Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for August 13, 2018: Hobbiton Movie Set

August 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton™ Movie Set
Matamata, New Zealand
2,300 sf. Greenroofs (estimated)

Hobbiton Movie Set

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: August 13, 2018

Have you seen the Hobbit-like home in Pawling, New York that’s currently on the market?  Read my new “Hobbit Hollow for Sale in Upstate New York” to learn more about the earth sheltered passive house.  And, since the beloved furry-footed Hobbit dwellings are in the news once more, we’re featuring their “real” home: The Hobbiton™ Movie Set as our Project of the Week again.

Kia ora – Welcome to New Zealand!

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Hobbiton Movie Set

As a lifelong fan of The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) books and subsequent epic fantasy adventure movies, I naturally was extremely excited when I was in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.  I was invited to speak at a private function organized by Graham Cleary of Natural Habitats and was overjoyed at the prospect of finally visiting Hobbiton, the movie set located on the North Island where Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (New Line Cinema) and The Hobbit (Warner Brothers) trilogies were partially filmed.

Hobbiton Movie Set

New Zealand, Aotearoa in Maori, is a beautiful, magical country with varied landscapes – gorgeous rocky beaches with beautiful shells; lush, oversized vegetation reminiscent of a land of the lost look like throwbacks to prehistoric times; rolling green hills dotted with grazing sheep; magnificent mountains with soaring jagged peaks; stunning lakes; and so much more.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Aramis and I spent about a week here on the North Island with Natural Habitats’ Graham and Louise Cleary as hosts at their lovely coastal home on the Great Barrier Island followed by a couple of days in Auckland where I had the pleasure of speaking to about 100 professionals at The Northern Club, ending in our visit to mythical Hobbiton, the highlight of my trip (Aramis is not the huge fan that I am, however even he loved it!).

Hobbiton Movie Set

As luck would have it, at the time Graham’s company was creating a greenwall for Peter Jackson and his studio, Wingnut Films Productions Limited.  At first he tried to have us visit that project, but timing didn’t allow it…so Graham arranged for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set from one of Wingnut Films Productions crew – Brian Massey, the Academy Award-winning art director, no less, from the LOTR!  You can imagine my geeky excitement!

Hobbiton Movie Set

Brian Massey and me at the entrance to Hobbiton within the actual property.

For more on our adventures, see my “Greenroofs.com Explores Middle-earth at Hobbiton, NZ” for tons more information and photos.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, Middle Earth.

Mini Description & Details

The vivid descriptions of the peaceful, merry, and diminutive Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books have been brought to life through the magic of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson.

Situated within the picturesque 1,250 acre Alexander sheep farm on New Zealand’s North Island, the 12-acre Hobbiton™ Movie Set represents Tolkien’s vision of the idyllic Middle-earth village of the Shire.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

In 1999 a temporary movie set was constructed by Wingnut Films Productions for the multi-award winning The Lord of The Rings trilogy with a total of 37 smials, or Hobbit holes, nestled within the bucolic countryside. The original set was largely deconstructed afterwards, but was permanently rebuilt in 2011 for The Hobbit trilogy.

Hobbiton Movie Set

The gourd artist’s smial – they’re pretty small inside.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Vegetable Garden

Forty-four unique earth-sheltered Hobbit homes were constructed of stone, concrete and brick, covered with native grasses and clovers and surrounded by gardens and orchards farmed for fresh produce. There are approximately 2.3km (and growing) of hedges and 30 – 200 plants around each Hobbit house and 1.2km of hedges and mature Hobbit-scale trees were sourced from all over the local countryside.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

The potter’s abode.

Hobbiton Movie Set

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There are over 50 staff on a permanent basis – up to 180 staff over the peak period – at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, including 7 – 8 gardeners during height of season and 5 in the winter.

Accessible only by tour, the Hobbiton™ Movie Set is now a permanent passive attraction complete with rolling greenroofed Hobbit holes, gardens, double arched bridge, thatched stone Mill and The Green Dragon™ Inn with its own distinctive thatched rolling roofs offering traditional Hobbit fare and exclusively crafted Southfarthing™ refreshments.

Hobbiton Movie Set

The Green Dragon with the stone mill and bridge in the foreground; Photo Source: Hobbiton Tours.

Hobbiton Movie Set

The Green Dragon Inn from across the lake.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Year: 2011
Owner: Alexander Farm with Peter Jackson
Location: Matamata, New Zealand
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size:
2,300 sq.ft. averaged & estimated
Slope: 9% averaged & estimated
Access: Accessible, Private

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Edible flowers and herbs.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Site Design & Layout: Wingnut Films Productions Limited
Earth-Sheltered Design & Construction: Wingnut Films Productions Limited
Maintenance: Wingnut Films Productions Limited
General Manager: Russell Alexander, Hobbiton Movie Set
Hobbiton Movie Set Arborist & Art Director, The Lord of the Rings: Brian Massey

Hobbiton Movie Set

Bilbo’s Party Field.

Hobbiton Movie Set

All the Info:

View the Hobbiton™ Movie Set project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Hobbiton™ Movie Set Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/13/18 photo credits courtesy of Linda S. Velazquez; Tourism New Zealand by Sara Orme; and Hobbiton Tours.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Portland Adopts a Green Roof Requirement in the Central City 2035 Plan

June 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Portland is changing the Nature of its rooftops!

Green roof advocates everywhere are celebrating the recently adopted Portland Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035 Plan), which includes a mandate for vegetated roofing.  The Ecoroof Requirement, as it is called, goes into effect starting July 2018 and includes buildings in the Central City over net 20,000 square feet, with rooftop parking exempt.

The green roof must cover 100% of the roof (that includes appropriate vegetated free zones), with up to 40% exemptions for rooftop mechanical equipment.

“The CC2035 Plan establishes a new generation of goals and tools to ensure the city center becomes an even more thriving economic, cultural, educational and recreational hub for the region over the next 20+ years.” ~ The City of Portland Oregon, Planning and Sustainability

The success of this landmark mandate is due to a united effort between local nonprofits, community members, and our elected officials.  The Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) has been supporting the City of Portland with green roof studies, symposia and stakeholder testimony throughout the years leading to the development of the requirement.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Greenroofs.com, the Audubon Society, Portland State University, and various local stakeholders have also had a significant impact on the awareness and research of green roofing in Portland and beyond.

Previous Portland Ecoroof Incentive

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

The new Ecoroof Requirement within the Portland Central City 2035 Plan revisits the previous successful Portland Ecoroof Incentive:

“From 2008 to 2012, Environmental Services offered property owners and developers an ecoroof construction incentive of $5 per square foot. Ecoroof costs vary according to project size, design and complexity. Environmental Services granted almost $2 million in incentives that helped fund over 130 projects that created more than 8 acres of ecoroofs that manage an average of 4.4 million gallons of stormwater annually.” ~ The City of Portland, Oregon, Environmental Services

Stewardship for the environment and human health does not get bestowed upon us from the top-down.  For a new paradigm to take root, communities must unite toward a goal, and then stick together throughout all of the challenges and objections that arise.  It is our own responsibility to keep our municipal, state, and national leaders on track and informed to protect our resources and enhance our livelihoods.

Portland has spoken, adding our voice to the swelling tidal wave of cities incorporating green roofs into their long-term plans for urban resiliency.

~ Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP, President, GRiT Board of Directors

 

Update:

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

On June 20, 2018 GRiT held a big tour of the Multnomah County Building (Amy Joslin Memorial Eco Roof at the Multnomah Building) last week to celebrate the new Ecoroof Requirement.

 

GRiT is the Green Roof Info Think-tank

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

The Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) is a network of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers and community members joining together to grow the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific NW. GRiT is a registered 501c-3 non-profit organization. We host monthly meetings, seasonal tours, lectures, community outreach efforts, and semi-annual green roof symposia, among many other fun events.

GRiT was established in 2009 by volunteers looking for ways to advance the green roof industry in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  Over the following years, GRiT served as a forum for sharing research, building relationships, and promoting the green roof industry.

Visit www.greenroofthinktank.org.

 

Elizabeth Hart Morris

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP is the President of Green Up LLC, a woman-owned roof consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon. She is also co-founder of MycoCycle which focuses on advancing roof recycling technologies. For more than 10 years Elizabeth has been changing the “nature” of commercial roofing through green roof project management, roof recycling, advocacy and nonprofit work.

Elizabeth is also the President of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a non-profit organization dedicated to growing the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific Northwest, and she serves as the Green Roof Professional (GRP) Education Chair on the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Board of Directors.

Contact Elizabeth at:
www.greenuproofing.com
www.greenroofthinktank.org
morris@greenuproofing.com
404-725-1602

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for May 21, 2018: Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

May 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living FacadeSihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade
Zürich, Switzerland
6,313 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: May 21, 2018

We’ve featured many types of greenwalls over the years as our Project of the Week, mostly growing media- and hydroponic based systems, but not many green facades yet.  See these: One Premier Place in Irvine, CA; Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden in Zaragoza, Spain; the 345 Meatpacking Green Facades in New York, NY; and One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, which has both living walls and green façades.

Why?  Because people (designers, manufacturers, owners, etc.) aren’t submitting them to The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!

Facade greening features a training structure that supports vines, both trailers and climbers, growing upward from the ground away from the building.  And there are two main types: a multidimensional welded wire trellising system, and a variety of stainless steel cable and mesh systems.

So, we’re very happy to be showcasing the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade, a beautiful, lush green facade that is thriving in Zürich.  Read below to learn a bit about its construction, and click on any of the photos to take you to the Project Profile where you can read all about this challenging greenwall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

By the way, the massive Sihlcity is covered in extensive greenroofs, and we’d love to feature them as an upcoming Project of the Week…

Does anyone know about who designed or installed them, or what systems were used?  Please let me know!

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Mini Description & Details

Sihlcity is a shopping mall in Zurich built on the grounds of a former paper mill near the Sihl River.  Stretching over 100,000 square meters, Sihlcity is one of Switzerland’s largest shopping and leisure complexes, and it’s covered in extensive greenroofs.

Designed by architect Theo Hotz, it attracts 20,000 visitors a day offering a broad range of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, cultural events, a hotel, offices, and living spaces.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

zhdamalsheute.ch shows the former Papierfabrik Sihl, now Sihlcity, in 1951 photo from ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Picture Archive, and in 2016, photo by zhdamalsheute.ch.

Jakob Rope Systems participated in several facets of this landmark project.  The eastern facade of the 8-story high parking garage was equipped with a green wall planned by Jakob AG, and the southern facade of the same building was covered with a stainless steel net across a large surface.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

With a height of 23 meters and a width of 25.5 meters, the sheer size and resulting loads made it impossible to apply standard solutions.  Jakob designed the training systems in cooperation with Raderschall landscape architects and provided installation on site.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

The relatively wide-meshed training structure is formed by vertical and horizontal ropes of various thicknesses suspended at a distance of 70 cm in front of the facade.  This allows plenty of growing space for the mainly Chinese wisteria and birthworts.

The distribution of the rugged, custom steel spacers, mounted to the slabs of the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth floors, follows a clear-cut grid pattern.  The same applies to the vertical ropes which matches the graphically strong aspect of the design.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

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The striking living wall delivers an elegant aesthetic solution to the car park facade, as well as a number of advantages including providing a sunscreen in the summer to help keep the car park cool; an additional layer of insulation during the winter; a level of sound insulation for the busy car park; and an effective deterrent to graffiti.

Sihlcity is a great example of reutilization and preservation of the site’s industrial heritage with both repurposed and new buildings, along with a beautiful living facade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Year: 2007
Owner: Karl Steiner AG
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Green Façade
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6313 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Theo Hotz
Greenwall Training System Design: Jakob AG and Raderschall
Greenwall System: Webnet, Jakob Rope Systems
Greenwall Installation: Jakob Rope Systems

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

All the Info:

View the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/21/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Jakob Rope Systems; Sihlcity; and 1951 photo from ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Picture Archive and 2016 photo by zhdamalsheute.ch.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade profile.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

May 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

On April 18 I participated in our first Twitter Chat with The Global Grid.  Along with our fellow panelists Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, and Ben Flanner, Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid hosted the live event and I have to say it was pretty cool!

I’ll take this opportunity to thank Sarah of The Global Grid for reaching out to us, as they say.

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Green Roofs #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap

To get an idea of what you missed, check out Sarah’s post Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Chat Recap.  Here’s an excerpt:

April’s #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat was dedicated to green roofs, a special sustainable building feature gaining popularity in cities around the world. During our chat, we asked if green roofs benefit more than the buildings they sit atop and if their many benefits extend to the city level; contributing to citywide sustainability goals.

We are pleased to have been joined by Greenroofs.com to co-host this special World Landscape Architecture Month chat, and by four green roofs experts in Europe and the United States who constituted the chat panel:

The conversation was structured around five questions. Our panelists’ answers were perceptive and insightful. Check a summary of their contributions below:

  1. Green roof design and type depend greatly on the structure of their host building

Green roofs present an extra load that should be accounted for in the structural calculations of new buildings or tolerated by the structures of existing buildings. While growing food might be one of the most popular features of green roofs, most existing buildings structures are not apt to carry the extra weight of intensive green roofs. Retrofitting projects can, therefore, be often limited to installing extensive green roofs which still have great environmental benefits.

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  1. Green roof costs are offset by their long-term benefits at the building and community scale

Green roofs are long-term investments. At the building level, they extend the roof’s life, reduce its energy costs and increase the property’s overall value. The benefits for the community are even greater. Green roofs contribute to making communities more sustainable and climate resilient. Accessible green roofs create additional open spaces for community activities and increase a neighborhood’s brand value, which attracts more development and investment creating a virtuous cycle of benefits.

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Read more at The Global Grid here.

Virtually Fast & Furious

It was also my first time utilizing the TweetDeck app, and I ended up opening 5 more columns to follow everyone – of course, Aramis helped me and enjoyed the experience, too.  Here are a couple of screen shots:

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You know we are no strangers to Virtual Events, and think this is another great way to communicate the world over – Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture – at no or relatively no expense.

If you couldn’t join us, please do in our next Twitter Chat venture.  And, if fast and furious along with greenroofs and walls excite you, join us in a Twitter Chat soon!

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

I’m not sure when that will be, but we’ll let you know and welcome your ideas for future topics and collaborations!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host