Greenroof & Greenwall Project of the Week for November 11, 2013: Orchard Central Mall

November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm Project of the Week: 11/11/13


Orchard Central Mall Greenroofs & Greenwalls

6,493 sq. ft Greenroofs & 2,207 sq. ft Greenwalls


Project Description & Details

Orchard Central Mall, situated at the junction of Orchard and Killiney Roads, is Singapore’s tallest and first vertical pure-retail mall, overcoming land area limitations with 11 storeys above ground and 2 basement levels. It boasts multiple outdoor viewing areas with a commanding view of Orchard Road, including three outdoor “green” balconies appealing to alfresco food & beverage outlets. The air-conditioned shopping street discovery walk and the rooftop garden are both accessible to the public 24 hours a day.

The rooftop garden, designed by acclaimed Japanese interior designer, Takashi Sugimato, features 3 large living walls and balcony rail on the 11th floor and 2 lower green walls on the 12th floor roof terrace. The landscape roof system, including the sub-soil drainage for the landscape roof garden and planter boxes, uses the VersiCell sub-soil drainage cells and the greenwalls consist of Vertical Greening Modules (VGM), both by Elmich. Orchard Central Mall is a winner of the Singapore Institute of Architects and National Parks Board’s Skyrise Greenery Awards in 2009.

OrchardCentralMall3Year: 2009
Owner: Far East Organization
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Building Type: Commercial

Type: Intensive Greenroof
Single Source Provider
Size: 6,493 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2,207 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: Far East Organization
Architect: DP Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore
Landscape Architect: DLQ Design Pte Ltd
Landscape Contract Owner: Nature Landscapes Pte Ltd
Green Roof and Green Wall Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Intensive Greenroof System: Elmich Landscape Roof
Modular Greenwall System: Elmich Green Wall
Rooftop Garden Design: Takashi Sugimato, Super Potato Design

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Congrats to João Feijó, Winner of “The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest!”

October 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

Congratulations to João Manuel Linck Feijó of Idealizador de Sistemas Biológicos Integrados, ATV Brasil, and Ecotelhado who recently won Green Roofs for Healthy Cities‘ The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest!”


The premise was to demonstrate how living architecture can create more resilient communities in face of climate change, resource shortages, natural disasters and environmental degradation.  The Brazilian agronomy engineer’s “Integrated Green Roof Wastewater Recycling System” is a fascinating design with lots of potential here in the U.S. and around the world.


As a matter of fact, João was one of our esteemed speakers in “The Inspiration Nook” at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, held live on February 12 through March 13, 2013 and on demand through April 13, 2013.  He spoke about his project in “Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients.” Starting in January, 2014, we will be showing one video per week, either Keynote, Panel Session, or Individual – don’t miss them!

The five finalists for “The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest” were Brien Spier, Fred M. Hunter, Jenny Hill, Bradley Klein, and João Manuel Linck Feijó.   After receiving the most votes for his entry, João Feijó won a free delegate pass to the CitiesAlive 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference, and the editor’s top picks will be published in the November (Winter 2013/2014) issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.

CitiesAlive2013-Great Community Resiliency Project Contest

As you know, the 2013 CitiesAlive Conference is this week, starting on Wednesday, October 23 -26 in gorgeous San Francisco.

GRHC: 2013 CitiesAlive in San Francisco

CitiesAlive delegate pass includes: access to all core conference programming (opening plenary and reception, technical sessions, lunch, trade show, CitiesAlive themed party at the California Academy of Sciences and the Awards of Excellence luncheon).  If you haven’t registered yet, do so here.

I really believe João’s new idea is one that can be embraced in many regions of the world!  He will, of course, be in San Francisco this week with his lovely wife Vivian (whom we met last month in Nantes).  He will love to talk to you about his winning project and how it can be implemented on a large scale.  You can also contact him directly at:

João Manuel Linck Feijó
Idealizador de Sistemas Biológicos Integrados
Rua Erechim, 330 – Porto Alegre – RS
(51) 3242.8215 / (51) 8144.7689

Happy Wastewater Recycling!

~ Linda V.

Greenwall Project of the Week for October 7, 2013: Drexel University, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB)

October 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm Project of the Week: October 7, 2013

Drexel University, Papadakis
Integrated Sciences Building (PISB)

Philadelphia, PA, USA

1,752 sq. ft Greenwall


Project Description & Details

The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building provides a gateway landmark building for Drexel University. Designed by Toronto’s Diamond and Schmitt Architects, the building is home to the Biosciences Department and is LEED Gold certified, the first building on campus to achieve LEED certification. The atrium is activated by a four-story spiral staircase that provides open, transparent and convenient connection between disciplines, faculty and students.

Currently North America’s largest living biofilter, a 22 foot wide, 80 foot high indoor air biofilter from Nedlaw Living Walls with 1500 plants is integrated into the building’s air handling system achieving an 80% air quality improvement and 30% reduction in energy consumption. The living wall biologically removes contaminants from the air through the combination of biofiltration and phytoremediation technologies. It is also designed as an integrated component of the teaching program, with faculty and staff using air ports inserted in the wall to sample and analyze the air quality.

Year: 2011
Owner: Drexel University
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,752 sq. ft
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Diamond & Schmitt Architects
Installation of Botanicals: Parker Urban Greenscapes (division of Parker Interior)
Greenwall Designer, Manufacturer & Supervisor of Installation: Nedlaw Living Walls Inc.
Installation of Infrastructure: AerDux Incorporated
Mechanical Engineering & Lighting: Crossey Engineering Ltd.

Congratulations to Diamond & Schmitt Architects!  They recently won for the Drexel University, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) in the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2013 Interior Green Wall Award, 11th Awards of Excellence program.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Announces 11th Awards of Excellence Winners

October 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

The 11th Awards of Excellence Winners Announced: Celebrating outstanding green roofs and walls across North America by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC).

“GRHC is very pleased to celebrate this year’s Awards of Excellence winners for their outstanding contributions to the world of living architecture. Everyone involved with these projects should be proud of this recognition, as over 35 of North America’s most innovative new examples of living architecture were submitted, making for very tough competition.” ~ Steven Peck, Executive Director, GRHC


Selected to evoke the theme of CitiesAlive 2013, Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture: Food – Water – Energy,” these are the 2013 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS:

Extensive Institutional Award
Project: Kauffman Performing Arts Center & District Garage, Kansas City, MO
Award Recipient: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
The green roof atop one of the most architecturally advanced arts centers in the U.S. beautifully complements the building, and is the largest stormwater detention facility in the State of Missouri.

Small-Scale Residential Award
Project: Skyhigh Residence, Fairfax, CA
Award Recipient: SYMBIOS eco-tecture
Built on a steep hillside that gives the inhabitants gorgeous views of the surrounding wildlands and nearby mountains, the Skyhigh Residence green roof offers a direct connection to the area’s ecosystem.

Exterior Green Wall Award
Project: Sam Cuddeback Assembly Wing, Drew School, San Francisco, CA
Award Recipient: ROMA Design Group
Besides being an extraordinary educational resource for the high school, this living wall brings a vibrant lushness to the public environment of the city.

Interior Green Wall Award
Project: Papadakis Integrated Science Building, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Award Recipient: Diamond Schmitt Architects
This living wall, the largest on a U.S. university campus, invites a more full engagement with the university experience while cleaning the building’s air and reducing energy consumption.

Intensive Residential Award
Project: The Visionaire, New York City, NY
Award Recipient: MKM Landscape Architecture
The roof terrace at The Visionaire maximizes the productive capabilities of this certified LEED Platinum building, combining urban agriculture, stormwater retention, and impressive plant variety.

Intensive Institutional Award
Project: Vancouver Island University, Duncan, BC
Award Recipient: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture
The green roofs at VIU successfully connect the university to both the ecosystem of the Cowichan Valley and the values and culture of local Cowichan Tribes.

Extensive Commercial/Industrial Award
Project: Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility, Petaluma, CA
Award Recipient: SYMBIOS eco-tecture
Situated along the Petaluma River, this green roof helps the water recycling facility it sits on provide clean water for the community, while also demonstrating the sustainable aspects of building integrated vegetation.

Special Recognition Award
Project: Olive Street Residence, Winchester, MA
Award Recipient: Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Bringing green roofs to a suburban residential location where they frequently are not seen, the judges chose to recognize this project for the example it sets for lower density development across North America.

In addition to these projects being honored, three individuals have also been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the green roof and wall industry:

Research Award
Winner: Dr. Maureen Connelly, British Columbia Institute of Technology

President’s Corporate Award
Winner: Douglas York, Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc.

Civic Award
Winner: Scott Potter, Director, Nashville Metro Water Services

See each one from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities here.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Black, Director of Business Development, GRHC at: or 416.535.2586.


Make sure to join the celebration to honor the GRHC winners and highlight these outstanding individuals and projects at CitiesAlive at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Awards of Excellence Luncheon.

Kudos to all!  See you there!

~ Linda V.