted, mixed use development is the latest in a series of landmark urban courtyard developments designed by Patterson Associates. Each of the sub-buildings is wrapped in a dynamic, semi-reflective white twin walled facade, which opens and closes in order to moderate the tenants’ thermal environment.

Designed by Natural Habitats and Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company, the two-storied exterior hydroponic green wall is a prominent courtyard feature. Planted with 20 NZ native species including several that are rare and endemic, light loving plants were positioned at the top and cool shade species at the bottom. In total there were 2,086 plants used, many which are not typically used in landscaping, including the rare Jovellana sinclairii. Geyer’s Green Wall has an automated system where irrigation from harvested rain water was built into the modular panels, which have a 25 year structural lifespan. Important factors of the building for Natural Habitats were intelligent design, tenant desirability, quality of construction and minimized maintenance programs. Among others, the Geyser Green Wall recently received the Premier Award for ‘Best Commercial Project’ and ‘Best Special Feature’ at the 2014 NZ Landscapes of Distinction Awards.

Year: 2011
Owner: Samson Corporation
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 323 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Patterson Architects
Greenwall Designer: Natural Habitats and Mark Paul of The Greenwall Company, Australia
Modular Greenwall System: Natural Habitats


Project of the Week Video Feature

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