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.

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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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Hobbit Hollow for Sale in Upstate New York

August 13, 2018 at 4:24 pm

Hobbit Hollow

As seen on various media recently, The Hobbit Hollow resides in Pawling, a town in upstate New York, and is now on the market for sale.

A true labor of love from a J.R.R. Tolkien super fan, civil engineer Jim Costigan recently completed his own Hobbit hole, started almost seven years ago.  Jim reluctantly said, “I’ve got to take the Ring and throw it into the fires of Mordor.”

Hobbit Hollow

Hobbit Hollow

Jim’s cast-in-place concrete roof, earth sheltered Passive House is very energy-efficient and he says it uses 90 percent less energy to heat and cool it compared to the average home.  Along with a beautiful living roof, Hobbit Hollows’ sustainable features comprise low air infiltration; super-insulated walls, roof, and floor; high-performance windows and exterior doors; energy recovery ventilation; and ADA accessibility both inside and out.

Hobbit Hollow

Yet, the reason the Lord of the Rings (LOTR), The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion enthusiast built a Hobbit hole was for love.  First, Jim built a smaller shed as a tribute and then this 1,500 square-foot home with all of the modern trimmings as his interpretation of a Hobbit abode from the Peter Jackson movie trilogies.

“The house in the movie was off the charts. That’s what really inspired me, how do you build a house that’s like that?” ~ Jim Costigan, News12 Westchester

Hobbit Hollow

Photo: JLC Online.

Hobbit Hollow

Well, Jim has a blog devoted to answer that exact question – visit My Hobbit Shed and especially see beautiful photos of his finished Hobbit Hollow in the Construction Blog page.  Here are just some roof construction details:

“In addition to tapering the roof slab and thickening the walls and floor, the engineering “wizard” called for the wall-to-arched-slab intersection to be poured monolithically (the roof slab was poured in stages to prevent cold joints from occurring in the tapered slab’s more structurally critical thickened portions). First, they poured the thickened edges (10 feet up the roof) along the length of the building, then finished up with the remaining center section. Continuous “shear keys” were formed in both concrete walls (at the footing and roof-to-wall junctures) to prevent lateral movement.” ~ Forming a Hobbit House Roof, JLC Online

Hobbit Hollow

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: Hobbiton™ Movie Set

Just like Aramis and my favorite late night show host, Stephen Colbert, I’m a huge LOTR fan, too (OK, I’m certainly not as nerdy as Stephen – I wish I were, but I’m not).  As many of you know, we visited the Hobbiton™ Movie Set in New Zealand in 2014 and it was truly an experience of a lifetime – read my Greenroofs.com Explores Middle-earth at Hobbiton, NZ.

In Jim’s honor, we are once again featuring the Hobbiton™ Movie Set as our current Project of the Week:

Hobbit Hollow

Obviously, as an equally obsessive greenroof devotee and promoter, I just had to share Jim’s passionate construction journey and story with you!

Hobbit Hollow

Hobbit Hollow

Hobbit Hollow

Are you interested, perhaps, in your own unexpected journey in a laid-back, Hobbit smial with round door and mystical markings?  How about a cozy lifestyle that Bilbo Baggins himself would most likely approve in the geothermal 2/2 Hobbit Hollow home with its own rooftop patio?  If so, just contact Jim Costigan.

Hobbit Hollow

Hobbit Hollow

Hobbit Hollow

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 30, 2018: Fenway Farms

July 29, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms
Boston, MA, USA
7,000 sf. Greenroof

Fenway Farms

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 30, 2018

While enjoying the summer here in the suburbs of Atlanta, I remembered back three years ago when Aramis, one of my best friends D’Arcy Goldman, our daughter Anjuli, and our then 6-year old grandson Nicky had the pleasure of visiting Fenway Farms in Boston.  I figured this would be a great time to replay it.

On July 7, 2015 we were given a wonderful private tour by Brendan Shea of Recover Green Roofs, the company who designed and installed the Red Sox’s Fenway Park rooftop farm.

Fenway Farms

The early July temperature difference from the street below on Yawkey Way to the lush verdant field of crops above was palpable!  Part of an ongoing campaign by the Red Sox to exemplify and promote healthy and responsible ways of living, it felt (I didn’t actually measure) 10 degrees cooler as Brendan led us through the many rows of varied, colorful vegetables and flowers.

Nicky had a great time exploring the paths and wandering amongst the large leafy greens, and had quite a few questions of his own for Brendan, like how did they get those plants up onto the roof?

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Brendan talked about their modular system filled with compost-based growing media, the smart irrigation system, their partner Green City Growers who provide all farm management services including planting and harvesting, and the bountiful harvest already grown since opening day on April 13 of 2015.

The Red Sox ownership is another great example of corporate leadership – a living testament to greening our built environment – this time above the world famous Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in the U.S., and one of the greenest.

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Afterwards we were treated to watching some of the Red Sox team warm up, and we ended our visit to Fenway Park with a lively game against our own Miami Marlins (who unfortunately lost).  Thank you again to Mark Winterer and Brendan Shea of Recover Green Roofs for a memorable tour of a fantastic project!

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Mini Description & Details

Seeded atop the roof of the Red Sox front office and the Gate A entrance of Boston’s beloved Fenway Park, Fenway Farms is the 7,000 square foot rooftop garden designed to provide over 6,000 pounds of organic produce to ballpark attendees each year.

Since its completion for Opening Day on April 13, 2015, Fenway Farms has invigorated what was once an oddly shaped, unused roof into a thriving rooftop farm.

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

The transformation was initially conceived by Linda Pizzuti, wife of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, as part of an ongoing campaign by the Red Sox to exemplify and promote healthy and responsible ways of living.

As such, the project was engineered with sustainability in mind on all levels, is highly visible to ballpark attendees, and has been included as a stop on the official Fenway Park tour.

Fenway Farms

Fenway Farms

Covered with a waterproofing membrane from Carlisle, Recover Green Roofs designed and built Fenway Farms using its Recover Aerated Media Module (RAAM) system, which features a series of 5-gallon non-woven fabric-lined crates made of 50% recycled plastic content.

Located long the 3rd base side of Fenway Park, the site is equipped with an automated Weathermatic Smartlink drip irrigation system to conserve water while supporting the farm’s rotating array of vegetables and herbs.  Crops are sown in locally sourced Vermont Compost Company soil, and Fenway EMC Chefs are incorporated into the process of selecting which plants will be grown each season.

Fenway Farms

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They then utilize the weekly harvests in salads and fresh side dishes prepared in the EMC Club kitchen, incorporating a range of arugula, snap peas, and rosemary in the spring season to eggplant and potatoes come the summer months.

Fenway officials hope to teach fans and younger folks about the importance of sustainability and healthy living, and Fenway Farms is a tool for that education.

Fenway Farms

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Year: 2015
Owner: Boston Red Sox
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 7,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Fenway Farms

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Membrane Manufacturer & Supplier: Carlisle
Membrane Installation: Chaffee Roofing
Filter Fabric Supplier: Root Down Hydroponics
Soil Media Supplier: Vermont Compost Company
Plant Supplier: Natick Community Farm and seeds by Green City Growers (gcg)
Green Roof Design & Installation: Recover Green Roofs
Irrigation Design & Installation: Recover Green Roofs
Irrigation Control System: Weathermatic Smartlink
Irrigation Supply/Consultant: Northeast Nursery
Farming Company: Green City Growers
Modular Greenroof System: Recover Aerated Media Module (RAMM), Recover Green Roofs
Turf Consultant: Scott Koesterich, New England Turf Store

Fenway Farms

All the Info:

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

Fenway Farms

Overlooking Fenway Farms at Fenway Stadium. Photo via Green City Growers.

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/30/18 photo credits courtesy of Recover Green Roofs and Green City Growers.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 16, 2018: Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

July 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

 Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space
Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY, USA
21,711 sf Greenroof

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 16, 2018

When I think of a sensitively and beautifully designed meadow in the sky in Brooklyn, I immediately think of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center and the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space.  Both are the result of hard work and commitment to ameliorating the local environment and bringing nature back into the city’s urban fabric.

The Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space is unique in many ways, but perhaps most importantly because it was also designed to function as an interactive open space for people, as well as flora and fauna.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Designer and greenroof promoter/builder Marni Majorelle is the brainchild behind this awesome community endeavor and project embracing environmental stewardship.  Knowing she needed a local non-profit as a partner, she approached the NYC Audubon who along with Newton Creek Alliance and others put the financial wheels in motion.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Yet, without the corporate and personal involvement of Tony and Gina Argento, owners of Broadway Stages where the greenroof is located, the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space simply would not have been possible.  Donating the roof space and matching funds, the Argentos are prime examples of community leadership in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!  And the result is a beautiful Green Roof & Community Space for all to enjoy.

Finally, it’s always great when we can incorporate film snippets in our Project of the Week videos.  Karen Benfield, a board member of NYC Audubon, created a wonderful video with her production company, Lark Song Media.  We’re thankful to the NYC Audubon / Lark Song Media for sharing theirs!

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Mini Description & Details

Located in a highly industrial area in north Brooklyn, Kingsland Wildflowers is a Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund project committed to expanding natural habitat and green corridors for bird and wildlife populations.

The project is a great example of a creative partnership, an inspiring vision, and an urban transformation for the benefit of the community.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

First created in the mind of Marni Majorelle, founder of Alive Structures, she brought together local businesses and non-profit organizations in joining efforts.  The space for the green roof was donated by Tony Argento, founder of Broadway Stages, a local film and production company.

The NYC Audubon manages the project and oversees green roof wildlife monitoring through bat and bird microphones and swallow houses installed on the green roof.  Newtown Creek Alliance conducts research into land use, policy, and economic factors of green roof installation in industrial areas.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

The Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space had its grand opening in September 2016, and by August 2017 it also included a second sedum roof.  The green roof oasis acts as a natural habitat – a habitat expansion program – to foster local bird and wildlife populations.

Designed by Marni Majorelle, plants were specifically selected to attract birds and other wildlife with native grasses and herbaceous perennial species native to New York.  One is the Butterfly Weed, used as a host plant for monarch butterflies and produces silky seed pod fibers used by Boston Orioles and American Goldfinches in nesting.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

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The rooftop wildflower meadow is supported by ultralite growing media, the rooflite® semi-intensive 500 series.  A sphere water fountain overflows with water, nestled amidst the winding New York State Bluestone walkway, and the water feature is a popular focal point of the green roof garden.

The Kingsland Wildflowers Greenroof & Community Space offers enrichment activities for the neighborhood, including author lectures, eco-festivals, native plant walk tours, bird surveys, wine and beer tastings, and an outdoor classroom for local schools and the general public.  Greenpoint can now enjoy a green corridor habitat of native grasses and flowers for New York City’s bird, bat, and pollinator populations.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Year: 2016, 2017
Owner: Broadway Stages
Location: Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 21711 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

 

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Marni Majorelle, Alive Structures
Waterproofing Membrane & Insulation: Alive Structures
General Contractor: Alive Structures
Soil System: Perennial Roofs, rooflite®
Growing Media: rooflite semi-intensive 500
Water Retention Layer & Filter Layer: Conservation Technologies
Roofing Consultant: Rex Lari, Engineer, Total Structural Group, LLC
Kingsland Wildflowers Project Coordinator: Niki Jackson, New York City Audubon

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

All the Info:

View the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/16/18 video credits: NYC Audubon / Lark Song Media.  Video photo credits courtesy of rooflite®; New York City Audubon including from Mitch Waxman and Niki Jackson; Kingsland Wildflowers, and the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Space Facebook page.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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