Video & Project of the Week for October 13, 2014: The Cloak – Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport

October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 10/13/14


‘The Cloak’ – Te Kaitaka –
Auckland International Airport
The District, Auckland, New Zealand
2,250 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The District is New Zealand’s ultimate business location in the heart of the growing urban environment at Auckland International Airport, offering the ability to work, play, rest, shop, dine, and fly. Fearon Hay Architects were selected to create a flexible space for hosting events and meetings plus introduce the strategy and opportunities behind the developing precinct. ‘The Cloak,’ or Te Kaitaka in Maori, is a 208m2 greenroof meeting a copper mesh ‘cloak’ screen shrouding two walls of the showcase building positioned in the centre of the airport’s new business district.

The contoured living greenroof was established over a shaped engineered timber frame, providing the shoulders from which an encircling and distinctive woven mesh screen forms, creating The Cloak. With some roof faces up to 30 degree pitch, the greenroof application in an exposed location required technical design expertise and LiveRoof‘s pre-vegetated 150mm deep extensive system was selected by Stormwater360. Working with engineers to develop a lateral support system on the 20+ degree roof faces, they used mechanically fixed perforated aluminum ‘Roof Edge’ to support the loads. Plant selection to match Fearon Hay’s brief as well as sustain the steep slopes and windy conditions was also a technical task. This was achieved using a selection of pre-trialed native New Zealand grasses, groundcovers and sedum plants pre-grown in the LiveRoof® modules for a four month period prior to installation. The architecture of ‘The Cloak’ – Te Kaitaka – demonstrates innovative design and sustainable operation.

Year: 2013
Owner: Auckland Airport
Location: The District, Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Aviation
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,250 sq.ft.
Slope: 38%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Designer: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof® Supplier: Stormwater360 New Zealand
Grower: Stormwater360
Installation: Stormwater360
Growing Medium: LiveRoof™ by Stormwater360 New Zealand
Architect: Fearon Hay Architects
Structure: Mott MacDonald, Warner Brunton
Fabricator ‘Cloak Fabrication & Installation’: Cameron McAuley & Justin Groves, Design Productions
General Contractor: Brian Hutton & Rob Anderson, Alaska Construction Ltd.
Project Manager: Bruce McDonald & Lisa Bryan, RCP Ltd.


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~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for October 6, 2014: One Central Park

October 8, 2014 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 10/06/14


One Central Park
Sydney, Australia
12,917 sf. Greenroof & Greenwalls


Project Description & Details

Designed by Jean Nouvel with collaborating architect PTW, Sydney’s new urban renewal and development project is Central Park in the Central Business District, spanning 5.8 hectares. Previously located on an industrial site, the mixed use development encompasses retail, commercial, residential, and community spaces including the huge public park in its center. Social and environmental initiatives underpin One Central Park‘s unique design with parkland where there previously was none; now approximately 64,000 square meters of landscaped areas, including the spectacular vertical gardens designed by Patrick Blanc, have become a significant contribution to the area and a worthy ‘new southern gateway’ to Sydney’s CBD.

The innovative two towers feature ground-breaking architectural elements including the 42-meter cantilevered Sky Garden / Heliostat with 320 glittering reflectors below the 100 meter high greenroof, plus the highest greenwalls currently in the world at 150 meters high. The vertical gardens use Patrick Blanc’s hydroponic Le Mur Vegetal system, interspersed in 23 various sized panels across the facades of the two towers, spanning over 1000 square meters. Also, Jakob Rope Systems trellising from planter boxes were placed all around the building, encompassing about 7 kilometers for climbers and trailing plants. Plants chosen needed to be able to withstand great drying winds and strong sun on top to more shade on the lower areas close to the street. 350 different species of plants were used in the green walls alone, including 250 native Australian species.

Year: 2013
Owner: Frasers Property & Sekuisi House
Location: Sydney, Australia
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Living Walls, Green Facades & Greenroof
System: Custom
Size: 12,917 sq.ft.
Slope: 100% and 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Design Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Architect of Record: PTW Architects
Greenwall Designer: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Vegetal (Vertical Garden)
Wire Trellis System: Jakob Rope Systems
Jakob Rope Systems Supplier/Design & Installation: Tensile Design & Construct
Light Artist: Yann Kersale
Construction: Watpac
Photography/Images: Patrick Blanc, Jean Nouvel & via Frasers Property & Sekuisi House: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for October 3, 2014: ZinCo USA

October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

New feature on!

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


ZinCo Group is the international pioneer and market leader in designing and manufacturing environmentally smart green roof systems for high density urban areas.

ZinCoUSA-logoSince their inception in 1957, ZinCo has led the industry’s growth and advancement by developing environmentally smart solutions that reduce urban heat island effect and improve storm water management. The project goals of the ZinCo Technical Department are to provide top quality in all components, generate innovative ideas for architectural visions, and develop customized solutions for attractive designs in roof landscapes. Their award winning products and systems help clients develop stunning landscapes that are earth-friendly by conserving energy and producing cleaner air and water in urban areas.

ZinCo is fully committed to maximizing the economic, environmental and public health benefits of green roof systems. Their holistic approach to promoting green roof utilization includes: technical and horticultural research, developing standards in partnership with industry associations and sponsoring annual international conferences to build public awareness and education.

Based in Germany, ZinCo has offices in over 17 countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. They install over 15 million square feet of green roof systems annually on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional buildings. Their lightweight, durable green roof systems leverage German-engineered technology to imitate the beauty of nature and deliver superior environmental and economic benefits to building owners and communities all over the world.


For more detailed information about ZinCo USA, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

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~ Linda V. Announces the “2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

As you know, Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I as publisher (and ASLA, LEED AP and GRP) annually compile our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.” And I have the pleasure of inaugurating this year’s Top 10 Hot List in Sydney, Australia at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 held on October 8 – 10, 2014. is also proud to share the Top 10 List at the upcoming 12th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November, 2014 where both Haven and I will be presenting.

Now in our 8th year of creating the Top 10 Hot Trends List, the potential and demand for greening of the ubiquitous 5th façade of a building continues to skyrocket across the design profession – in addition to covering walls with dripping vegetation. As usual in our quest for optical arousal, we’ll begin our fast and furious foray into the greenroof and greenwall world with spectacular Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs & Walls’ – those projects which are just too unique to fit into a standardized grouping. This year we’ll be spotlighting New York City as a leader in industry construction and promotion, highlighting projects such as the Empire State Building, Via Verde, and the awesome High Line, among fabulous others.

Continuing our popular new category from 2013: “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design,” we’ll showcase the work of three outstanding international ground breaking leaders pushing the limits in our field.


Designs in vogue on’s radar for 2014 include “Sculptural Architecture,” where the structure itself is a piece of art – such as the guitar-inspired Nashville Music City Center whose roof mimics the rolling hills of Tennessee, and “Greenroofs with an Edge,” where the laws of physics are pushed over the edge or to their limits – such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped greenroofed Hypar Pavilion.  We will celebrate the academics, including high tech offerings such as Pollution Reducing Skyscrapers to Generate Biofuel from a UK Master student and Bio Photovoltaic Panel greenwalls from a university in Spain which produce energy from bacteria in the growing media – as well as cultural progressives including King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Saudi Arabia and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.  We’ll be examining “Meditation Stations” – creating sustainable rooftop spaces for relaxing and socializing and “The Facebook Effect” – the influence of online and social media for marketing new projects which have jump-started such successful start-up ventures as Brooklyn Grange.

Finally, we’ll showcase “Vertical Garden Towers & Cities,” featuring spectacular towering concepts and projects in progress in the sky from around the world.

The Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2014:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs &  Greenwalls’

9) The Facebook Effect: The influence of Online & Social Media

8) Treatment Facilities Cleaning Up with Green

7) Greenroofs with an the Edge

6) Celebrating the Academics & World Culture Progressives

5) Sculptural Architecture

4) Meditation Stations: Sustainable Relaxing & Socializing

3) The Green Apple: New York City

2) The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
Safdie Architects, Patrick Blanc & Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1) Vertical Garden Towers & Cities: Biophilia Meets Avant-Garde Architecture

See the September 30, 2014 Press Release here.

Stay tuned for specifics regarding’s third Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, where you will learn from experts about what’s trending for 2015 and beyond.

Aramis and I are off to Sydney followed by Auckland in a couple of days, so we’ll be a little inactive for about three weeks!

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.